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Ashley Lupfer and Jazzmone Sutton

North Carolina Arts Council

Our series concludes with interviews with arts educators from Swift Creek Elementary in Raleigh and Rockingham Middle School in Rockingham.

Rebecca Craig, Katherine Pope, Slater Mapp

North Carolina Arts Council

Our second installment of this series features interviews with arts educators from Green Level High School in Cary. The final installment of this series will be live on Friday.

Bryan Wilson and Chandra McCloud-Glover

North Carolina Arts Council

To observe National Arts in Education Week, we asked a group of arts educators to reflect on the triumphs and challenges of teaching the arts this year. Their responses exemplify the dedication and ingenuity of North Carolina’s arts teachers and give us a deeper understanding of why arts instruction is critically important during this time of struggle. We kick this series off with two interviews with arts educators at Northwest School of the Arts, in Charlotte. We will publish new installments of this series on our blog all week.

North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina is home to a dazzling array of African-American writers who have been meeting and working for more than twenty-five years in service

An image of musician Tift Merritt standing in the crook of a tree with orange leaves, with a large drum propped behind her.

Story & Interview by Sandra Davidson

It was big news when Tift Merritt returned to Raleigh, North Carolina last year. Born in Houston, T.X. but planted in the City of Oaks by the age of two, the Grammy-nominated songstress began making waves in the early 2000s with her dynamic voice and evocative song writing. Last year she and her daughter Jean moved back to her hometown after a nine-year stint in New York City, marking a new chapter of Tift’s career anchored in family, writing, and roots. Tift, a 2019–20 N.C. Artist Fellowship Awardee, shared her thoughts on North Carolina arts in a 50 for 50 interview.

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