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North Carolina Arts Council

Are you on the hunt for authentic locally made gifts this holiday season? The North Carolina Arts Council is here to help you Wrap Up the year! Support artists in your own community by visiting open studio tours or your local art galleries to find distinctive gifts made right here in North Carolina! Here’s a list of upcoming studio tours, showcases, and art markets that sell the work of talented artists across N.C.

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North Carolina Arts Council

The pandemic's impact on artists and the arts ecosystem has been substantial. Help us #SparkTheArts this holiday season by supporting your local arts council where galleries showcase distinctive gifts of glass, clay, fiber, leather, metal, paper, wood and more! 

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North Carolina Arts Council

Celebrations of the festive season are mostly back in person this year. Here's where to find holiday performances and events across the state. Check out our curated 2021 holiday performance guide.

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Spearheaded by Penland school manager of diversity recruitment & partnerships, Yolanda Sommer, The three-day immersive HBCU Craft School tour helps students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities feel welcomed at Penland, introduces them to the craft school experience, and provides exposure to working artists of color who have thriving craft careers.

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North Carolina Arts Council

Established in 2017, the program offers comprehensive, online job-readiness training customized for artists whose work is learner-centered and focused on community engagement. Students learn skills such as how to design and implement arts experiences for general audiences, manage auditorium performances, engage in school residencies, and develop cultural arts programs for educational and community-based organizations. Graduates of the program have found placements in schools, arts organizations, hospitals, and social service agencies.