Fellowship. Vitality. Healing. These are the qualities the arts spark, and they are what North Carolina needs to rebuild its economy and emerge resiliently from the pandemic. This is why the North Carolina Arts Council created Spark the Arts.
Spark the Arts is an awareness campaign designed to inspire public participation in the arts across North Carolina by highlighting the unique way the arts lift spirits, bring people together, and heal. Recognizing that the people of North Carolina are the spark that keeps the arts alive, well, and thriving, our goal is to ignite the resurgence of our state's arts sector from the pandemic by connecting residents and visitors to arts experiences and arts stories across our state.
Sparktober is a month-long Spark the Arts promotion highlighting arts events across North Carolina in recognition of National Arts and Humanities month. Presenters, destination marketing organizations, and arts centers across the state can connect to Sparktober by using this toolkit to promote arts events taking place in their community in October.
In addition to attending an arts events, there are several ways North Carolinians can participate in Spark the Arts now: