Spark the Arts


spark the arts

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.

Fall back in love with the arts is a seasonal Spark the Arts promotion highlighting arts events across North Carolina i. Presenters, destination marketing organizations, and arts centers across the state can connect to Fall back in love with the arts - and upcoming promotions - by using this toolkit

Featured Events

Starting Oct. 15th, classical music concerts at the North Carolina Symphony


Starting October 16 - Exquisite Creatures: The Art of Christopher Marley at the North Carolina Natural Science Museum


Now - Dec. 29 - Wednesday Night Live - A weekly event series presented by the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture and the Knight Theatre


Starting October 23 - Dressing the Abbey - N.C. History Museum

Starting October 23 - Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary - N.C. Art Museum


Dec. 10-11 - Holiday Pops - N.C. Symphony


now - January 17, visual vanguard: an exhibit of contemporary black carolina artists at the Harvey Gantt center


Dec. 4-19 The Velveteen Rabbit, Children's Theatre of Charlotte


Dec. 10-19, Nativity according to the gospels, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company


November 13 - Boundless - Stephen Hayes sculpture unveil / dedication at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington


Dec. 31 First Night Raleigh 2022, presented by Artsplosure


Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Fest 2022, African American Dance Ensemble


Starting Dec. 5, the 42nd Annual Winter Show at GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art


Dec. 10-19  It's a wonderful life a live radio play, Black Mountain Center for the Arts Theatre


Learn More

In addition to attending an arts events, there are several ways North Carolinians can participate in Spark the Arts now: 

  1. If you have good arts news to share, please email our Special Projects Coordinator Samuel Gerweck at We want to help spread the word about sold out shows, newly opened spaces, and other benchmarks in the arts sector's road to recovery from the pandemic. 
  2. If you are a North Carolina arts organization, presenter, or artist, use the Spark the Arts logo and hashtag #SparkTheArtsNC to promote in-person arts events now.
  3. If you are a North Carolina arts supporter, shine a light on what the arts mean to you by sharing photos and appreciation posts about the arts events you attend with the hashtag #SparkTheArtsNC

Staff Contact

Sandra Davidson

Sandra Davidson
Marketing and Communications Director
Email Sandra

Sam Gerweck

Sam Gerweck
Special Projects Coordinator
Email Sam