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.

Featured Events

Now-Mar.20, 2022, Stephen Hayes, Voices of Future's Past at the Cameron Art Museum


Jan 21-May 5, Down Home Concerts, Pinecone


Feb.11 - Mar. 31, 2022 - Of Body & Mind, NC Glass Center

Mar. 16-20, Art in Bloom, NC Museum of Art


Mar. 24, An introduction to Appalachian flatfoot and percussive dance, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum


Cosmic Rays


Apr. 7-10, Full Frame Festival, Virtual at

North Carolina Writer's Network 2022 Spring Conference, March 23, 2022


Apr. 28-May 1, Merlefest, Wilkes Community College

Now - May 1, 2022, The World of Anna Sui, The Mint Museum


Long Leaf Film Festival, May 13-14, 2022, NC Museum of History

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 Content Director Kyesha Jennings at or 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

Kyesha Jennings

Kyesha Jennings
Content Director
Email Kyesha

Sam Gerweck

Sam Gerweck
Special Projects Coordinator
Email Sam