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Time to Nominate NC’s Next Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH—Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through October 14, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. The timeline is short, so immediate attention to nominations is encouraged. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the office as […]

Let’s Thank Our State Government Reps

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the state budget signed earlier this month by the North Carolina governor sustained funding to the North Carolina Arts Council at current levels. ARTS North Carolina is asking constituents to write a hard copy letter to your Senator and Representative at their Raleigh office: […]

Bathanti: A Documentary

Some of you may have already had the chance to see the documentary Bathanti, in which Pittsburgh native and Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti travels with filmmaker Kevin Balling to the places that inform Bathanti’s poetry, novels, short stories, and essays. Bathanti, of course, is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate and a […]

Goggin Repeats as NC Representative for Poetry Out Loud

Moore County high school student Casey Goggin was crowned the North Carolina champion of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Competition for the second year in a row. That’s back-to-back championships for the sixteen-year-old from Pine Crest High School—officially making him a dynasty. At least in our books. Goggin recited complex poems “The Bad Old Days” […]

Poetry Out Loud Registration Now Open

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: The N.C. Arts Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Greensboro Public Library, invites NC students to participate in Poetry Out Loud to gain a deeper appreciation of great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud seeks […]

Some Good News on the State Budget

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who took time over the past few months to call or e-mail your state representatives and stood up for the arts in North Carolina. We received some good news today—the fruit of our labors. Please consider thanking your representatives for listening to those of us who value the arts in […]

Call to Action Extended

From ARTS North Carolina: If you have taken action to communicate with Legislators about the North Carolina Arts Council budget and about tax reform affecting all nonprofit arts organizations, THANK YOU!! If you have not taken action, contacting Legislators should be this week’s priority. The current Call to Actions do not expire until the conference […]

New Call to Action for Members

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: The 2013-2015 North Carolina biennium budget has entered the “conference” phase. There are profound differences between the House and the Senate regarding grants recommendations for the North Carolina Arts Council. Over the two year budget cycle the difference is a loss of $1,280,000 (Senate) or a loss of […]

Good News from NCGA, But There’s More to Do

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: It’s been a busy 24 hours at the General Assembly as the House debated its budget on the floor for eight hours yesterday and took a final vote today. And the results are… Initial House Budget North Carolina Arts Council Grants – $228,000 in reductions for both years […]

Play Me Some Mountain Music

Did you know that eleven musicians from western North Carolina have been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship—the country’s greatest honor in the traditional arts? Or that the banjo was introduced to western North Carolina by African slaves migrating west from the Piedmont to the South Carolina Low Country? Of course, North Carolina has since produced […]