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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 […]

Ed Southern on the Arts as Economic Engine

A guest column by North Carolina Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern appeared in yesterday’s Winston-Salem Journal. For nearly a century now, our state has built, sustained and justified a remarkable tradition of support for the arts. We opened a state-sponsored School of the Arts despite the opponents who dismissed it as “toe-dancing school.” We […]

House General Government Committee Debating Budget – Action Needed

In the proposed state budget released Monday, May 20, the North Carolina Arts Council saw their operating budget slashed by a disproportionate amount in relation to other programs in the NC Department of Cultural Resources. The state’s proposed budget doubled the cuts recommended by Governor Pat McCrory. Such a drastic reduction to the NCAC’s operating […]

Creative Jobs in NC Up 8.5 Percent

Given the recently proposed budget cuts to the North Carolina Arts Council, we thought this was worth passing along. The bulletpoints below are especially interesting, and worth remembering when weighing the value of the arts to our local economy. Findings from the annual Creative Vitality Index (CVI) update, released last week, show an increase of […]

Senate Budget Update

Thank you to the many Network members who responded to Monday’s Call to Action. We thought you would want to see the update below, especially the news that legislators took note of your many phone calls and e-mails. They have learned—in case they didn’t already know—that we’re paying attention. Please note that this is just […]

Proposed Senate Budget Slashes Arts Funding: Call Senator Brunstetter Today!

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Last night the Senate released its Biennium budget for 2013-2015. We are profoundly disappointed and concerned that Senate leadership has disproportionately targeted the North Carolina Arts Council for debilitating cuts of $1.78 million to the grants programs and administration. This recommendation represents a 8% reduction in […]

NC Arts Council to Host Public Meeting Near You

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: The North Carolina Arts Council staff and board want to connect with you as we develop our 2014 — 2018 Strategic Plan. Please join us as we conduct a series of public meetings across the state. We need your thoughts and ideas to help us create a […]

The Network’s Been in the News ….

Our 2012 Fall Conference runs this weekend, November 2-4. And we’ve been in the news a whole bunch over the last several weeks. Fall Conference has gained attention from the following media outlets: Cary News Durham Herald-Sun North Carolina Arts Council Southern Literary Review The Stubborn Writer UNC-TV North Carolina Now (Oct. 9) “Who’s Talking” with […]

Calling All Writers: Apply for the 2013-2014 NCAC Artist Fellowships

By Claire Korzen Writers around North Carolina have an opportunity to receive a grant of $10,000 through the NC Arts Council’s yearly Artist Fellowships. Writers, songwriters, and composers are all eligible to apply for the 2013-2014 Fellowship cycle; applications are due at 5:00 pm on November 1, 2012. The NCAC welcomes writing in any medium: […]