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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: […]

Joseph Bathanti Named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

Joseph Bathanti, who just last year was named a Council Trustee by the North Carolina Humanities Council, has been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate by Governor Bev Purdue. From the press release: “Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes. He first came to North Carolina to work […]

The Cost and True Value of the Arts in North Carolina

In the past few months, we’ve passed along several stories about how arts and culture benefit local economies. The North Carolina Arts Council released a study in June; while just last week the Arts Council announced SmART Initiatives for five North Carolina counties. A recent editorial in the Raleigh News & Observer addresses this same […]