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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 […]

NC Arts Council Announces SmART Initiatives for Five Communities

The North Carolina Arts Council has granted a total of $135,000 to fund SmART Initiatives in five communities around the state. Burnsville, Durham, Greensboro, Wilson, and Winston-Salem were chosen for pilot projects that will “use the arts for leveraging local creative talents and creative assets to stimulate community prosperity and growth.” From the press release: […]

Mecklenburg Arts Organizations Drive $200m a Year

In June, we highlighted a new study by the North Carolina Arts Council that found that the “nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.2 billion in direct economic activity in North Carolina, supporting more than 43,600 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $119 million in revenue for local governments and the State of North Carolina.” This […]

Economic Impact of Creative Nonprofits Equals $1.2 Billion

In May, we encouraged readers of this blog to contact their state legislators to remind them that any further cuts to the state arts budget would negatively affect every county and “strike at the heart of arts-driven economic development.” But just how impactful would further cuts be? The North Carolina Arts Council released the results […]

Ashe County Arts Council Earns South Arts Grant

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: The Ashe County Arts Councilin West Jefferson is one of 11 presenting organizations sharing $15,869 in Literary Arts Grants funding from South Arts for the 2012-2013 season. The Literary Arts Grants program offers organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage writers of fiction, creative […]

Ron Rash on Doc Watson

A while back, the North Carolina Arts Council taped  author Ron Rash talking about Blue Ridge music in literature—including Deep Gap native and flat-picker Doc Watson, who passed away last week at the age of 89. Here are the links: Ron Rash on Growing Up with Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Traditional Music Ron Rash […]

Jessica Kariisa Finalist in Poetry Out Loud 2012

In March, we blogged about Raleigh Charter School student Jessica Kariisa, the winner of the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition. Well, she made the finals at the National Endowment for the Arts’ national Poetry Out Loud competition, along with only eight other contestants in Washington DC. Photos are up on the web. Jessica is in […]

Call To Action!

I just received the following Call to Action from ARTS North Carolina.  Please, Network members, take a few minutes to read and heed their call.  The staff of the North Carolina Arts Council has made heroic efforts on behalf of our state’s artists and arts community, and now they need our help.  Tell these legislators […]

Wayne Martin Named New NCAC Executive Director

I hope all of the North Carolina Writers’ Network will join in welcoming Wayne Martin to the N.C. Arts Council.  We look forward to working with Mr. Martin for many years to come: Wayne Martin Named Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced […]