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Let’s Talk about Funding for the Arts

A few bulletpoints to ponder from our friends at ARTS North Carolina: The state is experiencing a $62 million shortfall in its first quarter. No projections on how large it will be by June 30, but bones are rattling. Governor McCrory has already instructed departments to reduce their budgets by 2 percent, and not necessarily […]

Moore, Shapiro to Receive North Carolina Awards for Literature

Lenard D. Moore—poet, essayist, writer, and playwright, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive—has been awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the North Carolina Awards have been presented annually since 1964. The award recognizes significant contributions to the state and nation in the […]

Last Call for Nominations for North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: Nominations for the North Carolina poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will close soon on October 14. Nominations can be made online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. Governor Pat McCrory will announce his selection in early December. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the […]

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: […]

So What Does a Poet Laureate, You Know, Actually Do?

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have an official poet laureate; the national Poet Laureate position, established in 1937, carries with it a $35,000 annual stipend. But what does a poet laureate actually do? The Indy Week examined this question in the aftermath of Governor Pat McCrory’s unilateral selection of Valerie Macon as North […]

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 […]