North Carolina is an “affordable, livable, artist-friendly state,” thanks in no small part to a plan laid out more than forty years ago by the North Carolina Arts Council:
After decades of vigorous work, experimentation, and refinement, our stateâ€™s arts infrastructure reaches into all 100 counties through one of the most highly developed and effective networks of local arts councils in our nation.
It’s a lot to read, so if you’re crushed for time, artists are specifically addressed in the first goal, “Invest in North Carolina’s Arts and Culture.”
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It’s worthwhile to read the entire draft, though.
For example, did you know the A+ Schools program, which “uses the arts to teach across the entire curriculum,” has now spread to three other states and “regularly receives national attention from enthusiastic business leaders and educators who testify about its proven ability to enhance creativity in our students”?
Or that North Carolina is home to the greatest number of Native Americans “east of the Mississippi”? It’s no secret that cultural diversity is an asset to the arts, which in turn are an asset to the economy, and help make North Carolina a great place to live.