Opportunities for Artists
Current Newsletter:(ledger size) Arts Orange County, Summer-Fall, 2006
Highlights from Previous Newsletters:
"Purchase of Existing Works" Competition Results
Fifty (50) eligible applications were received by the March 31, 2006 deadline from artists living in or having a studio in Orange County. Artists submitted images of already-existing original visual art for purchase by Orange County and for display in county-owned buildings. The selection committee, comprised of three Arts Commission board members, met on April 11 and May 4. Their recommendations were presented to the full Arts Commission on May 8, 2006 and to the Board of County Commissioners on June 13, 2006.
Six (6) works of art by the following five (5) artists were selected for purchase:
“Summer Serenade” by Cathy Kiffney of Chapel Hill (21” x 28” x 1”) – hand-built ceramic triptych
Cathy Kiffney’s Artist Statement: “This work is from a series of triptychs The Secret Garden, an ongoing narrative in clay, telling a story of the beauty and mystery of an idyllic natural world. The title Summer Serenade refers to a hopeful notion of harmony among species.”
“Before Eve” by Alice Levinson of Hillsborough (43” x 28”) - batik fabric, machine pieced, appliquéd, and embroidered
Alice Levinson’s Artist Statement: “This work embodies the timeless feminine archetype, generation energy, and creativity. A figure can be found embedded in her lush garden. There are subtle suggestions of movement and growth.”
”Sinter Method: Rivers and Clouds #2 and #3” by Mario Marzan of Chapel Hill (48” x 24” each) – acrylic & graphite on wood panel
Mario Marzan’s Artist Statement: “My work is a reflection of growing up in the central highlands of Puerto Rico. Memories flood my thoughts ad greatly impact my recent work. I create sequences of drawings that fabricate a world where memories are topographically stored and distorted to their limits of collapse. This manipulation enables me to create a visual fiction, calling into question experiences of displacement, and the dilemma of my cultural dualism, from uprooted islander, to citizen of the U.S. mainland.”
“Box Elder” by Jennifer Miller of Durham (Orange County) (22.25” x 13.5”) – watercolor
Jennifer Miller’s Artist Statement: “Along the Eno River, trees cling to the banks through floods and droughts with their roots exposed and intertwined, communities of survivor trees – sycamore, red maple, ironwood, ash, beech, and box elder. This box elder, still bare from winter, was painted with watercolor on the river near Hillsborough in 2004, one in a series of Eno River tree portraits.”
“Riptide” by Martha Petty of Chapel Hill (50.5” x 60”) – oil on paper mounted on canvas
Martha Petty’s Artist Statement: “This painting is one from a series of 30 in which I sought to develop a vocabulary of landscape elements that I could employ to address life’s uncertainties. I used bright, sometimes jarring, colors; winding paths; and water-like grounds created through the use of loose, flowing brushstrokes to heighten the paintings’ emotional ambiguity. In all of these paintings, my goal has been to encourage reflection, rather than to communicate any particular message.”
Southern Human Services Center Public Art Project Update
In the fall of 2004 a public art selection committee was formed to develop a public art project in the Southern Human Services Center (2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill), at the request of the Board of County Commissioners. The committee was composed of art professionals, community members, representatives of the Orange County Arts Commission, and representatives from the following Orange County departments (Manager’s Office, Social Services, Health, Housing, and Community Development). This committee determined that the artwork should be family-friendly and of a calming/soothing nature. The artwork would be sited in a prominent location inside the building, near the reception area.
This committee met in December, 2004, and again in March and April, 2005. A statewide call for qualifications with a March 15, 2005 deadline was distributed to North Carolina artists by direct mail and posted electronically by email and via various listservs and websites. Artists living in Orange County, NC were encouraged to apply. Artists were asked to submit a letter of interest, relevant experience/current resume, up to fifteen (15) images of their work, annotated image list, and references. Thirty-nine (39) responses were received from North Carolina artists. The artist selection committee reviewed the submissions and selected three (3) finalists to interview. Three (3) weeks of public comment were received. The selection committee then recommended artist Sarah Craige (Efland, NC) to the full Orange County Arts Commission for approval. Sarah’s proposal was a carved, glazed ceramic mural integrated into the architectural setting.
Sarah Craige’s concept statement about the piece follows:
“Tree of Life” is a mural that celebrated life, designed for the Southern Human Services Center. The central image of a strong, vital tree is an international symbol for life and growth, family, knowledge, and hope. The tiles are all hand-made terra cotta clay. They are carved and painted with many layers of colors, blazed and fired repeatedly until the rich vibrant colors are achieved. The mural will fill the large architectural niche in the central reception area of the facility. The poetic landscape celebrates and honors all those who visit the Center, from all cultures and for every generation.”
On June 7, 2005, the Board of County Commissioners approved Sarah Craige for the Southern Human Services Center Public Art Project. Sarah has excellent credentials and several years of relevant public art experience and was suggested primarily for her artistic merit and her ability to work successfully in the public art arena.
Since that time, Sarah has been working on this project, which is near completion. The artwork will be installed in the Southern Human Services Center during the summer of 2006. The photos of this project, by Sheldon T. Becker, were taken in the artist’s studio.
Spring 2006 Arts Grants Awarded
The following organizations and individuals were awarded Orange County Arts Grants to support arts programming during the Spring 2006 grant cycle:
For more information, contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or visit our website at www.artsorange.org.
Two Area Students are Orange County Finalists in 2006 Congressional High School Arts Competition
William S. Byrd, a graduate of Orange High School, and James Malone, a rising-senior at Chapel Hill High School, were the finalists from Orange County in the Fourth District Congressional High School Arts Competition, sponsored annually by the U.S. House of Representatives, and implemented locally through Fourth District U.S. Congressman David Price’s office. These two finalists were chosen from Orange County to participate at the district level. The district-wide reception was held on Monday, May 22, 2006 at the Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough.
William is the son of Lesley Stanford of Hillsborough. His art teacher at Orange High School was Elizabeth Dell-Jones. James is the son of Peter Malone of Carrboro. His art teacher at Chapel Hill High School is Pamela Pate.
The Orange County Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County worked together to make this fourth district competition a success.
Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, committed to the importance of our cultural heritage, join together to recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide art competition. The Congressional High School Arts Competition is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, and prints. Each Member brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.
If you would like to participate in the next fourth congressional district competition, contact your high school visual art teacher and/or the Orange County Arts Commission by mid-March, 2007.
2006 Fall Grants Deadline Announced by Orange County Arts Commission: Free Grant Writing Workshop Offered October 3, 2006
The Orange County Arts Commission announces a Tuesday, November 21, 2006 deadline for receipt of grant applications for the fall cycle. Arts grants are available to nonprofit organizations, schools and individual artists. Fall arts grant categories are:
Information Session: The Orange County Arts Commission will hold a free grant writing workshop on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 from 7-8:30 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Drive) downstairs in the large conference room. To register or for more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919/245-2335.
Fall Grants Project Period: The fall cycle of grants funds arts activities taking place from January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007. A spring cycle will also be available for all categories including the General Arts Support Grant.
Supportable Projects: Applicants may request funds to support a variety of arts programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts.
Deadline: Fall applications must be received by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at the Orange County Arts Commission office located at 110 E. King Street in Hillsborough (this is not a “postmark” deadline).
Applications: Applications will be available by early-September at the Arts Commission office, at all Orange County Public Libraries, and online in both PDF and MS Word Document formats for downloading (www.artsorange.org).
Artists' Salon Series
The Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on the following Friday nights in 2006:
Artists' Salons are held from 6:30-9 pm at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Salons are free, for artists of all kinds - performing, visual, literary, whatever! Come to meet, network, and build a better arts environment for all Orange County Artists.
August’s topic will be “Independent Film Making”. Guest panelists will be Charles Thompson, Jr. (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University), Charleen Swansea (Actress, Documentary Film Curator), Iris Thompson Chapman (The Life and Times of Joe Thompson) and Jim McQuaid (Independent Film Maker). The topic for the November salon has not yet been determined.
The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. It is the hope of the Orange County Arts Commission to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community of Orange County. Better serving the needs of artists is one of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission. Artists often work in isolation and the salon can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problems and pleasures of being an artist with kindred spirits.
The Orange County Arts Commission thanks the ArtsCenter for allowing us to use their space for this series.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or email us at email@example.com.
Grants Available to Orange County Artists: Information Session Scheduled August 10, 2006
Durham Arts Council is currently distributing grant applications for 2006-2007 Emerging Artists Grants. The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will establish their professional presence. Grants may not exceed $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include the accomplishment and commitment of the artist, the feasibility of the proposed project and the impact the project will have on the applicant’s career.
The application deadline is 9 pm on Monday, September 11, 2006. All entries must be delivered to the Durham Arts Council by that date – not postmarked. This program is open to artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties. To be eligible for an Emerging Artists Grant, an artist must have lived in one of the five partner counties at least since September, 2004, must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their artform. Applications are available at the front desk of the Durham Arts Council Building, located at 120 Morris Street in downtown Durham or by calling (919) 560-2719. Applications may also be downloaded from the Durham Arts Council web site, www.durhamarts.org.
There are three information sessions scheduled for this grant program. The Orange County information session will take place at 6 pm on Thursday, August 10th at the Chapel Hill Public Library (downstairs conference room).
The Emerging Artists Program is cited repeatedly by local artists as providing important financial support and significant public recognition of their professional achievements. Durham Arts Council coordinates this program in partnership with the arts agencies of adjacent Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties. This joint effort provides an efficient, non-duplicative administration and allows area artists to participate in the Emerging Artists Program. The cooperative nature of the program has also helped build relations between arts organizations in these counties and has encouraged networking between artists in the region.
Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Grant Program is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, Chatham Arts, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private and corporate donations.
North Carolina Public Art Projects Receive National Recognition
Four North Carolina public art projects were among 40 projects of note selected during Americans for the Arts 2006 Year in Review.
Nationally-acclaimed artist Mary Miss and the head of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Robert Rindler made the selection from more than 189 entries from all 50 states.
The four North Carolina winners were an earth mound and underground bell by David Tillinghast (Hendersonville), work at the South Tryon Bus Facility by Marek Ranis, R.M. Fischer and Alice Adams (Charlotte), Wind Silos by Ned Kahn (Charlotte) and the Rolf Neill Monument by Larry Kirkland (Charlotte).
"It would have been interesting had North Carolina scored one spot on the list, but to achieve ten percent of the entire list is a tribute to the state's commitment to provide art for its residents and visitors," said Mary B. Regan, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council. "And this recognition comes at a time when several cities in the state are examining their own public art policies and practices."
During the North Carolina Arts Council's most recent grant cycle, six cities across the state vied for funds toward public art master plans up to $5,000.
The selected work of David Tillinghast, an earth mound and underground bell on the Perry Ruddick Nature Trail in Hendersonville, was sponsored by the Center for Craft Creativity & Design and partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council.
"We hope the visitors and residents in North Carolina will have an opportunity to see these outstanding works of art that enliven public spaces and give visual interest to the built environment," said Jeffrey York, the North Carolina Arts Council's Public Art & Community Design Director.
"It's only right that the people of the state have access to thoughtful and inspiring works on a daily basis in public places," said Regan. "North Carolina has a history of making landmark steps in all art forms, and the Year in Review simply highlights those public art achievements."
The 40 works selected by Americans for the Arts and the National Public Art Network (PAN) will be reproduced as a CD-ROM resource.
Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network develops services for the array of individuals and organizations engaged in the expanding field of public art. Currently, more than 300 public art programs exist in the United States at the federal, state and local level. As part of its mission to improve communities through public art, PAN advocates participation in public art through projects such as the Year in Review.
- Reprinted by permission of the North Carolina Arts Council (www.ncarts.org)
We Are the Orange County Arts Commission
The Orange Arts newsletter is a publication of the Orange County Arts Commission, the countywide arts agency working to promote the artistic and cultural development of Orange County.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints the fifteen members of this advisory commission. The Arts Commission is housed within the Economic Development Department. The Arts Commission recommends strategies to promote the artistic and cultural growth of Orange County, advises the Board of Commissioners on matters involving the arts, and acts as the granting panel for two annual funding programs available to individual artists and non-profit groups sponsoring arts projects in Orange County. Funding comes from Orange County, the North Carolina Arts Council, and other sources.
Services of the Arts Commission include administering these two grants cycles that support both Orange County arts organizations and individual artists, maintaining a web site including an online local arts directory, and sponsoring workshops and skills development for artists and organizations.
If you are an artist, or a citizen interested in the arts, contact the Orange County Arts Commission office and inquire about Board positions and other Volunteer opportunities. We are always on the lookout for Orange County residents who can help us fulfill our mission to promote and support the arts in Orange County.
The Orange County Arts Commission also welcomes newsletter submissions from artists and organizations. For more information about Orange County Arts Commission services, programs and publications, contact us at:
Our local arts are exciting, vital, and they are happening right now – so get out and enjoy the arts in Orange County!
Call for Artists: Purchase of Existing Works
The Orange County Arts Commission is seeking local artists interested in submitting images of already-existing original pieces of visual art for purchase by Orange County. These artworks will be displayed in county-owned sites.
A committee of the board will select one or more pieces from artists who live in or have a studio in Orange County. The budget for this project is $5,000, funded through the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program allocation to Orange County.
Interested artists should download this Call for Artists below. You can also contact the Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have the application form and guidelines mailed or emailed to you. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 31, 2006.
Cultural Resources Launches N.C. In Tune
N.C. In Tune is a year long, statewide celebration of North Carolina music. N.C. In Tune honors and promotes the vast and gloried tradition of music and its dynamic and influential future in our state.
Why N.C. In Tune?
North Carolina music includes gospel sounds, Piedmont blues, contemporary works, classical music, bluegrass, opera, and a thriving Indie rock scene.
N.C. In Tune - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is NC In Tune?
Q. Who is behind the celebration?
Q. Why NC In Tune?
Q. What is special about North Carolina music?
Q. Who is especially important to North Carolina’s musical life?
Q. What is there to do?
Q. What about music especially for kids?
Q. What are some places to find out about North Carolina music?
Q. If I am driving in North Carolina, what else can I look for?
Q. What on-line resources are available?
Q. How big is North Carolina’s music industry?
Q. How does North Carolina recognize its greatest songwriters and performers?
Q: What is North Carolina’s State Song? Who wrote it and when?
Q: Does North Carolina have official state dance music?
N.C. In Tune - Sing, Play, for Life! A Resolution
WHEREAS, music touches our lives from early childhood through our adult years in many forms and places – nursery rhymes, operas, work songs, ballads, CDs, and radio; at schools, churches, symphony halls, fiddlers’ conventions, and festivals; and
WHEREAS, more than 1,200 music organizations exist in North Carolina, including 48 performing organizations dedicated to orchestral music; and
WHEREAS, the creative people engaged in the art and business of music – singers, recording engineers, conductors, band and choral directors, songwriters, composers, and musicians – enrich our cultural life and add to what makes our state an attractive place to live, work and raise a family; and
WHEREAS, our blues, gospel and Blue Ridge music traditions are known around the world, and contribute to a creative economy fueled by the growth of cultural tourism in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, many North Carolina musicians, including James Taylor, Roberta Flack, John Coltrane, Doc Watson, Billy Taylor, Shirley Caesar, Thelonious Monk, Randy Travis, Nina Simone, Earl Scruggs, and Kate Smith, have gone from being citizens of our state to citizens of the world; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Arts Council has supported music in all its forms for more than 40 years, including classical, traditional, jazz, blues and bluegrass; and
WHEREAS, the arts have been designated a part of the core curriculum in American education, and music is found in every school in the State -- in classrooms, band rooms, choirs, jazz bands, pep bands and orchestras, taught by nearly 3,000 music teachers K-12; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Symphony, the first state funded symphony orchestra in the United States, will celebrate its 75th birthday in 2006-2007; and, as a full-time professional orchestra under the direction of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, performs about 170 concerts a year both in the Triangle and around the State; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina School of the Arts has been educating musicians at the secondary and university level for 40 years; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources nurtures the cultural life of our State, and oversees libraries with thousands of CDs and volumes about music; historic sites where many programs include authentic music; the office of archives and history, which oversees state highway markers, many of which honor musicians and musical themes; the museums of Art and History, where music is often a feature of their exhibitions; the state archive, where the history of music and musicians is housed; the North Carolina Symphony, which travels the State to bring classical works to our citizens; and the North Carolina Arts Council, which funds orchestras, opera companies, music ensembles and festivals, creates Web based music trails, produces a Touring Artist Directory, organizes an ArtsMarket for booking musicians and other artists, and awards fellowships to songwriters and composers;
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED that 2006 be known as “N.C. In Tune” to honor and promote the vast and gloried tradition of music in North Carolina, and its dynamic and influential future as an art form and a way of life.
LISBETH C. EVANS
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of November in the year of our Lord two thousand and five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
The following organizations have endorsed this resolution:
Fall, 2005 Arts Grants Awarded
The following organizations and individuals have been awarded Orange County Arts Grants to support arts programming during the Fall, 2005 grant cycle. Representatives will accept their grant awards from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on February 21, 2006 at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill.
A.L. Stanback Middle School
Congressional High School Arts Competition
Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, committed to the importance of our cultural heritage, join together to recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide visual art competition. The Congressional High School Arts Competition is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, and prints. Each Member brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.
This competition is coordinated locally through Fourth District U.S. Representative David Price’s office. High school visual art students in the counties of Orange, Durham and Wake are eligible to apply.
If you are a current high school visual art student in Orange County and would like to participate in the 2006 Congressional High School Arts Competition, contact your high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission beginning in late February, 2006 for an application form and guidelines. The deadline to apply will be in late April, 2006.
Please visit our web site to download the application and guidelines at www.artsorange.org or call 919/245-2335 for more information.
HomegrownHandmade: Art Roads and Farm Trails of North Carolina
HomegrownHandmade is an exciting project based on an alliance of arts + agriculture, which have harmonized for a long time in North Carolina. There's always music at harvest festivals, food at craft fairs, and everything in between. The result is a unique series of fascinating agri-Cultural trails. Using journalism’s classic “5 W’s” model, here is the story of the HomegrownHandmade project.
Increasingly, the growth segment of the tourism industry is the cultural and heritage tourist who seeks arts-related experiences. In North Carolina, where arts and agriculture have partnered at Harvest Days, Music Festivals and Farm Fairs, the reward of tourism has yet to impact many of our vibrant rural communities, but the promise is there. The agribusiness operator is limited only by his or her creativity. Agri-Cultural Tourism is seen as a means of income, employment generation, and diversification of local economies.
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Orange County Artist Sarah Craige Chosen for Southern Human Services Center Public Art Project
On June 7, 2005 the Board of County Commissioners selected artist Sarah Craige, from Efland, NC for the Southern Human Services Center Public Art Project. Sarah Craige has excellent credentials and several years of relevant public art experience and was chosen primarily for her artistic merit and her ability to work successfully in the public art arena.
Sarah Craige’s proposed “Tree of Life” tile mural will be hand-made from terra cotta clay. The tiles will be carved and painted with many layers of colors, glazed and fired repeatedly until rich vibrant colors are achieved. The mural will fill the large architectural niche in the central reception area of the facility in Chapel Hill. Sarah’s poetic landscape will celebrate and honor all those who visit the Southern Human Services Center, from all cultures and for every generation.
Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, this $10,000 public art commission is funded from both public (county) and private sources. Sarah Craige’s tile mural will increase the value of the facility, as public art always does. Her mural will attract visitors and encourage economic vitality by providing business opportunities for local artists, fabricators, and suppliers.
If additional grant support is received from the NC Arts Council, Sarah will serve as a mentor to a local apprentice on this public art project. The local apprentice has not yet been selected.
At the request of the Board of County Commissioners for a public art project at the Southern Human Services Center, a public art selection committee was created in the fall of 2004. This committee was composed of representatives from the county departments of Social Services, Health, Housing and Community Development, the County Manager’s office, the Orange County Arts Commission, community members and arts professionals. Public art helps advance the missions of county departments by helping to create an environment conducive to meeting a variety of human needs. Based on the usage of the building, this committee decided that the artwork should be family-friendly and of a calming/soothing nature. They also decided that the artwork would be sited in a prominent location inside the building near the reception area. This committee met in December, 2004, and again in March and April, 2005. A statewide call for qualifications with a mid-March deadline was distributed to North Carolina artists by direct mail and posted electronically by email and via various listservs and websites. Artists living in Orange County, NC were encouraged to apply. Artists were asked to submit a letter of interest, relevant experience/current resume, up to 15 images of their work, annotated image list, and references. Thirty-nine responses were received from North Carolina artists. Three finalists were selected to present site-specific proposals to the selection committee, for which they were each compensated $300 plus round-trip mileage to Chapel Hill. Three weeks of public comment on these proposals was received - from April 28th-May 19th at three sites (Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill Public Library, and Southern Human Services Center). The artist selection committee recommended Sarah Craige’s proposal to the Board of County Commissioners. Her tile mural will be fabricated and installed during FY06.
Orange County Arts Commission Selected for North Carolina Museum of Art pARTnership Program
The North Carolina Museum of Art has selected the Orange County Arts Commission for its pARTnership program this fall. This series, initiated several years ago, was organized specifically for arts councils and commissions across the state as a means to implement art projects relating to the Museum's collection or exhibition.
Carrboro textile artist Marguerite Jay (“Peg”) Gignoux will involve families in the creation of a work of art during an artist-in-residence program at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. Peg will also involve senior citizens at the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough in the further creation of this fabric artwork. The Orange County Department on Aging will serve as the Arts Commission’s programming partner for this public art project. The Arts Commission plans to locate the finished artwork inside a highly visible recreational facility, serving the central Orange County community.
Participants from both sites will be invited to the opening reception when this intergenerational work of art is installed, so they can meet each other and view their combined creation.
CULTURAL TOURISM – A Growing Section of the Travel Market
HERITAGE TOURISM DEFINED:
North Carolina’s natural scenic beauty, rich history and unique cultural attractions have always been the core of the state’s tourism industry. It is because of the growing popularity of heritage tourism that so many of the state’s destinations and attractions have embraced this trend and support industry efforts to capitalize on North Carolina’s natural, historic and cultural resources.
A GROWING SEGMENT OF THE TRAVEL MARKET:
Two significant travel trends will dominate the tourism market in the next decade:
The combination of these two trends is being fueled by technology through the proliferation of online services and tools, making it easier for the traveler to choose destinations and customize itineraries based on their interests. Catering to the needs of these types of travelers will make the tourism industry more profitable in North Carolina.
HERITAGE TOURISM TRAVELER PROFILE:
The power of heritage tourism as a mechanism for economic development in North Carolina can be attributed to the characteristics of cultural travelers. Cultural travelers stay longer and spend more:
Top Ten States Visited by Historic/Cultural Travelers:
-reprinted from Update NC with permission from the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sport Development
Sign Up and Be Counted!
A recent study by Americans for the Arts, "Creative Industries: Business and Employment in the Arts," showed the arts to be a formidable industry, with 4.3 percent of U.S. businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts. The study is based on data obtained from the well?known business information firm Dun & Bradstreet (D & B). It is the first national study that encompasses both the nonprofit and for?profit arts industry.
Analysis, however, suggests that the nonprofit sector is
underrepresented in the D & B database. So Americans for the Arts asks
your help to make sure that your own organization is listed and properly
coded, AND that all nonprofit arts organizations and artists have a D &
B number. It's free and it's easy. Just go to
www.americansforthearts.org/services/research/ri_article.asp?id=1525 and follow the instructions.
Arts Advocates, Inc. is New OCAC Arts Incubator
Five years ago Orange County Arts Commission embarked on an innovative program to support the arts in Orange County. The Arts Incubation Program strives to create successful and self-sustaining local arts organizations by offering up to three years of concentrated skills and technical development and financial aid.
The new participant in our Arts Incubation Program is Arts Advocates, Inc., a newly incorporated nonprofit promoting Orange County arts and artists to the public by displaying, interpreting, demonstrating, and marketing the work of Orange County artists. Arts Advocates, Inc. will establish The East End Gallery, a nonprofit gallery located in 300 sq. ft. of space fronting Main Street in Carrboro at The ArtsCenter. Arts Advocates, Inc. will operate this gallery featuring the work of Orange County artists and promoting the educational opportunities of The ArtsCenter. The target date to open is late fall of 2004. For more information contact Arts Advocates, Inc., 300-H East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510 (ATTN: Mary Harley Kruter). Please contact Mary Harley Kruter (919/969-9513; email@example.com).
The first participant in the Arts Incubation Program was the Orange County Artists Guild, now established as a nonprofit organization. The Artists Guild coordinates the annual Orange County Open Studio Tour, sponsors a Spring Art Show and participates in the Arts at the Meadow (at Meadowmont). For more information on the Orange County Artists Guild, visit their web site at www.orangecountyartistsguild.com or contact Gordon Jameson (Artist Liaison) at 919/932-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just the Ticket
A new study from the John Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University (ASU) reveals that North Carolina's nonprofit arts industry is just the ticket for powerful economic impact - $723 million annually and nearly 7,000 full-time jobs.
Leading non-profit arts groups in the state average 13 full time jobs per organization. That number can double with part time and seasonal workers. Full time salaries alone generate an estimated $32 million in federal and state taxes.
The study looks exclusively at the non-profit arts world. Additional data from the for-profit sector will add billions of dollars to complete the picture of the full economic impact of the creative industry in North Carolina. For instance, more than 6,100 craft artists in the state generate $538 million in revenue.
The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts industry ever conducted in North Carolina, the Appalachian State University study estimated activity of 2,468 nonprofit arts organizations in North Carolina. The authors of the study are Dinesh K. Dave and Michael R. Evans.
The following are highlights of what research discovered about the non-profit arts segment of the creative industry in North Carolina
ESTIMATING ECONOMIC IMPACTS
The study places the direct economic impact of non-profit arts organizations in the state at $394,675,913. When using the very conservative multiplier factor of 1.5, and adding an estimate of the worth of volunteers' time of $131,034,421, the total economic impact estimate of the non-profit arts industry comes to $723,048,290. Additional data from the for-profit sector, artists, education, the film industry, the informal arts, and festivals will add billions of dollars to complete the picture of the economic impact of the creative industry in North Carolina. For instance, more than 6,100 craft artists in the state generate $538 million in revenue.
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
STATE/FEDERAL PAYROLL TAXES - $32 MILLION
ARTS LEAD ECONOMIC CHAIN REACTION
$24 MATCHES EACH $1 INVESTED
VOLUNTEERS ADD VALUE
Cultural volunteerism is up 13 percent over a four-year period. North Carolina cultural volunteers donate between one day and two weeks annually. Valued by the Independent Sector at $16.04 per hour, the financial support of this work is an impressive $131,034,421.
CULTURAL ACTIVITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
A TOP 10 CULTURAL DESTINATION
CULTURAL TOURISM ON RISE
Non-Profit Arts Impact
EXCERPTS Public Art Project
(Photo by Seth Tice-Lewis)
“Repetition and chance, pattern and improvisation; these are our constant companions. Available in every studio and urging an idea forward, reminding us who we are and where we’ve been. It is every artist’s privilege to harness the stripe, circle, corner and stroke into textures that provoke and reflect our lives. Textures dance, build, contort and confide. They talk to us in wood, metal, clay, paper, fabric and paint. They are hammered, stitched, combed, pounded, lacquered and pierced into meaning. Looked at together, we find community.”
These are the words of Carrboro fiber artist, Marguerite Jay Gignoux, the curator for the Orange County Arts Commission’s EXCERPTS public art project. As a gift to the county during the Orange County 250th Anniversary Celebration, this original work of art will be installed in the stairway of the Orange County Government Services Center in Hillsborough. Seven Orange County artists were selected to participate in this collaborative project which will yield a large mixed media work created from many textures representing many disciplines.
Participating artists are Joseph F. Gargasz of Hillsborough (sculpture), Gordon Clarke Jameson of Hillsborough (painting and handmade paper), Linda Mezzetti of Chapel Hill (textured painting), Linda Passman of Chapel Hill (mixed media painting), Beth Sale of Chapel Hill (painting and printmaking), Susan Simone of Chapel Hill (documentary photography), and Jan-Ru Wan of Chapel Hill (fiber installation). Chapel Hill artist Brian Plaster created several metal accents for the piece.
The artists created a pair of textural studies representing their particular art discipline rendered from their points of view. To ensure visual harmony in the overall composition, both submissions relate to one another through obvious repetition of mark, pattern and/or shape. Artists worked in a neutral palette of whites, creams and grays in at least one of the studies. These textural studies vary in size and shape.
According to Gignoux, “The EXCERPTS project is a celebration of community through the lens of a charming piece of North Carolina history. At the center of the project is an old document – a North Carolina almanac cover dating from 1795. Each participating artist responded to the old almanac and its curious text through their particular vocabulary of texture, symbol, and color. The collective created a wide range of paintings, digital images, collages and sculptural works that I released from their original frames and combined into a large stitched wall installation.”
The following words are reflections on this project (including artist statements) from some of the participating artists:
“The empty cast forms of scissors, a sickle, and other hand tools of trade evoke mental images of a past North Carolina history and in particular that of Orange County. These fossil-like forms pay homage to the textile, mining and farming communities around Hillsborough and the greater Orange community. The casts are reminiscent of fossils encrusted in oxidized materials, not to be forgotten…By re-orchestrating forms and negative spaces I attempt to develop a new dialog exploring recognition and glorification of man made objects or natural design. The viewer must be made aware that all spaces occupied and not are relative to an object’s soul or existence. Once these spaces are altered new perceptions about a form may be revealed.” - Joseph Gargasz
“For me the most interesting aspect of working on this project is how the creative process was exemplified throughout. What began as a basic concept has developed into a sophisticated and cohesive work of art. I was one of the many voices contributing to EXCERPTS and in the end I think we sang well…In my own work there is a “conversation” that takes place as the piece evolves. It is an interplay between creator and creation that ultimately results in the finished work. The journey on the way to the finished work is the point -- then suddenly one arrives at the end. The end, the new work of art, is a great moment as well as another beginning.” - Gordon Jameson
“I was very excited to be selected to participate in this project for the 250th anniversary of Orange County. Although I’m a native of Canada I’ve lived in Orange County since June 1990. I find this area stimulating and culturally rich. In preparing for this project I looked into the history of the county and was inspired by the human toil and hard work that went into the building of this strong community. Although the style is abstract, the shapes, lines and heavy texture I used in my paintings were inspired by Orange County’s rich historical and geographical features such as the Old Well on UNC campus, the court house spire in Hillsborough, and the Eno River, just to name a few. It has been great to collaborate with other North Carolina artists in celebrating this county’s anniversary… My painting is greatly influenced by my travels. In my paintings I draw on these past experiences, recalling how the skies differ from the cool crisp north to the still warm south. I spend a lot of time observing how light reflects off different things around us. In my paintings I try to create an image that evokes a feeling and a memory. I also want a painting to be so inviting that you want to touch it and feel the textures under your fingertips. I enjoy using everyday objects such as laundry lint, rope sand and fruit and onion sacks to build texture on the canvas. I feel that people can relate to these familiar everyday objects and are pleasantly surprised to see them transformed into intriguing paintings which merit some close examination rather than a quick glance.” - Linda Mezzetti
"It was thrilling to be selected as one of the artists to work on the EXCERPTS project. I had never worked on this sort of collaboration and it seemed like the perfect metaphor for the theme of the work - a history of life in Orange County. Working with six other artists really sparked my creativity. As artists, we each discussed our own individual medium, style and the unifying theme. The concept of cooperation of the county's residents and their accomplishments inspired us all. Since I usually work with figures I wanted to express my vision of the county's past by showing the energy of the people who helped build Orange County. I drew images over the embroidered replica of the 1795 Almanac that all the painters involved in the project shared as a background. Letters from the old text emerged and then merged with hands, people and tools. My three sections are a small part of the fabric that is EXCERPTS and the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Orange County." - Linda Passman
“I make quilt-like patterns with creatures waiting in them. The creatures are waiting to be discovered. They’ve always existed, but somehow, we are not consciously aware of them. I am excited about my quilt-like pattern pieces becoming part of a larger quilt. Just as an individual in a community, they are now involved with something greater… I seek to describe a world of precious perfection. Utopia can be a reality, whether it is existing in a parallel universe, or for a future generation. My artwork references my personal version of Utopia by using bright colors, bold figures, and freely drawn lines. These techniques are employed in order to create a playful childlike innocent atmosphere where hardships and worries have no home.” - Beth Sale
“Handcraft and early mechanization bleed together in these images. The background is formed by rotation and melding of an archival image of the first cotton mill in the county laid over a page from an 18th century almanac shared by all of the artists. The drifting tools are also retrospective, historical, looking back to slowly crafted construction and days when we had to have time to do things by hand… Film is very literal. I like to take photographs of people and places simply, directly, with a 35 mm. camera. I want to show feelings, struggles, and emotions. I am also open to metaphor. Scanning images into the computer and combining them frees me to create an inter-play of ideas through visual images. I am a documentary photographer who craves the impact of poetry.” - Susan Simone
“For this particular work, inspired by the collaboration idea with various wonderful artists and medium, I printed various images of hands -- tools in making or building which imply how we build up this rich community. Then I weave and overlay them into a final section; such as my role as an artist continually building, and stitching my thoughts, passion, and love into my work…Most of the works I have done deal with mixed materials, repetition, body and form. The profusion of materials questions the physical and psychological relationships between the mechanical and organic, the gigantic and the miniature. The multiplicity of small images, details, and objects that make up the whole reveal the individual and the universal simultaneously. That repetition of form and notion, the discrepancy between materials is wedded alchemically to produce a new harmony.” - Jan-Ru Wan
An opening reception will be held at the site from 5:30-7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 (Orange County’s anniversary date).
Individuals and businesses can sponsor a piece of this large mixed media work as a gift to Orange County for the county’s 250th anniversary. A plaque listing the sponsors and artists will be installed with the artwork. If you are interested in contributing financially to this public art project, please contact the Orange County Arts Commission by August 19, 2003. (The EXCERPTS contributions flyer in PDF format can be downloaded at www.artsorange.org/newsletter.htm#excerpts.)
For more information, please visit our web site (www.artsorange.org), call the Orange County Arts Commission office at 919/245-2335, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Orange County 250
On September 9, 1752 a new county was born in the North Carolina back country -- a county that spanned the area from present-day Greensboro to present-day Durham, from the Virginia line to the Uwharrie mountains. On that day, Orange County became a reality as its first colonial court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions was held at Grayfields along the Eno River.
Originally inhabited by the Occaneechi/Saponi nation and other native American tribes, the new county encompassed a land area of 3,500 square miles (versus 400 today) including all of present day Alamance, Caswell, Person, Durham and Chatham counties as well as parts of Wake, Lee, Randolph, Guildford and Rockingham counties.
Mindful of our proud heritage, the mission of the ORANGE COUNTY 250 celebration is to bring together citizens to celebrate and educate ourselves about the people past and present who have called Orange County home.
As citizens in one of the oldest Piedmont counties, Orange County’s 120,000 residents -- up from 4,000 when the county was formed -- have a lot to celebrate:
The anniversary of the county's founding provides an opportunity and need to celebrate its 250 rich years. Social and political issues may sometimes divide us, yet there is much that argues for recognizing our common ground. Knowing that a diversity of interests, cultures and ideas have been a mainstay of the past 250 years makes it easier for us to welcome the diversity that the future will surely bring.
The ORANGE COUNTY 250 committee seeks your help in celebrating our common heritage. Currently there are plans to:
Please help us set the stage for a year of unity and celebration by volunteering to work with ORANGE COUNTY 250, by making a contribution, by identifying existing events that might share the anniversary theme, or by participating in related events throughout the year. For more information on how you can help, please call 245-2325 or send e-mail to edcmail.co.orange.nc.us. Please provide event information by July 31, 2002.
We'd like to thank Central Carolina Bank & Trust Company for helping to sponsor the Orange County 250th Anniversary Celebration.
This yearlong 250th anniversary celebration, ending on September 9, 2003, will include these events:
For a more complete listing, visit the official web site at: www.orangecounty250.org.
Key Events in Orange County History:
1701 – English explorer John Lawson arrived in the area and recorded his meeting with the Occaneechi
1752 – Orange County formed, largely from Granville County, partly from Bladen and Johnston; western boundary indefinite until Rowan County was formed about a year later
1754 – County seat (permanently named Hillsborough in 1766) established on 400 acres where the Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River
1771 – Government troops defeated Regulator army at Battle of Alamance; six regulators hung in Hillsborough
1795 – University of North Carolina becomes the first state-supported university to open its doors
1865 – Last headquarters of the Confederacy established at Alexander Dickson homestead in Hillsborough
For a more complete listing, visit the official web site at: www.orangecounty250.org
700 sq ft, $320 per month includes all utilities
Wings Community Arts Center at Northgate Presbyterian Church
near the interstection of Roxboro Rd & Club Blvd. Durham
Spacious 700sq ft studio with plenty of natural light, track lighting, work tables and wall space. In addition to the 700sq ft work space there is a private utility kitchen and bathroom. Wonderful project space to share with a group of your creative friends.
Program Course Schedules
0634751 M 9/11*10/23 6*8:30 p.m. TAC
NEW! History of Western Art I: From the Ancients of Egypt, Greece and Rome to 14th-Century Gothic Magnificence * $60 This course is a general introduction to the history of western art, its ancestry, and its heritage. Directed toward the beginning student, this course assumes no previous experience in art or art history. Major surviving monuments of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistory to c. 1300 AD are introduced while methods and media of their production are studied. Learn the fundamental skills of visual analysis as well as the vocabulary and concepts for discussing works of art. In addition to learning about creative thinking and artistic techniques, understanding human cultural diversity is a major goal of this class. Each session includes slide lectures and group discussions. Textbook required. 12 hours.
0634756 W 9/13*10/18 6--8 p.m. CHHS
NEW! History of Western Art, Part II: From the Italian Renaissance to the Rise of Modernism * $60 This course is a general introduction to the history of western art, its ancestry, and its heritage. Directed toward the beginning student, this course assumes no previous experience in art or art history. In addition to learning about creative thinking and artistic techniques, students are introduced to major monuments of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the early Renaissance to the present day, learning the fundamental skills of visual analysis as well as the vocabulary and concepts for discussing works of art. The relationship between art and the culture that produced it are examined. Understanding human cultural diversity is a major goal of this class. Each session includes slide lectures and group discussions. Textbook required. 12 hours.
0634757 W 10/25*12/6 6--8 p.m. CHHS
NEW! Intermediate Drawing * $164
0634755 W 10/25*12/13 6--8:30 p.m. TAC
NEW! Introduction to Oil and Acrylic Painting * $171 This class will prime you and your canvas with the basics of how to get started painting. Explore the fundamentals of oil and acrylic painting and enrich your techniques and use of media. Learn color-mixing, underpainting, glazing and washing, dry brushing, and use of the palette knife. Discuss issues of composition, line, contrast, texture, and color. Experimentation with paint is encouraged as well as the development of your own personal style. Attention to each individual artist as well as demonstrations of materials, techniques, and applications are an important part of this course. 21 hours.
0634753 W 9/6*10/18 6--9 p.m. TAC
Durham Tech also offers courses outside the realm of the certificate program for those interested in just taking a class as a hobby or for fun. One is a painting class offered at Chapel Hill High School. The information is below:
Art from the Heart: Painting Made Easy!* $55 Learn to paint and have fun! This course is for the painting beginner or the advanced painter wanting to refine basic skills. The course concentrates on painting techniques, fundamentals, and critical discussion of works of art. Upon completion of the course, the student has a portfolio of study paintings demonstrating skills learned as well as a final "show-worthy" painting. Students must purchase their own supplies (approximate cost $75) with instructor's directions. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 30 hours.
2634352 W 9/6*12/6 6:30*9 p.m. CHHS
Carol Hewitt (W.M. Hewitt Pottery) will be teaching "Creating a Successful Art Business" class again in the spring of 2007. The schedule is as follows and the cost is $75:
For more information on any of these course offerings, please contact:
There is a more private space available in the rear building of this location with private bathroom and parking for $250 per month.
These buildings will be torn down in 12 to 24 months to make way for phase one of the Main Street Partners 300 block plan for ArtsCenter and Cats Cradle, so it is a short term opportunity for big exposure. This is beginning NOW, in April.
Please inquire by phone 919/929-7522 or email to Ronnie Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do they all have in common? They may qualify to participate in a project created by the North Carolina Arts Council, www.homegrownhandmade.com, the first statewide effort to create thematic driving trails featuring art and agritourism. To see a sampling of what has already been developed in the eastern part of the state, click on the site and check out the trails.
The project is free to all participants and is paid for by grants from the Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation, focusing upon counties that have traditionally had some form of agricultural based economy. The goal is to create a new "cash crop," blending tourism, arts and agriculture together.
The trail in this area will include Chatham, Orange, Lee, Randolph, Guilford and Alamance counties.
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Greta Lint, local project coordinator for the North Carolina Arts Council, says, "This is the most in-depth, cutting edge tourism effort ever created in our state. Each trail runs through 3 or 5 counties, offering the traveler opportunity to hear local music, eat locally grown food, pick locally grown produce, see locally made crafts and spend more money. By digging deeper into what communities offer, it allows businesses and artisans opportunity to capitalize upon the tourism dollar. In 2003, tourism generated nearly $18 million in direct and indirect spending in North Carolina."
For more information, call Greta Lint at 336/626-0527 or visit www.homegrownhandmade.com. You may also call Rebecca Moore, Director of Marketing, NC Arts Council at 919/733-2119 or visit www.ncarts.org.
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The CDL Clinic is a two-semester program in which third-year students provide corporate and transactional counsel to North Carolina nonprofit community development organizations. CDL students work on a wide variety of business law projects including: forming corporations and limited liability companies; spinning off subsidiaries for existing nonprofit corporations; advising organizations regarding local, state and federal taxation; negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of nonprofit organizations; assisting organizations with real estate acquisitions; helping structure joint ventures between nonprofit and for-profit entities; obtaining necessary state licenses for nonprofit programs. Students in the CDL Clinic take primary responsibility for interviewing clients, structuring the legal projects, negotiating on behalf of their clients, and drafting all necessary legal documents. The goal of the CDL Clinic is to help students develop skills in corporate and transactional law, show them how those skills can be put to use in serving under-resourced communities, and at the same time provide valuable legal services to community organizations serving those communities.
If your organization could use legal counsel in some aspect of its program, or if you would like more information about the clinic, please contact Mark Dorosin (CDL Clinic Supervisor) at 919/843-9909 or email@example.com or visit UNC Community Development Law Clinic.
The topic of the February salon will be "Customer Satisfaction". Guest panelists will include Carol Hewitt (W.M. Hewitt Pottery) and Rob Fox (General Manager, PlayMakers Repertory Company). Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. It is the hope of the Orange County Arts Commission to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community of Orange County. Better serving the needs of artists is one of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission. Artists often work in isolation and the salon can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problem and pleasures of being an artist with kindred spirits.
The OCAC thanks the ArtsCenter for allowing us to use their space for this salon series. Please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission (919/245-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know if you plan to attend.
ContributeThe Orange County Arts Commission welcomes article submissions from individuals and organizations. Please contact us at email@example.com or (919) 245.2325 for more information.