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Newsletter | Arts Incubation | Artists' Salons | Congressional High School Arts Competition | Curriculum, Music, and Community Project | Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers


Our Newsletter: Arts Orange County

As a service to Orange County artists, organizations and residents, the Arts Commission publishes our quarterly newsletter. In it, we publish articles highlighting of Arts Commission activities and programs, notices of opportunities such grants and workshops, and special sections for artists and arts organizations.

If you'd like to receive our newsletter, or would like to contribute an article to our newsletter or web site, please sign up to be on our mailing list, where you can also choose to be notified about available grants and be in our online arts directory


Arts Incubation Program

Three years ago Orange County Arts Commission embarked on an innovative program to support the arts and culture of 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 aid.

The first participant in the Arts Incubation Program was the Orange County Artists Guild, a group of professional "artists aiding artists." Currently working towards establishing themselves as a non-profit organization, the Artists Guild's main activity is to coordinate the annual Orange County Open Studio Tour. For more information on the Orange County Artists Guild, visit their web site at or contact Mary Lynn at 919/966-5450 or

The Orange County Arts Commission is now looking for a new Orange County arts organization to incubate beginning July 1, 2003. If your organization is interested in participating in our Arts Incubation Program, contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or


Artists' Salons

The next Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on the following Friday night:

  • April 11, 2003 ("Artist's Studio Space Needs - Part 2")
  • Artists' Salons are held from 6-9 pm at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. 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.

    April's topic will be "Artist's Studio Space Needs - Part 2". Input from the audience on this topic will be solicited. Guest speaker(s) TBA. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

    If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or email us at


    Congressional High School Arts Competition

    Each year, 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. This contest 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 Priceís office. High school visual arts students in the counties of Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake are eligible to apply.

    If you are interested in participating in the 2003 Congressional High School Arts Competition and you live in Orange County, contact your high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission for an application form and guidelines. You may also print the application form and guidelines directly from the US government web site at

    The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. All entries must be delivered by that time to the Orange County Arts Commissionís office at 110 E. King Street in Hillsborough, NC. Please call us at 919/245-2335 for more information.


    Curriculum, Music, and Community Project

    Following the strong local focus on providing the highest quality educational experiences, the Curriculum, Music, and Community (CMC) Project serves to link our elementary school students with local musicians as means to explore their schoolwork through a musical medium that excites students about their lessons while building community by creating links between students and their families and neighbors.

    The CMC Project is a statewide initiative launched by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Curriculum in Folklore and School of Education) and the North Carolina Arts Council, with five local participants that includes a partnership of the Arts Commission, the Orange County School System, and New Hope Elementary School.


    Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers

    The Kaia Parker Fund is now being administered by the Triangle Community Foundation. For more information, please call Ivy Wingate at 919/474-8370 x 134 or email to You can also visit the web site for the Kaia Parker Fund to download an application and guidelines. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 15, 2003 for dancers between the ages of 12 and 21 who reside in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange or Wake Counties.

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