By Sarah Dellana, ArtWorks Intern
Stepping through the doors of the Hunt Library, you will think “the future is here!” At least, that was the sentiment shared by many excited students during Hunt Library’s January opening. The library is a spectacle, with a state-of-the-art sustainable building design, over 1,800 seating options, and cutting edge technology that evoke images from science-fiction stories. The library was created to give NC State students a competitive advantage, but luckily, it’s open to community members as well. So what does this Disneyland for creative adults have to offer? Here is a list of some of the resources available at the Hunt library: … Read More
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Why do the Arts Matter? What do they have to do with business and economic development in the Triangle? When people ask you this….do you have a good answer? A good story to tell?
Want to spend an afternoon surrounded by people from all arts and design disciplines from across the Triangle, networking and sharing stories of the power and impact of the arts?
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by India Ali
Katie DeConto and Megan Jones have been faithful Durhamians for a couple of years, but Mercury Studio, located at 407 N. Mangum Street, is new to the scene. With less than two months under its belt, Mercury Studio, like any newborn, is already causing a great stir. Artists and others alike have happily accepted the studio into the community with arms wide open.
Mercury Studio does not meet any standard definition. Its a co-working space for all types of creative people. It offers artist studio space, as well as “desk memberships” or “cafe memberships” in the co-working space. It’s art studio meets The Office: a creative, family-like, co-working environment. A collaborative, cross-occupational mash-up. … Read More
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Do you live in Garner? Do you have ideas for how the Town can be more supportive of its arts community and more welcoming to artists of all disciplines?
The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Garner Revitalization Association are working together to create a Town that is more supportive to artists and provides more of what they need to succeed; and to promote collaboration between the arts community and the rest of Garner’s business community. … Read More
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By Jess Moore
BEST is a new initiative in downtown Raleigh that fills unoccupied storefront windows with art. BEST, which stands for Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together, formed late last year with their first installations starting in February 2012.
One of the group’s creative minds is Donna Belt, an interfaith minister, writer, and artist. An advocate for the “transformative value of art in people’s lives,” Belt sees the storefronts as an opportunity to change a negative – empty space – into a positive – a new vehicle for integrating art into daily life.
A goal of BEST is to actively involve the community and include a variety of voices. The first group to hang work in a storefront is ARTHOUSE, a children’s art studio. The window is located at 300 W Hargett St. and includes the children’s work along with quotes from each child speaking about their art. BEST is also creating interactive projects, like constructing a city skyline with sticky notes. The pieces of paper will include quotes from Raleigh citizens describing what they love most about their city. … Read More
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A while back, in his blog, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp took up the topic of the importance of a strong arts community for the future of Chapel Hill, stating
“Having a strong artistic presence also increases a town’s hipness. Some believe Durham is overtaking Chapel Hill and Carrboro as the cool corner of the Triangle. We can’t let that happen. We can’t let the Southern Part of Heaven and the Paris of the Piedmont outsource their cool to the Bull City.” … Read More
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Do you live in Chapel HIll?
Do you wish that the Town was more supportive of the arts? Is there more the Town could be doing to create an environment that is more supportive of arts-based and other creative businesses? Do you want more arts programming or educational opportunities?
Do you think that a more vibrant and diverse arts community is key to Chapel Hill’s economic growth and livability? Studies show that members of the “creative class” – that group of innovative thinkers that are creating and working in innovative businesses that many see as crucial to our region’s future – want to live in a place that has a vibrant and diverse arts community. What can be done to attract them to Chapel Hill? … Read More
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By Lindsay Gordon
I arrived at Dogstar Tattoo’s new location in downtown Durham’s Golden Belt complex at the peak of their grand opening festivities. The opening coincided with Golden Belt’s Third Friday open studio, an auction to benefit David Alsobrook’s “New Neighbors” project, and a party at the relocated Scrap Exchange. The visitor’s parking lot was filled with people: in line at the numerous food trucks, waiting at the Fullsteam Brewery tap, or hanging out and watching Beverly Botsford’s African-flavored music group, “Drums Alive”. … Read More
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Want to help create a vibrant center for arts in Chapel Hill? A proposal for creation of the “523 Center” in the old Chapel Hill Museum, located at 523 E. Franklin Street, has been submitted to the Chapel Hill Town Council and will be considered at their meeting on May 9. For more information, and tips on how to show your support for this proposal, read on! … Read More
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