Raleigh author, writing coach, arts advocate and organizer Carrie Knowles has been selected as the 2014 Piedmont Laureate. During 2014, Ms. Knowles will appear at various workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Alamance, Durham, Orange and Wake counties. Co-sponsored by the Alamance County Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council,Carrie Knowles Orange County Arts Commission & United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate Program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” As Piedmont Laureate, she will receive an honorarium and serve until December 31, 2014.

Carrie Knowles has been a freelance writer, arts advocate and organizer for 45 years. She has published dozens of short stories and three books: a memoir titled The Last Childhood: a Family Story of Alzheimer's (Three Rivers Press, 2000) and two novels, Lillian's Garden and Ashoan's Rug (Roundfire Books, 2013). Ms. Knowles' short stories have won numerous awards, including the Village Advocate Fiction Contest, The Blumenthal Writers & Readers Series, the North Carolina Writer's Network Fiction Syndication and Glimmer Train competitions, was a finalist in the Doris Betts Fiction Contest, and received an honorable mention in the National Literary Awards.

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Photo of Michael J. Brown Mural by Laura Shmania
Mural by Michael J. Brown, Chapel Hill, NC

Pamela Pease Shows Pop-Up Book
Artists' Salons
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:30-9 pm, West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter (300-G East Main St.), Carrboro. Free. For artists of all disciplines.
To attend, please RSVP to 919/968-2011 or email
Topic: Growing An Art Business Takes Money - Community Financing Can Help. Presenter: Carol Peppe Hewitt, pioneer in local financing.
John Kernion Birdbath, 2006 Open Studio Tour
Arts Incubation
The Arts Incubation Program strives to create successful local nonprofit arts organizations by offering up to 3 years of financial support. Past recipients are the Orange County Artists Guild, Arts Advocates, Inc. (dba FRANK Gallery), and Carolina Culture Zone.
2002 Orange County Participants
Congressional High School Arts Competition
This national competition, sponsored by members of the US Congress in their districts, features 2-dimentional work. Winning entries are displayed in the corridor of the US Capital (Washington, DC). Deadline: mid-April, 2015 (5 pm) for Orange County high school visual art students. Contact your art teacher; download the form & guidelines.
18 Thumbs Project
18 Thumbs Website Images Project
OCAC is replacing the 18 thumbnail images (on upper left side of our webpage) with local artists' images hotlinked to their websites! Submit 1 digital image (emailed or on CD) and the URL to your active website. Local artists in all arts disciplines are welcome. Images are rotated regularly. OCAC reserves the right to resize images, or to reject or suspend links and images due to content. Ongoing.
Updated October, 2014