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Introducing EverWondr 2.0!
Creative North Carolina Connects - April 23rd in Chapel Hill
Arts Economic Impact in Orange County, NC
Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses
Orange County, NC HIghlights from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
Orange County, NC Reports and Sample Surveys
Introducing ExploreChapelHillARTS.com, New Online Arts Calendar!
Emerging Artists Program Deadline September 12, 2012
Piedmont Laureate Program 2013 Deadline RE-OPENED for Authors of Children's Literature (works for ages 0-18)
Fall 2012 Arts Grants Awarded
Children's Author John Claude Bemis Named 2013 Piedmont Laureate
Artists' Salon Series
Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls Out Words On The Move Project on Public Buses
Arts Commission Announces May 22, 2013 Spring Grant Deadline: Information Session April 2
2013 Congressional High School Art Competition in Orange County
Take the Arts Economic Impact Survey!
OCAC Joins Americans for the Arts' National Arts Economic Study
Creative Economy Measures: Nonprofit Arts Economic Impact in Orange County
5-Year Arts Grant Funding History
Visitors Bureau and Arts Commission Join Forces
2010 Marks 25th Anniversary of Orange County Arts Commission
"Opportunities for Artists" and More on OCAC Website
We Are the Orange County Arts Commission
Introducing EverWondr 2.0
The EverWondr Network is happy to announce the launch of EverWondr 2.0. This new version of the network takes into consideration many user suggestions and feedback over the last year.
Overall, the design itself has not changed that much, but many new functions have been added to make it easier and faster to upload, share and promote your events and artists' portfolios.
With the 2.0 launch you can expect:
- a new interactive DIRECTORY that shows area lodging, restaurants, shops and attractions to help extend a visitors' stay;
- a new PLAN YOUR VISIT section that combines and displays videos, brochures, directory listings and offers by region;
- a new PLANNER dashboard that lets users track event performance by impressions, views, audience geography and interests;
- a new streamlined EVENT upload process that generates an automatic HTML email to share to your contact lists;
- a new SOCIALWONDR Suite to help create custom event emails and flyers in mere minutes;
- a new EMAIL CAPTURE service to help build your contact lists with each event posted;
- a new CALENDAR SYNC option to integrate your Google, Outlook and iCal calendars;
- a new way to connect your SOCIAL MEDIA accounts and share with one click at upload.
And so much more...from 1 centralized database connecting multiple markets!
EverWondr results to date:
- 12 pages = average pages per visit;
- 15 minutes = average time on network;
- 40% traffic from social media;
- 80 sites in-state;
- 1,600 plus in-state partners;
- 70,000 registered members;
- 8.5 million network visits annually.
Visit ExploreChapelHillARTS.com and experience the new upgrades for yourself!
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you experience any issues, please contact the EverWondr team at Help@EverWondr.com. They're happy to help.
The Orange County Arts Commission hopes you enjoy these new upgrades to our ExploreChapelHillARTS.com online events calendar!
Creative North Carolina Connects - April 23rd in Chapel Hill
The NC Arts Council board and staff want to connect with you as they develop their 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Join them as they conduct a series of public meetings across the state. They need your throughts and ideas to help create a visiton for the arts in NC over the next four years. They want to know:
1. What are the key issues in your community and your work?
2. How are the arts a solution in your community?
3. What can we do together to position the state's arts industry as essential to NC's future?
They hope you will participate in one of their four public meetings across the state.
Their Chapel Hill meeting will be held from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Council Chambers, Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill.
NC Arts Council public meetings are accessible and open to the public. To request accommodations or access services, please contact Catherine Lavenburg at 919/807-6501 at least one week prior to the meeting.
For more information, please contact Katie Landi at 919/807-6523 or visit www.ncarts.org/publicmeetings.
Arts Economic Impact in Orange County, NC
Orange County's Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry
Generates $85.4 Million in Economic Activity and
Supports 3,352 Jobs Annually
According to Americans for the Arts
Arts Industry Returns $8.0 Million in Revenue to
Local and State Coffers
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $85.4 million in annual economic activity in Orange County, NC —supporting 3,352 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $8.0 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.
According to the study, nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Orange County, NC spent $63.9 million during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $55.6 million in household income for local residents and $5.4 million in local and state government revenues.
“We’re thrilled to have the proof that the arts repay the investment – they create jobs and stimulate the economy, attract visitors and new residents, and improve the quality of life for the community. On every level – local, state, and national – the arts mean business!” said Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission, AFTA’s local partner for this study.
Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during 2010. This spending—$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.
“This study shines a much-needed light on the vital role the arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses and to federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”
Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses
In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $21.5 million in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Orange County, NC, these dollars support 643 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $2.5 million in local and state government revenues.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact.
The full study results for the state of North Carolina are available at www.ncarts.org/freeform_scrn_template.cfm?ffscrn_id=650.
Full study results for Orange County, NC are available at www.artsorange.org/index-4extra.html.
The Orange County Arts Commission is the official county agency that strengthens the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Created in 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission’s 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm. The Orange County Arts Commission is housed in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, 501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, contact Martha Shannon at 919/968-2011 or visit www.artsorange.org.
Orange County Highlights from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Orange County, NC spent a total of $85.4 million during fiscal year 2010. This spending - $63.9 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $21.5 million in event-related spending by their audiences – supports 3,352 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $8.0 million in local and state government revenue.
Attendees to cultural events in Orange County, NC spend an average of $14.68 per person as a result of attending the event, excluding the cost of admission. For example, when patrons attend a cultural event, they may pay to park their car, eat dinner in a restaurant, shop in nearby stores, and pay a babysitter when they get home. Non-local attendees may spend the night in a hotel. These dollars generate commerce for local businesses.
Non-resident arts attendees in Orange County, NC spend more per person than local attendees ($19.17 vs. $10.65) as a direct result of their attendance to cultural events.
61.6% of non-resident attendees in Orange County, NC report that the primary reason for their trip is “specifically to attend this arts/cultural event.”
42.9% of resident arts attendees in Orange County, NC report if the event they attended were not happening, they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event. 57.3% of non-resident attendees in Orange County, NC report the same. These data demonstrate that if our community fails to provide a variety of cultural experiences, our audiences will take their discretionary dollars and spend them someplace else.
Arts and culture is a product – a magnet that attracts visitors to the region. In addition, cultural tourists spend twice what their local counterparts do on meals, transportation, and retail.
This study is a myth-buster: it alters the perception that the arts are luxuries worth supporting in prosperous times but hard to justify when the economy is struggling. At a time when governments at all levels are making tough budget choices, this study sends an important message: That support for the arts does not come at the expense of economic development. Rather, it is an industry – one that supports jobs, generates government revenue, is the cornerstone of tourism and economic development, and drives a creativity-based economy.
Orange County Reports and Sample Surveys Used
Final Report for Orange County
Summary of Findings for Orange County
Brochure Insert for Orange County
Sample Audience Expenditure Survey - English
Sample Audience Expenditure Survey - Spanish
Sample Organizational Expenditure Survey - Long
Sample Organizational Expenditure Survey - Short
Introducing ExploreChapelHillARTS.com, New Online Arts Calendar! - USER'S GUIDE
Orange County Increases Focus on Arts in 2012
New campaigns turn spotlight on local AND regional arts opportunities
by Patty Griffin, APR, Communications Director, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
The Orange County Arts Commission and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau have partnered to launch a new events marketing network designed to help increase tourism throughout the county and enhance visibility for Orange County’s artists and art-related events.
The Arts Calendar in Orange County is now active at
www.explorechapelhillarts.com. Visitors can also access the calendar through the www.visitchapelhill.org and the
www.artsorange.org site by clicking on events calendar or the explore arts logo.
Both the Arts Commission and the Visitors Bureau have conducted significant data entry and design work and have also trained local events organizers on how to customize their information moving forward. Local individuals and organizations are encouraged to use the calendar to promote their events and activities to visitors coming to Orange County, as well as to local residents.
“This new calendar is a way to promote your concert, lecture, art opening, play, food event, sporting event and more taking place in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and the county,” says Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission. “You can add photos and links back your website to highlight your event and venue. Just register at the top of the explorechapelhillarts website to get started,” adds Shannon. For more information, there is a free calendar user’s guide on www.artsorange.org. See "User's Guide" (pdf) link above.
The network, owned by Pursuit of Happiness and branded as EverWondr, is custom-branded for its users and is currently the events web engine for more than 16 Arts Councils, 18 Convention and Visitor Bureaus, 14 Chambers of Commerce, 8 Universities, two media outlets and more than 195 attractions and venues throughout North Carolina.
The new www.explorechapelhillarts site includes:
Events: The events section features an easily searchable listing of all events and activities within key areas. My Planner: Registered users receive a free, customized events planning calendar through which they are able to track events of interest to them. Events may be “snagged” for posting on social media pages (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, etc.). Gallery: The Gallery features individual portfolio pages for artists, musicians, educators and other individuals to showcase their work. Art Market: The Art Market gives artists “store fronts” from which to sell work. Similar to other online art fairs (e.g. Etsy); this area of the website enhances the visibility and commerce of individual artists or co-ops. There is a nominal charge for “store fronts” in this section of the site.
Triangle Wide Outreach
In addition to a new on-line arts campaign, the three Triangle visitor bureaus, including Orange County, Durham and Wake Counties have teamed to launch a Triangle wide arts collaboration that promotes visitation within the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. The new website portal www.artsinthetriangle.com will be displayed on all local visitors’ bureau websites and link to local arts calendars, including Orange County’s new comprehensive calendar.
“When the CHOCVB and Orange County Arts Commission joined offices in 2010, we knew we would focus on greater collaboration between the arts and tourism,” said Laurie Paolicelli, executive director of CHOCVB.
The site works to highlight the many cultural experiences to be had throughout the region, proving that travelers don’t have to go far to begin a new arts adventure. Day-trip visitation—often taking place within a 50-mile radius—is an important part of a destination’s overall marketing strategy, as it helps maintain or increase visitor levels on a year-round basis.
Collectively, there are six major art museums in the Research Triangle Region, including Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and North Carolina Central University Art Museum in Durham and CAM Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Wake County. There are also more than two dozen major performing arts organizations in the three counties.
The mission of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is to develop and coordinate visitor services in Orange County and to implement marketing programs that will enhance the economic activity and quality of life in the community. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.
Emerging Artists Program Deadline September 12, 2012
Durham Arts Council is distributing grant applications for the 2012-2013 Emerging Artists Grants Program. 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 further their professional careers. Grants may not exceed $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include the overall excellence of the applicant’s work, 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 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Durham Arts Council (120 Morris Street) in downtown Durham. The Emerging Artists Grant 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 one year, must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form. Applications are now available at the front desk of the Durham Arts Council building, located at 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701 or by calling 919-560-2720. Applications are also available for downloading from the Durham Arts Council web site at www.durhamarts.org and additionally at sponsoring agencies’ websites.
There are 4 free information sessions scheduled for this grant program:
July 18, 2012 - 6 pm (Wednesday)
Richard H. Thornton Library, 210 Main Street, Oxford, NC
Contact: Max Burrus, 919-691-3595, President, Granville Arts Council
August 1, 2012 - 6 pm (Wednesday)
OWASA (Orange County Water & Sewer) Community Room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC
Contact: Martha Shannon, Orange County Arts Commission Director, 919-968-2011.
August 7, 2012 - 6 pm (Tuesday)
The Kirby Gallery, 213 North Main Street, Roxboro, NC
Contact: Erin Elizabeth Ganey, 336-597-1709 or email@example.com
August 8, 2012 - 6 pm (Wednesday)
Conference Room 1, Bldg. 1, 764 West Street,
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC
Contact: Chatham County Arts Council, 919-542-0394.
August 15, 2012 - 6 pm (Wednesday)
Duke Rehearsal Hall, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham, NC
Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919-560-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emerging Artists Program is cited repeatedly by local artists as providing important financial support and significant public recognition of their professional achievements. In its 26-year history the Emerging Artists Program has awarded more than $410,000 through 404 grants to individual artists. Durham Arts Council coordinates this program in partnership with the local 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.
The Emerging Artist Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and individual contributions.
Piedmont Laureate Program RE_OPENED, Deadline January 11, 2013 for Authors of Children's Literature (works for ages 0-18)
The Piedmont Laureate Program, started in 2008, announces the re-opening of the application process for its 2013 Piedmont Laureate. The range of eligible North Carolina authors of Children's Literature has been expanded to those for ages 0-18 years. Previous applicants need not re-apply. Their applications are still under consideration. The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. The program focuses each year on a different literary form.
Five central North Carolina county arts groups co-sponsor this effort with the key goal to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont area: the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Alamance County Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.
Applications for the 2013 Laureate will be accepted only from authors of Children's Literature (works for ages 0-18) currently residing in Alamance, Durham, Orange and Wake counties. The Laureate, who will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies, will present public readings and workshops, participate at select public functions, and create at least one original activity to expand appreciation of literature. The 2013 Piedmont Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,500 and serve through the 2013 calendar year.
Additional information on the Piedmont Laureate Program, including guidelines and the application form, are at www.piedmontlaureate.com and additionally on sponsoring agencies’ websites. The deadline to apply is by 4 pm on January 11, 2013.
Fall 2012 Arts Grants Awarded
The following organizations and individuals have been awarded Orange County Arts Grants to support arts programming during the Fall 2012 grant cycle (January 1 - December 31, 2013):
Botanical Garden Foundation/North Carolina Botanical Garden
Cedar Ridge High School
Chapel Hill High School/Carrboro High School/Phoenix Academy Coalition
Estes Hills Elementary School PTA
Franklin Street Arts Collective dba FRANK Gallery
Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library
Hillsborough Arts Council
Michael Roy Layne dba Legacyworks
McDougle Elementary School PTA
McDougle Middle School PTA
One Song Productions
Phillips Middle School PTSA
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
St. Joseph's Historic Foundation (fiscal agent for Sacrificial Poets
Mary Carter Taub
Town of Carrboro Arts Committee
Grant checks were distributed at the February 5, 2013 regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in Hillsborough.
Children's Author John Claude Bemis Named 2013 Piedmont Laureate
Hillsborough children's book author, educator and presenter John Claude Bemis has been selected as the region's 2013 Piedmont Laureate. Mr. Bemis was introduced as the region’s new laureate at the Murphey School Radio Show in Orange County on February 3, 2013.
The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Alamance County Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” The program focuses on a different literary form each year (poetry in 2009, novels in 2010, creative non-fiction in 2011, playwriting/screenwriting in 2012, and children's literature in 2013.).
"John Bemis brought his book and aspects of American folklore alive for our students with a lively and entertaining program," said Dr. Rhonda Zayas-Palmer, a librarian at Ravenscroft School. "He did what has become increasingly difficult in our video age - he inspired them to read!"
For being named the Piedmont Laureate, Mr. Bemis will receive an honorarium and serve until December 31, 2013. His duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of literature. A schedule of the Laureate’s 2013 activities is posted on the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.com.
An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John Claude Bemis brings his passion for music, folklore and spinning exciting tales to his novels and presentations. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. The trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been describes as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His latest novel is The Prince Who Fell from the Sky." A musician and educator, John lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.
For more information about the Piedmont Laureate program, including John Claude Bemis' 2013 Piedmont Laureate schedule and blog, please visit www.piedmontlaureate.com.
Artists' Salon Series
The next Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013.
Artists' Salons are held from 6:30-9 pm in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light refreshments 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.
The topic for August is the Teaching Artist Toolbox. The presenter is Faye Stanley, Chapel Hill Teaching Artist and Author. There will be time for lots of questions and answers during/after the presentation.
Faye Stanley facilitates workshops and training sessions and presents at conferences internationally. Her book, The Teaching Artist Toolbox: Connecting Your Art and the School, was published by New Village Press, and her books and CD's Music and Sound: Learning Experiences for the Elementary Clasroom, Singing to Learn: A Multicultural Approach to Early Childhood Curriculum, and World Games to Sing and Dance in the Classroom and Community are also available. She wrote the JAM Guide for the North Carolina Arts Council, outlining programmatic content for cultural music traditions in after-school programs, and consults on arts based initiatives with schools internationally. Faye also serves on the North Carolina Arts Council's Arts in Education Advisory Committee, is a mentor for the Kennedy Center's Artists as Educators seminars, and is Director of the Arts and Engagement project for Duke University. Faye holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters in Education.
The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. The Orange County Arts Commission works to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community. One of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission is to better serve the needs of artists. Artists often work in isolation and salons 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 919/968-2011 or email us at email@example.com.
Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls Out Words On The Move on Public Buses
Piedmont Laureate Program Rolls out Words On The Move Project on Public Buses in Chapel Hill, Raleigh
The Piedmont Laureate Program is offering a new literary platform for Scott Huler, the 2011 Piedmont Laureate: the interior placards on public buses. The Orange County Arts Commission and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with their respective bus systems (Chapel Hill Transit and Capital Area Transit), are participating in this pilot project.
Words On The Move bus placards contain thought-provoking questions posed by Mr. Huler. Examples of these questions are "Where did this bus start?" "Where does it go?" and "What would it cost you if you drove the same distance?" Bus riders are asked to pose their own questions at the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.com. Mr. Huler will respond to selected questions.
Mr. Huler is the first pIedmont Laureate to be involved with the Words On The Move project.
"Part of the Laureate program involves reaching out and waking people up to the writing around them -- reminding them that writing is everywhere, that writing is how we communicate, that writing is fun," he said. "This is like, 'Hey, my bus is asking me questions! My bus is making me think about my surroundings!' Or anyway that's how I hope it is."
"And I love being able to use the website to hear people's responses to the questions, to remind them that they're writers as well as readers." Mr. Huler added. "It's a great combination of my dual goals as laureate: to wake people up to the amazing things going on around them and to remind them that writers aren't some sort of breed apart; writers are everybody."
The Orange County Arts Commission, in partnership with Chapel Hill Transit placed the Words On The Move placards on all 99 of the Chapel Hill Transit buses. The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with Capital Area Transit (CAT), placed the Words On The Move placards on CAT's 12 Art-On-The-Move buses.
For more information about the Piedmont Laureate's Words On The Move project in Orange County, contact Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/968-2011, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.com. The Words On The Move bus placards can be viewed at the Piedmont Laureate website.
Take the Arts Economic Impact Survey!
The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) is partnering with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) in the latest national economic impact study entitled Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. This is also North Carolina’s first statewide arts economic impact study! The OCAC’s participation in this important research project will allow the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and cultural industry in Orange County to be quantified. It is well known that this industry creates jobs and generates government revenue. In May 2012, a report will be received that will tell the arts community just how many jobs and how much money we represent.
Orange County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including historic sites and museums, are now collecting audience surveys from attendees at their events. The survey is a simple one-page questionnaire that takes less than two minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous.
We need your help! Please complete the arts economic impact survey provided at a broad range of arts and cultural events in Orange County during 2011.
So far, the OCAC has contacted at least eighty (80) nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Orange County to participate in this study. Orange County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and representing all arts disciplines can be involved in this study. If your Orange County nonprofit arts or cultural organization would like to participate, please contact the OCAC at email@example.com or call 919/968-2011.
AFTA, the nations’ leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, has conducted similar economic impact studies in more than 250 U.S. communities. Their methodology is sound. In fact, their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support federal arts support.
Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this very important study!
The Orange County Arts Commission is a county agency that strengthens the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Created in 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission’s 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm. The Orange County Arts Commission is housed in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, 501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, contact Martha Shannon at 919/968-2011 or visit www.artsorange.org.
Orange County Arts Commission Joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
The Orange County Arts Commission announces it has officially joined Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™. The research study, which is being conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), America’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, will evaluate the impact spending by nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences have on their local economies. As one of 200 study partners across all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the Orange County Arts Commission will facilitate the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from nonprofit arts and culture organizations located throughout Orange County. In addition, the Orange County Arts Commission will collaborate with the community’s arts organizations to collect surveys from at least 800 arts and culture attendees in Orange County during 2011. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV will allow AFTA to evaluate the impact of the recession on the employment and government revenues that are generated by the nonprofit arts industry. We expect that the findings will demonstrate that the arts remain a formidable industry in spite of our country’s recent economic challenges.
Customized findings for Orange County will demonstrate the impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences on the economy. Specifically, the study’s results will include:
The total dollars spent by Orange County’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
The total dollars spent by audiences as a direct result of their attendance at arts and culture events in Orange County.
The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending.
The amount of resident, household income—including salaries and wages—generated by arts spending.
The amount of local and state government tax revenues generated by arts spending.
“We are very pleased to be participating in the first statewide arts economic impact study in North Carolina” said Martha Shannon, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission. “We know that the arts provide jobs and attract visitors. This study will show the return on investment in arts and culture.”
According to Americans for the Arts most recent national study, the national nonprofit arts industry generated 5.7 million jobs and $166.2 billion in total economic activity during 2005, resulting in $29.6 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The $166.2 billion total included $63.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the 2005 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact.
“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity studies demonstrate that the arts are a formidable industry that stimulates the economy in cities and towns across the country,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive. Still, much has changed since our last study as a result of the economic downturn. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV will allow us to evaluate the impact the recession has had on employment and government revenues that are generated by the nonprofit arts industry.”
Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study is supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the Arts’ local and statewide project partners are contributing both time and financial support to the study.
The Orange County Arts Commission strengthens the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Created in 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission’s 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm. The Orange County Arts Commission is housed in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, 501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, contact Martha Shannon at 919/968-2011 or visit: artsorange.org.
Creative Economy Measures: Nonprofit Arts Economic Impact in Orange County
Measure what matters.
The key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy is measured through Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences. This study, conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), demonstrates that the nonprofit part of the creative industry is an economic driver in communities — a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.
Creativity means Business. The arts provide jobs and attract visitors. This study will show the return on investment in arts and culture.
For the first time, North Carolina will be studied statewide. Because the N.C. Arts Council is sponsoring Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, the Orange County Arts Commission will get a custom report for Orange County. Impact reports for Orange County, along with North Carolina and all seven economic development regions, will be delivered in May, 2012.
An economic impact study documents the flow of money from arts groups into the community, through spending on materials, salaries, ticket sales, audience purchases and other commerce. Americans for the Arts, a national arts service organization, measures the impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in America every five years. The most recent national study identified more than $45 million in revenues returned to government, $239 million in household income and nearly 16,000 jobs from arts nonprofits and audiences in just five North Carolina communities.
Beginning in January, 2011, the Orange County Arts Commission will gather local data proving how important the arts are to the local economy and how local investment in nonprofit arts and culture organizations generates significant economic activity.
5-Year Arts Grant Funding Summary
From the Fall of 2005 through the Spring of 2010, the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) awarded $313,330 in state and county arts grant funds to 101 unique recipients.
Using both state and county arts grant funds during this period, the OCAC awarded:
45 Arts Program grants (49% of total),
25 Arts in Education grants (20% of total),
21 Artist Project grants (7% of total),
3 General Arts Support grants (13% of total),
1 Arts in Education Coalition grant (2% of total).
Using both state and county arts grant funds during this period, the OCAC used 9% of the total for programming including:
Annual Emerging Artists Program,
Annual Piedmont Laureate Program,
Upcoming Arts Economic Impact Study,
Arts Incubation Program,
"E-Marketing for the Arts" Workshop,
Student volunteer scholarships for Public Art 360,
Public Art Projects throughout Orange county (Seymour Center, Orange County Library, Cedar Grove Park).
Special thanks to our Board of County Commissioners and the North Carolina Arts Council (a state agency) for their continued support since 1985.
101 UNIQUE RECIPIENTS OVER 5 YEARS (see pie chart at right)
Visitors Bureau and Arts Commission Join Forces
by Laurie Paolicelli and Martha Shannon
Making art and making money rarely go hand-in-hand, but in Orange County our resident artists have helped to create an aura of fertile creativity here that draws a number of visitors to our area year after year. It’s only fitting, then, that The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) recently moved into office space in the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau in Chapel Hill.
Please join us in welcoming the OCAC, along with celebrating the arts in Orange County, from 3-6 pm on Wednesday, September 8th at an Open House at the Visitors Center located at 501 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
This is a perfect fit for Chapel Hill and for all of Orange County. The Orange County Arts Commission promotes and strengthens the artistic and cultural development of this entire area. According to the Travel Industry Association, cultural tourists spend more and stay longer than the average traveler. The arts industry attracts audiences who buy gas to drive to the exhibits, purchase dinner before the shows, pay for parking and/or child care while they’re attending concerts, make purchases at a retail shops along the way and, of course, purchase tickets to attend the performances. The role of the OCAC in tourism is to help local artists and arts agencies create the “product” (such as visual art exhibits, concerts, performances, etc.) that both locals and visitors alike come to Orange County to enjoy.
For instance, one way the Arts Commission does this is through awarding grants for a variety of art projects. Just a sampling of some of the state-funded grants awarded in the Spring 2010 cycle include: production expenses for Deep Dish Theater Company’s Tenth Anniversary Season in Chapel Hill, the performance of the Sones de Mexico Ensemble and the 10 by 10 Theatre Festival at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and a new Outdoor Sculpture Tour by the Hillsborough Arts Council in Hillsborough, and many, many more.
The Fall 2010 OCAC grant application deadline for artists, schools, nonprofit arts agencies, and nonprofits sponsoring art-related projects is November 30, 2010. OCAC’s Fall grants are supported by county funds appropriated from the Board of County Commissioners, who are extremely supportive of the arts in Orange County. Please visit the OCAC’s website at www.artsorange.org or call 919/968-2011 for more information.
What we’ve come to understand, especially as these difficult economic burdens we bear are getting no lighter, is that the we can’t get along without the arts, and the arts can’t get along without everybody else, locals and tourists alike. The synergistic collaboration of the Visitors Center and the Arts Commission will enhance the lives of us all.
We hope to see you at our open house.
2010 Marks 25th Anniversary of Orange County Arts Commission
Celebrating 25 years of advancing the arts in Orange County!
MISSION STATEMENT - To promote & strengthen the artistic & cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina
Chapel Hill News Article 3/10/10
The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government, currently housed within the Orange County Economic Development Commission. Our sister agency within this department is the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission's 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6-7:30 pm.
Since 1985 the Orange County Arts Commission has been the official county-wide advisory body on the arts, serving as a clearinghouse for arts information, granting state and county funds for arts programming by non-profit agencies and/or artists, facilitating arts program development and advising the Board of County Commissioners on the arts.
Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding & support for a broad range of high quality arts programs.
Minutes from Orange County Board of Commissioners' meetings: January 15, 1985 PDF & February 4, 1985 PDF
Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) & approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines.
The Arts Commission also awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs (such as Artists' Salons, Piedmont Laureate, Emerging Artists, Congressional High School Arts Competition, public art projects, etc.) & serves as an arts information clearinghouse.
The 1985 Resolution creating the Orange County Arts Commission says that “the Commission shall be the Local Distributing Agent (LDA) to advise the Board of Commissioners of the annual allotment of Grassroots Arts Program funds.”
When the Grassroots Arts Program was established in 1977 the legislation stated that the role of the county commissions was to nominate an LDA, which if approved would have the final authority in determining the expenditure of its county Grassroots allotment.
To quote from the bill: “Guided by the standards set out in Section 3 of this act, the board of county commissioners of each county shall designate to the Department of Cultural Resources an organization to serve as its distributing agent for Grassroots Arts Program funds. Upon the approval of the Department of Cultural Resources, the designated organization shall become the official distributing agent for that county and shall remain so until such time as it no longer meets the necessary standards. To receive its per capita funds, the official distributing agent must annually submit to the Department of Cultural Resources for its approval a plan for the expenditure of the funds allotted to that county and must account for the funds after they have been expended.”
The Orange County Arts Commission has served as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) in Orange County for 25 years, acting in accordance with Grassroots Arts Program policy that the final authority for determining the expenditure of Grassroots allotments rests with the board of directors of the LDA (now called DCP). This is the case with all of the Grassroots Arts Program DCPs in the state.
From 1985-2010, the Orange County Arts Commission subgranted $487,129 in state funds to non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. From 1985-2010, $64,920 in state funds has been retained by the Orange County Arts Commission to help fund our own arts programming. The total state Grassroots Arts Program allocation from the NC Arts Council to the Orange County Arts Commission from 1985-2010 is $552,049. (This total does not include other state grants from the NC Arts Council to the Orange County Arts Commission for various purposes such as Arts in Education, Technical Assistance, etc.).
From 1987-1996, the Orange County Arts Commission subgranted at least $93,042 in county funds to non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. During this period of time, additional funds were provided to the Orange County Arts Commission, primarily for administrative support. Prior to 1996, the Orange County Arts Commission was funded by Orange County as a nondepartmental agency.
From 1997-2010, Orange County budgeted $336,660 in county funds to the Orange County Arts Commission to subgrant to artists and non-profit organizations sponsoring art projects in Orange County. Although the Orange County Arts Commission has made subgrants using state and/or county funds since its inception, the year 1996 is the first year the Orange County Arts Commission was funded by Orange County as a division within Economic Development.
In addition to our annual Spring & Fall grant programs (for schools, arts projects for non-profit organizations, non-profit arts organizations, and artists), our other programs over the years include:
Public Art Projects at Southern Human Services Center (Chapel Hill), Central Orange Senior Center (Hillsborough), Seymour Center (Chapel Hill), Animal Services Center (Chapel Hill), Link Government Services Center (Hillsborough), Orange County Public Library (Hillsborough), Cedar Grove Park (Cedar Grove)
Purchase of Existing Work for Orange County Facilities (Hillsborough, Chapel Hill)
annual Fourth US Congressional District High School Art Competition (with Durham Arts Council and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County)
annual Emerging Artist Program (with Durham Arts Council, Chatham Arts, Granville County Arts Council, and Person County Arts Council)
annual Piedmont Laureate Program (with Durham Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Alamance County Arts Council)
"Studio Tourism" Workshop (with Chatham Arts)
"E-Marketing for the Arts Workshop (with Chatham Arts)
Arts Incubation Program (Orange County Artists Guild, Arts Advocates, Culture Zone)
Franklin Street Arts Collective dba FRANK Gallery - Artists Collective and Gallery (with Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau)
Public Art 360: Symposium from Seven Perspectives (with Percent for Art Collaborative, NC Arts Council, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, Town of Chapel Hill, SC Arts Commission, Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau, Chapel Hill Museum, Cary Visual Art, Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts, University of North Carolina, Ackland Art Museum, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, etc.)
quarterly Artists' Salons (at ArtsCenter in Carrboro)
Our quarterly Artists' Salons are free skills development workshops for area artists. Printed information distributed at many of these salons is available in the Arts Commission office. If you'd like a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919/968-2011) and provide your topic of interest. Artists' Salon topics/dates over the years are as follows:
Orange County Arts Commission Presents the Artists' Salon (April 19, 2002)
Competing in the Public Art Arena (August 23, 2002)
Selling Your Art on the Internet (October 18, 2002)
Artists' Studio Space Needs (January 17, 2003)
Artists' Studio Space Needs - Part 2 (April 11, 2003)
The Arts and Downtown Revilalization (August 22, 2003)
Creative Connections: An Informal Gathering of Artists/Arts Organizations (November 7, 2003)
Legal Issues for Artists (February 20, 2003)
Digitizing Your Art (May 7, 2004)
Are You Ready for Public Art Commissions? (August 20, 2004)
Managing Your Art Business (November 5, 2004)
Marketing Your Art (March 4, 2005)
Whose Story Is It? A Writers' Workshop (June 3, 2005)
Outside-the-Box Ideas to Increase Your Bottom Line (September 23, 2005)
Holiday Social (December 2, 2005)
Getting Your Music Out There (March 3, 2006)
Marketing Your NC Crafts to Museum Shops (May 19, 2006)
Independent Film Making (August 18, 2006)
Selling Art to the Holiday Gift Market (November 17, 2006)
Customer Satisfaction (February 16, 2007)
Peak Performance: The Artists' Way (May 18, 2007)
Time Management for Artists (August 17, 2007)
Barter Your Art to Save Big and Boost Sales (November 16, 2007)
Health Insurance and Taxes for Artists (February 22, 2008)
Arts Marketing via Social Networking: Blogging and Podcasting (May 16, 2008)
Internet Resources for Creative Portfolios (August 22, 2008)
Art in Second Life (November 21, 2008)
Making Money Online Through Art (February 27, 2008)
Piedmont Poets' Roundtable (May 15, 2009)
North Carolina Songwriters Co-op (August 28, 2009)
Business Counseling for Artists (November 20, 2009)
Copyright Law (February 26, 2010)
Doing the Digital: Artists' Online Presence (May 21, 2010)
Writer's Grants with Krista Bremer, 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award Recipient (August 20, 2010)
Artists as Entrepreneurs: FRANK Gallery (November 19, 2010)
How to Get Art & Artists Grants (February 4, 2011)
How to Present Your...Art (May 20, 2011)
Becoming a Teaching Artist (August 19, 2011)
Exploring Resources, Leveraging Assets, Crafting Your Path (November 18, 2011)
Shoebox Accounting (February 3, 2012)
Making Tourism Work for You...the Economic Potential of Tourists & Art (May 18, 2012)
Emergency Preparedness for Artists (August 24, 2012)
Crowdfunding: Raising Funds Online (November 16, 2012)
Contracts for Visual Artists (February 1, 2013)
Copyright & Controversy for Visual Artists (May 3, 2013)
Teaching Artist Toolbox (August 23, 2013)
2013 Congressional High School Art Competition in Orange County
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 Art Competition is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. 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 portions of the counties of Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance, Wake, Cumberland and Alamance are eligible to apply.
If you are a current high school visual art student in Orange County and would like to participate in the 2013 Congressional High School Art Competition, contact your high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission for an application form and guidelines. Orange County visual art students should bring their entries to the Orange County Arts Commission office at 501 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Applications and guidelines are available at all Orange County and Chapel Hill Public Libraries. Click here for more information and to download the application and guidelines or call 919/968-2011.
Arts Commission Announces May 22, 2013 Spring Grant Deadline: Information Session April 2
The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) announces a 5 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 deadline for receipt of arts grant applications from nonprofit organizations, schools and individuals for the spring cycle:
General Arts Support Grant funds up to $5,000.00 available to non-profit organizations who consistently provide high-quality arts programming that benefits the citizens of Orange County. Groups must have been awarded at least one arts grant from the Orange County Arts Commission in each of the last three years: 2009, 2010, 2011.
Arts Program Grant funds up to $1,500.00 available to non-profit organizations coordinating arts projects benefiting the citizens of Orange County.
Arts in Education Grant funds up to $1,000.00 available to public or private schools, or parent and teacher organizations in Orange County coordinating arts programs.
Arts in Education Coalition Grant funds up to $5,000.00 available to three or more Orange County schools or parent and teacher organizations coordinating arts programs.
Artist Project Grant funds up to $1,000.00 available to professional artists coordinating arts projects benefiting the citizens of Orange County.
Spring Grants Project Period: The Spring cycle of grants will fund arts activities taking place from July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014.
Supportable Projects: Applicants may request funds to support a variety of arts programs in the visual, performing, literary arts.
Deadline: Spring applications must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Orange County Arts Commission office (this is not a “postmarked by” deadline). The Orange County Arts Commission office is located at 501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC.
Applications: Applications are available for downloading online (MS Word and PDF formats) at the "Grants" section of the Arts Commission's website. Hard-copies are available at the Arts Commission office, at all Orange County Public Libraries and at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Information Session: The Arts Commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop for potential OCAC fall grant applicants on Tuesday, April 2 from 6-7:45 pm in the Community Room at the Orange Water & Sewer Authority (OWASA) at 400 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro. To register for this workshop, or for more information about OCAC grants, visit www.artsorange.org/grants.html or contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/968-2011.
“Opportunities for Artists” and More on OCAC Website
The Orange County Arts Commission’s website lists current opportunities for artists and includes information on:
OCAC Programs and Services
Arts Resource Links
Local Arts Directory
Expanded OCAC Newsletter
Check it out!
We Are the Orange County Arts Commission
The Orange Arts newsletter is an online publication of the Orange County Arts Commission, the official 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 and the North Carolina Arts Council.
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:
Orange County Arts Commission
Post & Physical Address: 501 W. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Our local arts are exciting, vital, and they are happening right now – so get out and enjoy the arts in Orange County!
Do you subscribe to the North Carolina Public Art Network listserv? If not, you can join at
lists.ncmail.net/mailman/listinfo/ncpublicartnetwork. This listserv will send information on public art opportunities directly to your email address. Check it out!
Do you subscribe to the national Public Art Network listserv? If not, you can join by emailing Liesel Fenner at Americans for the Arts at
email@example.com and ask to be added to the national Public Art Network listserv. This listserv will send information on public art opportunities directly to your email address. Check it out!
Artists! Check out WESTAF's Call for Entry (CaFÉ) website, which enables artists to apply online to multiple calls for entry through a central Web site, www.callforentry.org.
UNC HCS is reuesting submission of original works of art to be purchased for the UNC NCS in Hillsborough Medical Office Building. Work Media: Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic and Sculpture. Work Size: Maximum size is 8' x 10'. Submission Requirements: Required images dimensions:
- Height/Width: 1920 pixels on the longest side. Note to artists who do not have images that are 1920 pixels or larger, the system will also accept images that are at least 1400 pixels on the longest side.
- File Format: Save all images as Baseline Standard JPEG. DO NOT save as Progressive JPEG.
- File Size: JPEGs must be under 2.0 MB.
- File resolution: 100 dpi.
- Color space: Save images in RGB color space, preferably sRGB.
- On the slide include the name of the work, the medium, the size and the purchase price.
- Artist Resume including biography, educational background, and exhibition. (Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the submission being disqualified for consideration.)
- Prompts: The NC Mountains, NC Coast, and the NC Piedmont.
- Work submitted must be completed, ready to sell and ready to hang: matted, framed and wired.
- Paintings on digital images on canvas (with finished edges) are exempted from framing and matting but must be wired.
Timeline: Deadline for submission is June 30, 2013. Selection Process: The art work submitted will be reviewed by a blinded selection committee with approval by UNC HCS Marketing Department. Prior to final selection, the selection committee may request to view the work. Notification to artist: The artist will be notified that their work has been selected by July 31st and will then be required to work through UNC HCS's purchasing department to arrange payment. Installation: All works will be installed by UNC HCS. Delivery: Delivery will be made to the Hillsborough Medical Office Building site on an agreed day and agreed time.
Please forward all submissions to: Echurchi@unch.unc.edu.
The Hillsborough Arts Council is extending their 2013 Call for Artists application deadline. The new deadline for applying to be considered for one of this year's exhibitions in the Hillsborough Arts Councill Gallery is Friday, April 12th by 4 pm.
Five shows are available as part of the Art Walk during Last Fridays in Hillsborough. Artists selected will be granted either a solo exhibit or will be paired with another artist. Artists living or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Caswell, Person or Wake counties are eligible.
The organizers are interested in a variety of art forms in two dimensions (painting photography, etc.) or three dimensions (sculpture, pottery, etc.).
Applications should be mailed to Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, Attn: Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee, 102 North Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278. For details and to download application forms, visit the Hillsborough Arts Council's website at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org. There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee. If you have further questions, please email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 31st Annual Hillsborough Hogg Day will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Some changes have been made to the event. The name has changed to the HOGG Festival to celebrate James Hogg, (Merchant, Left native Scotland, 1774, Partner in Transylvania Company, UNC Trustee, www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?sp=search&sv=G-108%20-%20JAMES%20HOGG%201729-1804. The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough is adding a living history aspect to the event and to draw people up to the Visitors Center during the day.
The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce would like to feature more local artists and crafters at the event, to make this truly a community event and something that will attract people to Hillsborough not just on Hogg Day, but also throughout the year. They would like to extend an invitation to the members of the Orange County Arts community to participate in Hogg Day as vendors, exhibitors, performers, etc. We hope to feature vendors who are of a high quality and who offer a varied array of items in all price ranges.
A special application is available below, offering a $25 discount from the regular crafts application fee. Space is limited, but they would like to have as many local participants as possible!!!!
For more information, please contact Margaret Cannell (Executive Director, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce) at email@example.com or call 919/732-8156.
2013 Hogg Day in Hillsborough - Special Crafters Application
Call for Artists = Town of Cary is now accepting applications for exhibitions in 2013-2014 solo and group art exhibition opportunities at new Cary Arts Center, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary Senior Center, Herb Young Community Center, Bond Park Community Center, and Cary Town Hall. Artists working in any medium are invited to submit an application. Application deadlines are August 1 and February 1. Download an application: www.townofcary.org and search "Exhibition Application" or pick one up at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center or the Cary Arts center. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CowParade North Carolina: cowparadenc.com
New Artists and Farmers Market Coming Soon to East 54 Urban Village in Chapel Hill: Participation will be FREE to artists, crafters, and farmers. This will be a great opportunity to present and offer your artwork in a highly visible, highly accessible, upscale location in Chapel Hill.
The website for the location is www.East54.com and for the on-site music series is www.East54Music.com.
While not set in stone, organizers have tentatively decided on Tuesday 3:30-6:30 pm for the Artists & Farmers Market.
Currently, the space is in an outdoor area of the complex, and the intention is that the market will run through fall and close for the year once colder weather rolls in, although there is a possibility of arranging for an indoor space for the artists, if there is enough interest. Organizers will set a start date and begin advertising, as soon as participants and vendors have been selected.
Please contact Nikki Jaeger, Entertainment and Events Coordinator at email@example.com or call 919/448-7309 if you are interested, or with any questions or suggestions.
FRANK, the non-profit gallery at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill continues its Thursday evening series with informal networking and light refreshments beginning at 6 pm. www.frankisart.com and more info on Facebook: FRANK, Franklin Street Arts Collective
Poetry Open Mic at the Looking Glass Cafe - Tuesdays at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department. Come read your own or others' works. Contact the Looking Glass Cafe at 919/967-9398 for directions and more information.
CALL TO ARTISTS - Handmade greeting/note cards to be sold at the Orange County Visitors Center in Hillsborough, NC. The subjects of Hillsborough and Orange County will be especially considered.
Pricing: The visitors center will be purchasing wholesale and adding 40% to artists wholesale price plus sales tax. The target retail price for the cards will be from $3.00 to $5.00.
Please send one sample and 3 photos of other designs. List the medium used, sizes, quantities available and if the artist or an outside printer produces the cards. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of samples and photos.
Mail entries to:
Hillsborough Arts Council
ARTCYCLE is a program that collects and distributes donations of new and used supplies to be used in our local schools’ classrooms.
C/O Neil Stutzer
102 West King Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
The schools that are served by ARTCYCLE include:
Grady A. Brown
Requested materials for music, band and chorus are:
Black three ring binders
Clear sheet protector
Any instruments in any condition
Mallets/sticks for percussion
Electric Portable Piano, 88 keys
Vocal music workbooks
Choral/chorus sheet music
Photocopy paper, printer, and scanner
Pencils, paper clips, index cards
Cables for amps/guitars
Reeds, stronger then 2”
5 Small stools
CD and I pod player system
Small CD player/boom box
Piano humidifier device
Requested supplies for the art classrooms are:
Drawing - paper and cardboard (any size, color or stock,) brown grocery bags, pencils, erasers, markers, pens, chalk, and crayons, matboard
Painting – Brushes; Paints: poster; acrylic, oil, watercolor, and tempera paints; varnishes; house paints, canvas
Sculpting - polymer, low fire and sculpting clays, glazes, tools, glue
Craft – glue, kids’ scissors, beads, buttons, yarn, yogurt cups, popsicle sticks, hardware, styrofoam sheets, wire, tiles, tin, pipe cleaners, fabric
Special Needs - blenders, irons, hair dryers, rolling pins, sewing machines, hammers, plastic bins and boxes, cutting tools
Drop off locations:
Churton Street Realty, 121 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
Call 919/732-1855 to contact any agent for a drop off time
Coldwell Realty, 114 West King Street, Hillsborough
The Studio Supply, 421 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Last Fridays Event, The Old Courthouse, Hillsborough Arts Council booth
Orange County Board of Education, Hillsborough
Tax letters available on request.
More participants will be added as we grow! Would you like to be involved? Please call or email Hillsborough Arts Council for further information.
Recycled Supplies for Art Education
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched an online program through its Kenan-Flagler Business School that would offer business knowledge to non-business majors.
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Arts Council
UNC says the program, known as UNC Business Essentials, includes a total of six courses. Students who complete the program would be granted a certificate that they could reference on their resume.
It is offered to both current students and college graduates.
“UNC Business Essentials allows the non-business major to become fluent in the language of business to stand out in an interview with a company, make a more meaningful impact in a non-profit or start their own business or organization,” says Susan Cates, associate deal of UNC Executive Development at Kenan-Flagler. “The program is a must-have for students and recent graduates who need to build their real-world relevant business knowledge and add a valuable credential to help distinguish them in the job market.”
The program includes six courses: Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Economics and Finance, Marketing, Business Operations and Business Communication.
Art & Soul Studios in Mebane is currently accepting applications for membership in its cooperatively run gallery. For information please visit www.artandsoulmebane.com/membership_info.htm or call (919)563-2300. Art and Soul Studios is located at 122 West Clay Street in Mebane, NC.
The FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently requesting proposals from artists wishing to display work in our gallery. The Center is a hub of international and educational activity and on average hosts well over 1,000 people each week, including members of the University community (students, faculty and staff), local community and visitors from around the world. See Call for Artists below. For more information, contact Laura Griest, Events Coordinator, FedEx Global Education Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 301 Pittsboro Street, Office 1207, Campus Box 3268, Chapel Hill, NC 27599). firstname.lastname@example.org. 919/962-0318 work, 919/843-4814 fax, www.global.unc.edu.
FedEx Global Education Center - Call for Artists
501 Diner is seeking local artists to display their work at the diner. Please contact Paula Kemp at 919/933-3505.
Last Fridays in Hillsborough are scheduled from February through November on the last Friday of the month from 6-9 pm at the Historic Orange County Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough, NC. The next Last Fridays event is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013. For more information about this free event, please visit the website of the Hillsborough Arts Council, the sponsoring organization.
The next Orange County Arts Commission Artists' Salon will be held Friday, August 23, 2013 from 6:30-9 pm in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Free. The topic for August is Teaching Artist Toolbox. The presenter is teaching artist and author Faye Stanley. The presentation begins at 7 pm. Join us, have some refreshments, get some questions answered and make some good contacts. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or call 919/968-2011.
The next 2nd Friday Art Walk will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday, June 14, 2013 in various galleries and venues in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area. Free. For more information and a map of participating venues, please visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/2nd-friday-art-walk/.
North Carolina Arts Council – The annual deadline for most organizational grant requests to the North Carolina Arts Council is March 1st. The deadline for Artists Fellowships is November 1st. For more information about their programs and grants, call 919/733-2111 or visit their website at www.ncarts.org.
Practicing artists with successful teaching experience are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Alamance County Arts Council. Instructors are needed for various age levels, in a range of artistic
disciplines (including visual, performing and literary arts). Competitive pay, supportive administration. Please email letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Mary Ruth, Education Coordinator, Alamance County Arts Council, 213 S. Main St., Graham, NC 27253. Phone 336/226-4495.
Art and Ag Driving Tourism Trails Create New Cash Crop for Area Counties - Farms. Chefs. Attractions. Roadside produce stands. Writers. Festivals. Restaurants. Museums. Galleries. Art studios. Nightclubs. Musicians. Photographers. Historic sites. Poets. Grocery stores. Banks. City halls. Community colleges. Visitors centers. Artists.
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.
Are You One of These?
- Restaurants/hotels/B&Bs serving locally produced food
- Restaurants/hotels/B&Bs displaying locally produced art or featuring local performers
- Restaurants serving recipes indigenous to the community (like: BBQ, catfish, Brunswick stew)
- Retail stores
- Visual art studios/shops
- U-pick-it farms
- Roadside stands
- Farmers' markets
- Arts Councils
- Visitors Centers
- Cultural events
- Corn mazes
- Historic walking tours featuring buildings with architectural significance
- Night clubs featuring local performers
- Public gardens
- Recreational Parks and Reserves
- Farms open to the public
Do You Meet Criteria?
- Standard hours of operation (can include "by appointment only")
- Safe, clean, tidy
- Significant proportion of North Carolina merchandise
- No shops that feature imports
- Welcoming to people from outside the community
- Related to cultural, heritage, agricultural, and natural resources
- Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act
- Directional signage
- Hotels/B&B's "connect" to arts and agriculture
- Interpretation ? signage, brochure or knowledgeable staff
- Focus on authenticity and quality
Does Your Restaurant Meet Any 5 of These Criteria?
- Shows local art on the walls/display cases and/or uses handcrafted items as tableware
- Has interpretive materials that tell about the arts on premises and/or the history of the place
- Regularly has live music
- Features locally grown produce
- Offers a selection of N.C. indigenous foods
- Serves indigenous N.C. recipes, such as bean bread
- Is in an architecturally significant building
- Is popular with locals
- Has a unique authentic regional claim to fame, such as "N.C.'s oldest restaurant"
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.
The Orange County recycling division is now crushing its green glass bottles instead of sending them off to Raleigh for recycling. Right now
it's a relatively small size particle with some blue in it, quite attractive and might have some application in art tiles or mosaic or other similar applications. There is a pile of about 100 tons at the
landfill. It's about half pea sized gravel and about half 'sand'. If someone wanted to view the pile and see if they can use the
material at either its current particle size or a larger size, they can
contact the landfill manager, Paul Spire at email@example.com or via
phone at 919/624-0221. The material will be for sale at less than $25 per ton, price is not
firm yet. They will load larger quantities for anyone who wants it. For more information, please contact Blair Pollock, Solid Waste Planner, 919/968-2788.
PROVENCE RESTAURANT in Carrboro looking for artists to exhibit paintings with
mediterranean influence (landscape, villages, coast line,etc). Please contact in the afternoons: Felix Roux, Provence, 203 W. Weaver st., Carrboro, NC. 919/968-5008.
Panzanella is requesting artists to display their works in this Carrboro restaurant. Please use the contact information on the following "Call for Artists" (pdf). (Please note that there is also an application form/artist agreement to be signed.)
If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, download it first (click on the icon above or click on www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html). Then come back to this page and download the following pdf file.
Panzanella - Call for Artists
Be sure to check out the Triangle Community Foundation's website often for grant/scholarship opportunities: www.trianglecf.org.
If you are a craft artist and need emergency assistance, check out the Craft Emergency Relief Fund at www.craftemergency.org/emerassistance.html.
Call for Artists - Town of Cary Art Exhibitions. The Town of Cary is now accepting applications for 2012-2013 solo and group art exhibition opportunities at the new Cary Arts Center, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary Senior Center, Herb Young Community Center, Bond Park Community Center, and Cary Town Hall. Artists working in any medium are invited to submit an application. Application deadlines are August 1 and February 1. Download an application: www.townofcary.org. Search "Exhibition Application" or pick one up at Page-Walker Arts & History Center or the Cary Arts Center. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN WORKS PASS INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN - Lolly Gasaway, University of North Carolina, has created a chart that clearly lays out when works pass into the public domain. The chart may be freely duplicated or linked to for nonprofit use. www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm".
The University of North Carolina School of Law created the Community Development Law (CDL) Clinic to help meet the legal needs of nonprofit and community development organizations. In the CDL Clinic, third year law students, under the supervision of law school faculty, furnish free corporate and transactional counsel to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to build and strengthen under-resourced communities.
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 Southern Arts Federation, a service organization for the arts in the nine southeastern states, has launched a free job listing web site - www.artsopportunities.org. We encourage all North Carolina arts organizations to list their vacancies on this site and all job seekers to search the site for openings.
Copyright Information for Artists - Check out www.nea.gov/artforms/Manage/Copyright2.html.
Health Insurance for Artists - check out The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center on the Americans for the Arts web site.
Web Site Development for Artists - Check out the New York Foundation for the Arts web site at www/nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=38&fid=1.
Art Gallery offering retail and studio spaces for rent. No commission, 6 month agreements, available January 2003. Opening special: month of January rent - half price. Call 919/742-3878 (Siler City, NC).
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has launched NYFA Source, "the nation's most extensive database of awards, services, and publications for artists of all disciplines." Artists, funders, arts organizations, and the general public can access NYFA Source for free at www.nyfa.org/nyfa_source.asp?id=47&fid=1.
Board Café, at www.boardcafe.org/,
is a newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Check it out!
Tips for Nonprofit Accountability. Charles B. Maclean, PhD and founder of
PhilanthropyNow has developed a self-audit for nonprofits to help prevent
behaviors that could have a negative impact on donors. In his article,
Maclean offers tips for nonprofit accountability. www.pnnonline.org/article.php?sid=734.
STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Independent Sector has
announced a new accountability initiative to help boards and staff of
nonprofits develop clear standards and procedures for ethical behavior. The
organization has produced an online compendium of the standards of more than
60 nonprofits. www.independentsector.org/issues/accountability.html.
IMAGINING AMERICA. A national movement to link universities with the
communities they serve through arts, design, and humanities projects. www.ia.umich.edu/.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) announces a new free online database of grants, residencies, publications and sources of information and assistance for artists of all disciplines. NYFA Source identifies more than 2,600 award programs, 2,000 services and 700 publications for artists in dance, music, theatre, performance art, visual art, design, media art and literary arts. The database may be accessed through www.nyfa.org.
National Heritage Fellowships: Nomination Information. As part of its efforts to honor, assist, encourage, and present artists and artforms that reflect the many cultural traditions that make up our nation, the NEA annually awards up to 12 one-time-only National Heritage Fellowships for master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships are intended to recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. For information on how to nominate someone, go to their website at arts.endow.gov/guide/Heritage02.html.
The Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools (CAPS) Program of the Durham Arts Council provides creative ways for students and educators in public and private schools of Durham and Orange counties to access arts education. Students are taught history through dance, language through poetry, science through photography, and other core curriculums through the arts. If you would like information on how to become a CAPS Artist-in-Residence, check out the Durham Arts Council's Artist Services Update. To find out how to place a CAPS artist in your child's school, contact Jane Williams at 919/560-2718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triangle Community Foundation is building a database of all eligible non-profits so that its donors can get involved in community organizations serving Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, and have access to the full range of granting opportunities in their fields of interest. If you're interested in submitting an agency profile, contact Jan Muller at 919/474-8360 or email to email@example.com.
Durham Arts Council offers revised Exhibit Directory for Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. There are approximately 140 exhibit opportunities listed in this guide with contact names, numbers, addresses and suggestions on how to approach galleries. Exhibit spaces are divided into Commercial, Nonprofit and Alternative spaces. Copies are available for $5.00. Send request and payment (made to Durham Arts Council) to Jennifer Collins, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.
North Carolina Handmade is an on-line gallery featuring arts and crafts made in North Carolina. Unlike a typical gallery, North Carolina Handmade will focus on handmade copies of original works instead of more expensive one-of-a-kind pieces. North Carolina Handmade is looking for artists and craftspeople who might be interested in having North Carolina Handmade sell their work. They plan to market pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, glasswork, woodwork, toys and dolls, and any other item handmade in North Carolina. North Carolina Handmade's mission will be to focus on promotion, maintaining a web store, customer service, and shipping while freeing each artist to focus on creating. They have put together a sample web site, www.nchandmade.com, so that they can demonstrate what we have in mind. The site includes sample arts and crafts, sample artist profiles, customer service information pages, and information for artists about working with North Carolina Handmade. For more information, contact Cheri DeRosia or David Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919/401-9912.