Early registration for the annual ARTS North Carolina Arts Days ends Tuesday, May 22 at midnight when the cost jumps by $40. This two-day arts industry event features professional development, including a key note address from the co-author of Switch, a New York Times bestseller, Dan Heath on Tuesday, May 20.
Heath, a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center, will discuss how to make change. Using psychology, sociology and other fields to create awareness about how to effect transformative change, Switch, shows what happens when the rational mind and the emotional mind join forces for change — whether you are interested in changing minds about public support of the arts or something personal, like becoming a vegetarian.
Also scheduled to speak is Si Kahn, who has worked more than 45 years as a civil rights, community organizer and musician. Kahn is the recipient of the Folk Artist for the year in 2010 named by the Folk Alliance for the number one CD, Courage, and the number one song on the Folk DJ Chart, Peace Will Rise. He will share lessons and music.
Other speakers include John Davis, a North Carolina political analyst, writer and speaker. In the seven election cycles since 2000, Davis has projected the winner in 1,286 of 1,399 North Carolina campaigns for a forecast accuracy rate of 96-percent. Also, Mike Wiley, acclaimed actor and playwright of The Parchment Hour, Brown v Board of Education and Blood Done Sign My Name, and other plays will share success stories.
The evening ends with the 25th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Heritage Award Program that will honor five masters of the traditional arts in a performance and awards ceremony scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh.
Recipients to be honored include bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks of Madison County, weaver Susan Morgan Leveille of Jackson County, potter Sid Luck of Moore County, jazz and R& B musician Bill Myers of Wilson, and Haliwa-Saponi artist Arnold Richardson of Halifax County. Learn more about the recipients here.
The Arts Council has reserved seats so that you can invite and bring your legislator to the event for FREE. The North Carolina Heritage Award is one of the Arts Council’s most popular programs, celebrating our finest traditional artists, and a great example of how using traditional art assets provide jobs, attract visitors, and builds community vitality. The performances and ceremony is a great story for local representatives.
Don’t delay. Reserve your ticket for only $22 by calling PineCone at (919) 664-8302 and mention that you are coming to Arts Day. If you are bringing a legislator they will hold a free ticket, but you can only reserve a ticket for your legislator by calling PineCone at (919)
664-8302. The deadline for legislative responses is Monday, May 12.
Registration for the two-day Arts Day for ARTS North Carolina members is only $110. Registration for the legislative day is only $35. Make your reservations by Monday, April 21 to save $40 here.
Click here for a complete schedule for Conference Day on Tuesday, May 20 and Legislative Day on Wednesday, May 21. www.artsnc.org