For 30 years, hundreds of art makers, arts educators, arts administrators and arts supporters have come to Raleigh to learn, network, celebrate and speak with one voice. This annual convening sponsored by Arts North Carolina is a two-day conference of art and action set to kick off on Tuesday, May 24.
Arts Day starts with a day of professional development, networking and preparing messages and strategies. In addition to a lineup of speakers from various vantage points, a new feature for ARTS Day 2016 will be regional break-out sessions at North Carolina State’s Talley Student Union.
Presenters will include Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the N.C. Justice Center; John Hood, President of the Pope Foundation and founding Chair of the John Locke Foundation; David Heinen, Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy at the NC Center for Nonprofits; and Karen Wells, Executive Director of Arts North Carolina.
A variety of great performances are also slated including:
Singer/songwriters Laurelyn Dossett, Alice Gerrard and Sheila Kay Adams. Adams will receive a North Carolina Heritage Award on Wed. May 25 in Raleigh. Award-winning young folk singer and traditional musician, Eliza Meyer; students from the Madison County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program; the Paperhand Puppet Intervention and Durham’s PopUp Chorus are also scheduled to attend.
The regional breakout sessions facilitators will include:
• Georgann Eubanks (Facilitation Coordinator), teacher, consultant, author of the Literary Trails guidebook series.
• Kathleen C. Clark (West), leadership educator and coach, William C. Friday Fellowship
• Jen Nixon (Piedmont), Executive Director of the Reidsville Area Foundation
• Shorlette Ammons (East), Community Food Systems Outreach Coordinator, NC A&T; Co-Founder, SugarQube Records
Register by April 15 to enter into a drawing for dinner for two at Irregardless Café. All registration fees include lunch.