Registration is now open for ArtsDay 2017 scheduled Tuesday, March 28 to Wednesday, March 29 in Raleigh, a conference focused on professional development, networking and strategies for creating awareness about the arts across North Carolina.
Arts North Carolina has an exciting line-up of speakers including Anita R. Brown-Graham, who will provide the keynote address and Robert Bush. Activities are scheduled at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
Kicking-off Arts Day is key-note speaker Anita R. Brown-Graham. She is with the UNC School of Government where she is leading the public launch of a special initiative that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities.
Brown-Graham served as the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University for many years and is the recipient of many awards. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state.
Her talk will be followed up by Robert Bush, who will discuss The Next 50 Years. Bush is a nationally known leader in the local arts agency community and current serves as the president of the Arts & Science Council. He is a past president of the Arts North Carolina, he is a former member of both the Governing and National Policy Boards of Americans for the Arts, and the Boards of Directors of Community Building Initiative, Urban League of Central Carolinas, Indiana Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, Partners in Out-of-School Time, and The NAMES Project (the AIDS Memorial Quilt) where he served as board chair.
Other presenters include:
Donovan Livingston, who is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.”
Raleigh teaching artist Greg Whitt, a two-time recipient of Regional Artist Project Grants to study music of the African diaspora in the Caribbean. Greg regularly facilitates interactive and inspirational programs for groups of 10 to 300 people.
Phillip Shabazz, a poet, author, and teaching artist, will present. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina.
For more information and to register for Arts Day, visit artsnc.org/arts-day/arts-day-2017.