Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:17 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Valerie Macon, recently appointed North Carolina's poet laureate, resigned from the position today stating in her letter that she does not want, "the negative attention that this appointment has generated to discourage or distract attention from the Office of Poet Laureate."
"I am saddened by this entire situation," said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "I met with Valerie Macon and was very impressed with her passion to use her talent to combat homelessness. I am sorry that she became the focus of disingenuous comments that she did not deserve. I pledge to her and to all artists, both new and experienced, that this department will do all we can to support their creativity."
"I also feel that Governor McCrory was unfairly targeted. He has been incredibly supportive of this department and the arts," continued Kluttz. "He fully understands and has stated publicly that the arts are fundamental to North Carolina's history and culture. He is the first Governor who has welcomed the ArtsDay participants to Raleigh, his budget fully funded the North Carolina Arts Council and he appreciates the positive economic impact that arts has on rebuilding our small towns and large cities. I wish Valerie all the best."
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit http://www.ncdcr.gov.
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