50 Renowned Artists with N.C. Roots Celebrate Arts Council’s 50th

Vivian Howard

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council, 50 renowned artists with N.C. roots will share how the state inspired and shaped their careers.

Each week the North Carolina Arts Council will present a multi-media artist profile for its series, 50 for 50: Artists Celebrate North Carolina. Collectively, these 50 for 50 stories illustrate North Carolina’s rich, diverse, creative history and anticipate our powerful creative future.

Featured artists include best-selling author David Sedaris; Tony-award winning designer William Ivey Long; Kennedy Center honoree Patricia McBride and her husband Jean-Pierre Bonefoux; American Idol Scotty McCreery; architect Phil Freelon and his son Pierce Freelon; painter Beverly McIver; novelist Ron Rash; Mike Taylor and Phil Cook of Hiss Golden Messenger; the late Chuck Davis; photographer Helena Price; and award-winning chef Vivian Howard.

“North Carolina is abundant with accomplished artists from traditional musicians to contemporary glass blowers and everything in between,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council. “The celebration of 50 artists demonstrates our decades of support for art makers and our shared cultural identity illustrated in music, theater, dance, craft, film, visual and literary arts.”

The profiles are available every Tuesday at www.NCArts50.org. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll discover:

Charles R. “Chuck” Davis one of the world’s foremost teachers and choreographers of African dance from Durham passed away earlier this year. Davis was a distinguished teacher, choreographer, and ambassador for dance.

David Sedaris  moved to Raleigh right before starting the third grade. Adjusting to life in North Carolina wasn't easy, but he found his place in the arts. 

Helena Price may have photographed a U.S. President, Silicon Valley CEOs and professional athletes, but her journey to photography began in New Bern, N.C.

Visit www.NCArts50.org to learn their complete stories. You can also sign up to receive a weekly 50 for 50 update at http://search.ncarts.org/sub_org.php.

The N.C. Arts Council is also celebrating its anniversary with a new podcast series, ArtsAcrossNC. The monthly podcast features interviews with North Carolina artists and leaders about the public value of the arts in the state.

For more information visit https://www.ncarts50.org/.

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