Week 2: Statewide Arts Celebration

Sandra K. Davidson

Every week in October, we’re profiling arts events from the Statewide Arts Celebration, an arts festival that reaches into all 100 North Carolina counties, that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council. The 175+ concerts, exhibits, performances, festivals, and classes dedicated to the N.C. Arts showcase the many ways North Carolinians participate in the arts and create art. Take a listen to the latest episode of Arts Across NC to learn more. Find an event near you by visiting www.ncarts50.org/events!

The 27th Annual North Carolina Dance Festival

The Rickhouse

Thursday Oct. 12; 8 pm

609 Foster St. Durham, NC 27701

Every year the NC Dance Festival, produced by Greensboro-based Dance Project, presents work by some of the best modern dance choreographers in the state. Four artists will present work in this performance including the NC Dance Alliance/NC Dance Festivals New Works Award winner Chris Yon, Rachel Barker, Alexandra Warrens of JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company, and classical Indian Dance artist Ramya Kapadia. The 2017 NC Dance Festival season is dedicated to the late Andrea Lawson, Music, Dance and Community Engagement Director for the N.C. Arts Council, in honor of her constant support of dance and art in the state., and to the N.C. Arts Councils 50th Anniversary season. Cost: $15-$21.50.


The Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts

Friday Oct. 13; 7:30 pm

405 W. Fourth St.

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Winston-Salem Symphony dedicates this performance to the N.C. Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary. Dallas Symphony principal trumpeter and former member of the Canadian Brass, Ryan Anthony returns to Winston-Salem for an exciting performance of music by American composer James Stephenson and film composer Ennio Morricone. Respighi’s incredible Pines of Rome, a blend of beautiful lyricism and sheer power, closes this early Autumn concert. Cost: $20-$67.

Best of the Blue Ridge Exhibit Opening & Gallery Crawl

The Ashe County Arts Center

Friday, Oct. 13; 5 pm-8 pm

303 School Ave.

West Jefferson, NC 28694

The Ashe County Arts Council dedicates its season to the N.C. Arts Council’s 50th. Best of the Blue Ridge is a juried art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council each year. The competition is open to visual artists residing in Ashe and the surrounding five counties, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga, Grayson VA, and Johnson TN. Stop by the exhibit opening, then explore the Gallery Crawl. Fifteen galleries and craft shops are featured along with street musicians, artist demonstrations, and an opportunity to stroll the streets enjoying the downtown public art scene. This is a free public event.

The Monitors

Martin County Arts Council

Saturday, Oct. 14; 6:30 pm-9:30  pm

124 Washington Street,

Williamston, NC 27892

The Martin County Arts Council dedicates its Artistic Sampler to the 50th Anniversary of the N. C. Arts Council. Enjoy a sampling of delicious food provided by citizens and businesses throughout the county. The Monitors will entertain with music for dancing or your listening pleasure. Tickets available at the MCAC Flatiron Gallery and Mast Pharmacy. Cost: $20 for Martin County Arts Council members and $25 for non-members.

Sunday Fun Day- Creative Costumes

The Mint Museum Uptown

Sunday, Oct. 15; 1 pm-4 pm

500 S. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

It’s family time at the Mint! Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, and family yoga sessions. This month, be a costume designer and check out designs from William Ivey Long, one of Broadway’s best. Participants will commemorate the N.C. Arts Council's 50th Anniversary by designing birthday card's to the agency. Children & Mint members free, adult admission $6.