Grants in Action: Interlude Music Workshops

This is a touching testimonial that shows how much our grants affect people in our community.

Please share my appreciation with all/whomever should see it. I write with a grateful heart for the Cabarrus Arts Council’s funding for the Interlude Music Workshops put on by Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County. They have been an important aspect of my continuing education as a Certified Music Practitioner (healthcare-setting harpist in my case) since 2013, and I think the Council has helped make possible each of those workshops. Thank you big time!

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It is such a privilege to be present at HPCCC with patients and families during the patient’s last days and sometimes last moments of life. To see patients release clenched jaws or knotted hands as they relax into the music, to accompany families as they join in singing around the bed of their beloved, to feel the joy of a husband or sister as they observe a semi-comatose patient move slightly in response to the music is an honor.

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Experiencing Art Through Touch

We had some very special visitors at The Galleries in March. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation brought a group of visually-impaired adults to our Capturing Light exhibition. These photos show how even when a person cannot see art, they can still experience it through touch! They were allowed to touch some pieces (once oils were removed from their hands with wipes). They relied on touch to examine pieces from Mark Bettis (Golden Field painting) and glass pieces from Mira Woodworth.

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2017 Youth Art Month Awards Ceremony

Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally throughout communities with art shows, special exhibitions, and more. Friday, March 31, 2017 is the Cabarrus County Schools 2017 Youth Art Month Awards Ceremony. It will be held on Means Ave. (right next to the Cabarrus Arts Council) and on an outdoor stage. Entertainment begins at 4:30 pm: high schools will perform numbers from their musicals; a string quartet, a chamber choir and several vocalists.

Began in 1963 by The Council for Art Education to draw emphasis on the importance of the arts for everyone: critical thinking/problem solving skills, creativity and communications skills. This month, 150 pieces of art from 37 Cabarrus County Schools have been on display inside the Cabarrus Art Guild.

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10 Ways the Cabarrus Arts Council Supports Local Artists

Ever wonder how the Cabarrus Arts Council supports local artists in our community? Here are 10 ways:

10. Our current exhibition, Capturing Light, features ClearWater Artist Studios artist Paul Keysar. Paul has an entire gallery dedicated to his landscape paintings in the show. Check out his work in the Lockavitch Gallery.

9. Got talent? The Listening Room welcomes local singers, dancers and other creatives onto the Davis Theatre stage. Our next show is May 11th.

8. We’re proud to use local graphic designers, Purple Star Graphics and Sublmnl Design for our signs, posters and printed publications.

7. In 2015-2016, we exhibited the works of 822 artists through Art Walks in Concord, Harrisburg and Kannapolis.

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Dancing for the Arts Raises Over $51,000

Oh what a night!!! This community is impressive.

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Think about it:
+12 people, very busy people, learned dance routines and rehearsed them in all of their "spare time."
+10 professional dancers chose music, choreographed dances, and turned non-dancers into dancers.
+ 11 people planned, organized and executed an amazing pre-party and post-party to make the evening a spectacular event.
+26 people took their places to make sure the event went smoothly
+3 individuals lent their expertise to judge the dances
+1 person served as emcee with incredible wit and showbiz elan
+1 person planned, envisioned and executed incredible lights, sound and video effects
+ 230 people filled the seats to support their friends
+many, many people voted for weeks leading up to the show
+25 board members promoted and supported the event
+8 arts team members coordinated, organized, promoted, stage managed, and counted votes

Working together for something greater than ourselves brings us such satisfaction, doesn't it? People discover a deep comraderie doing something together that benefits others.

Last night the energy was electric! The enthusiasm was high! From beginning to end was a true work of art, from the food and tent and decorations, to the spectacular show, to the dancing under the stars to the music by a great deejay.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of these giving individuals. On the heels of a brutal election season it fills my heart to be a part of such joyful occasion.

Thank you for caring deeply for our community. The arts bring us together and help us see each other in a way that embraces our differences.

You raised $51,000 for the arts in our wonderful community! #dancingforthearts2016 #cabarrusartscouncil #yayart

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