Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
I couldn’t focus attention on a month of local arts without mentioning a very integral non-profit organization in our community, Triangle ArtWorks. Their tagline, “Making Arts Work in the Triangle” seems uncomplicated and direct. However, the mission of the organization, “to provide the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region of North Carolina” is quite complex and challenging. When I meet people who are new to the Triangle and wish to learn more about the local arts scene, Triangle ArtWorks is at the top of my list of recommendations.
I should disclose here that I’ve volunteered with Triangle ArtWorks in the past and I’ve witnessed how this organization innovates to connect across diverse art disciplines, promoting our region and working to ensure that it is “one in which creative people are not only appreciated for their work, but paid for their work and considered a valid, important economic segment.” That task isn’t so easy for a region as diverse as ours. Achieving the goal takes a great deal of time from the organization’s leader and volunteers.
One of the current projects Triangle ArtWorks is working on is the expansion of their Pop-Up Tool Kit for use beyond the Triangle, a project that will help raise funds. Tonight (May 5th) the organization is one of the charities selected to participate in Fox Liquor Bar’s Peoples Cocktail. Fox bartenders have created a special cocktail they’re calling the Scarlet Witch. Profits from the sale of that cocktail, as well as a portion of other sales and tips, will be donated to Triangle ArtWorks. It’s a fun way to support the organization and enjoy a great cocktail. So make a date for the evening and find a comfy spot at the bar, then raise a glass to the arts.