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.
At the heart of any vibrant community is a center point, a source of inspiration for continuing creativity. That focal point for Carrboro has been The ArtsCenter. Since 1974, when founded by an entrepreneurial artist, the non-profit multi-disciplinary grassroots organization for teaching, exhibition and performance has served the public well. According to their data, The ArtsCenter is the largest employer of artists in Orange County, serving almost 90,000 people each year, and impacts the local economy substantially, generating the equivalent of 103 full time jobs and $301,000 in state and local tax revenue.
Aside from those important contributions, The ArtsCenter provides entertainment, from concerts representing the spectrum of musical genres by local, emerging and nationally touring artists to the annual 10 x 10 in the Triangle, an international festival of ten 10-minute plays. 10 x 10 returns this July (and ticket sales are open now!). Then there’s the ArtsSchool offering a wide variety of classes for students of all ages and all art backgrounds. Some of the classes offered include painting, cooking, dance, digital arts, drawing and design, health and healing arts, jewelry school, photography, sculpture and ceramics, theater, writing… just about anything you want to learn, they teach.
The future for The ArtsCenter looks exciting too, as proposed new building plans were revealed late last year (take a look at those plans here). If the proposed building looks familiar in design, it’s because the same architect behind Durham’s DPAC was tapped to design the new ArtsCenter building. Make sure you like the ArtsCenter on Facebook and follow along on Twitter to learn more about future plans and current performances at Carrboro’s center for creativity.