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—Article by David Menconi Orange County figures prominently in my new book, Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk – and not just because it’s being published by University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill. A lot of… Read More →
—Article by Emilie Menzel Soteria Shepperson and Emily Baxter understand the transformative power of putting language and visibility into action. They’ve both spent their lives helping others speak up and be seen, showing up in particular for justice-impacted communities. Emily is a criminal defense lawyer turned public policy advocate turned activist photographer. She’s also the founder… Read More →
QUESTIONS? Check out this slideshow or check out this video of our informational meeting! The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. As a result, the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), as the Designated County Partner with the… Read More →
The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2020-21 Grassroots Arts Program and Artist Project Grants. The OCAC awarded thirty-four grants to eighteen artists and fifteen nonprofit organizations totaling $45,033. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on local school systems, Grassroots Arts Program Grants for schools were postponed and will… Read More →
WHUP announced today that half the proceeds from its annual fall fundraiser will be donated to support Orange County musicians who have been most affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Proceeds from the WHUP 50/50 Event, which will run October 12-18, will be funneled through the Orange County Arts Commission’s Arts Support Fund and go directly… Read More →
In light of COVID-19, the 4th annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out has gone virtual, and statewide! The Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council are excited to kick off Paint it NC Plein Air Paint-out starting Wednesday, October 7 and running through Tuesday, October 13. The annual fundraising event will culminate… Read More →