Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are essential to our quality of life! They enrich the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking. It builds focus, perseverance, confidence, and nurtures creativity. Cultural awareness increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people. Projects that include music, dance, theatre, or a cultural experience, can be both traditional and innovative.

There are countless ways to support arts & culture awareness; invite local musicians to a club meeting, donate tickets to a local performance, plan a trip to a local gallery or festival, or host an international dinner. Additional project ideas to consider:

  • Support your GFWC-NC District and State Arts festivals.
  • Sponsor Youth Art Month activities in March.
  • Discover art, drama, or music courses available in your community and plan a club outing to participate in a class.
  • Research American or International dance as an art form and create an awareness project or consider performing for your club or other groups.
  • Provide artwork and help decorate a reading nook at the library, a local laundromat, or other location in your community.
  • Establish scholarships for art, literature, drama, or music.
  • Teach a lesson about your cultural heritage to students, include information about the food and provide samples.
  • Work with your Chamber of Commerce and/or Tourist Commission to create a map of your community with pictures/drawings and descriptions of historic sites, monuments, and points of interest.
  • Make homemade holiday cards for nursing home residents or Meals on Wheels recipients.

STATE ARTS FESTIVAL

Clubs from around the state bring student and clubwoman crafts, visual arts and photography to the annual State Arts Festival. The festival is held annually in March. Information can be found in the GFWC-NC Arts Festival Brochure.

ARTFEST

The GFWC-NC Artfest contest is held each year at the State Arts Festival. The purpose is to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of North Carolina’s developmentally disabled citizens, particularly in the five North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Centers. The contest focuses on the elements of Life, Liberty, and Happiness and more information can be found in the GFWC-NC Arts Festival Brochure.

HISTORY

1932 – Assisted in launch of the North Carolina Symphony.
1963 – First state to endow a Chair for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
1967 – First Arts Festival held outside of Convention.
1985 – Whitener Piano Scholarship instituted for high school seniors pursuing a music degree.
1989 – Organized Artfest-An arts and crafts competition for mentally and physically challenged North Carolina citizens.
2002 – Established the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Creative Writing Student Award at Salem College which is presented in honor of a North Carolina female writer.

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