Arts and culture are essential to our quality of life! The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking skills, builds focus and perseverance, and nurtures creativity, confidence, and collaboration. Cultural awareness promotes effective communication and profoundly increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people and experiences. Projects that include music, dance, theatre, or a cultural experience, can be both traditional and innovative. There are countless ways to support the arts and culture awareness.
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.
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.
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.