The Brunswick Arts Council
The Brunswick Arts Council’s Board of Directors is committed to provide quality arts-related experiences and opportunities for all of Brunswick County’s culturally diverse residents. To accomplish this each committee works autonomously within the genre while collectively creating targeted programs for the benefit of Brunswick County residents.
ARTS PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Literary Arts-seeks to enrich lives through the creative expression of thoughts and feelings through the written word. In addition, emphasis is placed on mentoring young writers into published authors of all mediums through education and practical experience.
Brunswick Arts Council has partnered with The SoundHouse in Shallotte to create an ongoing “BAC Outloud” series on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Beginning in March 18, 2020 come between 6-9 pm to 3610 Express Dr in Shallotte to perform your work , poetry, music, story telling, songs outloud or to support someone who is. Great way to spend an evening creatively – inspire the youth and new artists in Brunswick County.
Poetry Writing Workshop on June 17 4pm -9pm. Join us at this special workshop as part of the BAC “OutLoud” series on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the SoundHouse in Shallotte. We are pleased to present this 5-hour poetry workshop taught by Phillip Shabazz exploring grief and it’s healing through the expression and creation of poetry. Open to 12 students (high-school through adults/silver-seniors), this class will be a powerful experience to work with a master craftsman and wordsmith. As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive, and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.
Visual Arts– seeks to promote, support, and participate in providing programs for the children, adults, and local organizations for the arts of Brunswick County that will encompass all forms of 2D and 3D visual arts. Each year the Brunswick Arts Council hosts a FALL Art Show – entry form and prospectus is available beginning July for the show in October. Each year the show is held in a different Brunswick County location, but is open to all residents. Awards, cash prizes and ribbons are given at the reception after an independent judging process.
Best of Sho Contact by Joyce Grazetti.
Congratulations to all our 2019 award winners:
FIRST PLACE 2D – BETTY GARBARINO – INVISABLE
FIRST PLACE 3D – KIMBERLY CAROON – TEAPOT
FIRST PLACE PHOTO -PAT GRANEY – CABIN
GERLOVEN MEMORIAL AWARD – RICHARD STAAT – CITY LIGHTS
OAK ISLAND ART GUILD AWARD – JUDY LEWIS – INTO THE BULLRUSHES
WATERWAY ART ASSOCIATION AWARD -NANCY GUIRY – MY THREE GRANDSONS
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS OF SOUTHPORT AWARD -ELOISE RANDOLPH – FLOWERS FOR YOU
Performing Arts – seeks to promote the performing arts in public schools and throughout Brunswick County. It provides workshops, directs theatrical productions and creates festivals in partnership with numerous local organizations for the arts. The division’s over riding goal is to entertain, enrich and educate Brunswick County residents of all ages through the performing arts. Programs, such as Dancing on Air may overlap with Multicultural Activities.
Dancing on Air is in it’s 4th season of offering free weekly dance classes to communities across the county. Spring of 2020, we are collaboratively working with Wilmington Ballet, Brunswick Ballet & Inspirations Dance Studio to offer weekly classes in Navassa (Monday evenings) and Cedar Grove (Wednesday evenings). Funding for this program is received from NC Arts Council, Brunswick County, Leland Rotary Club with donation of in-kind supplies and ballet shoes from Sancha.
Classes run in: 1) Navassa 6-8pm starting Monday, March 16 2020. Contact Shawnta’ Graham at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. at 910.880.3300; and 2) in Cedar Grove 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Contact Sandra Robinson at Cedar Grove Community Center, 1529 Turkey trap Rd SW at 910.880.3300
The Grants and Development’s primary goals are to (1) educate the artist community on how to apply for and receive grants for community projects, (2) evaluate the merits and overall community benefit of potential arts projects that could be sponsored by the Brunswick Arts Council and (3) plan for future arts needs of Brunswick County. Currently, BAC has two grant opportunities that it directly manages:
1) The Grassroots Arts Program is administered in accordance with current guidelines, policies, and requirements to ensure that every citizen has access to quality arts experience from NC Arts Council. This is an annual funding opportunity – see our grants page for more information. Deadline for applications is June 30.
2) The BAC Group Grants are administered quarterly – 4 times each year. Interested artists and Brunswick Organizations directly apply to BAC – maximum award is $625 per quarter. See our Grants page for more information.
3) The Regional Artists Grants are a collaboration among several SE NC County Arts Councils. We collective contribute funds and encourage applications from artists residing in our counties to apply for funds from this program. Awards are distributed annually each fall by New Hanover Arts Council.
STUDENT ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
In partnership with Brunswick County Schools, the Student Arts Education Division works in partnership with the Board of Education to increase awareness of the vital role the arts can play in teaching and learning by supporting school-level and countywide fine arts programs in various ways.
MULTICULTURAL ARTS PROGRAMS
The mission of the Multicultural Committee is to develop programs that will reach out to make a positive impact on minority residents and at-risk children, to search, and solicit membership in the BAC among minority communities, both organizational and individual, and to create awareness. Examples of programs include collaborative support for the Brunswick Intercultural Festival and the creation of Dancing on Air.