Artist Call Arts & Parts Runway Challenge

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Arts & Parts Fashion & Costume Runway Contest.  Adult/Senior entries and show will be at our Kentucky Derby Jubilee Fundraiser event at St. James Community Center May 6, 2022.  Youth entires show will be at our 2nd Annual Solstice by the SEA Festival June 18, 2022, at Middleton Park on Oak Island, NC.  This is for all ages, from child to adult.  Entry fee $25. Prizes- Adult $150 1st place, 2nd Ribbon, 3rd Ribbon. Senior $100 1st place, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon. Fascinator Hat $100 1st Place, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon. Entries may be limited or capped.  See for more

Link to Application

Link to Entry fee

The NEA Big Read Cape Fear

Thank you for your interest in The Big READ: Cape Fear.
Brunswick Arts Council is pleased to be the partner in this brand new project with 3 counties working together under an NEA Grant. Each year we will select a new book for the Big READ.
We are pleased to have as many Brunswick County resident who would like to participate.
The project  takes place from October 2021 to April 2022.
The House on Mango Street is the selected as the book.  FYI we are distributing 20 copies to each  of the 5 Brunswick County Libraries.  In addition other copies are being given to Senior Centers and for homeschool participants.  A total of 200 books will be given across  Brunswick County by BAC.
BAC will give:
- 5 books to each BCSD Middle School Library
- 4 tickets to each BCSD Middle School for the Meet the Author zoom Event on November 4 at Kenan Auditorium UNCW
- April 9 activity in Wilmington TBA
Action To Do:
After reading the book and if any teachers wish to incorporate this book into their curriculum…
1) Your school library can host a book discussion
2) We ask that your students create an original work  of art that “Interprets their community”
They may choose any desired Art form (visual, 3D, performance, writing/poetry, textile, dance, music).
These works can be showcased by Brunswick Arts Council in the spring 2022.
For art project completion submission to your library -March 31,2022
BAC will work with you to collect works & display into the community.
Please track the number of students who read & participate and provide to BAC.
Thank you for participating with Brunswick Arts Council and the first annual The Big READ:Cape Fear.
If there is a related activity you wish to suggest- by all means… we’d love to hear about it! This is a fluid, community project.


20th Annual BAC Fall Art Show

We are pleased to showcase the creativity of our  local Brunswick County Artists  at the 20th Annual BAC Fall Art Show.  Come see the two and three dimensional works - many of which are for sale. Support your neighbors, family and friends by coming to view their original artworks. Thank you to Phil Meade for his phenomenal judging skills at this year's event.

The Show will be held at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, so plan time to browse around and see all the additional works of arts & crafts by all of the artists in the Gallery.  Don't miss Richard Staat's work as the featured artist for the month of October. The Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM.


Exhibition Dates are:

Monday October 12 through Saturday, October 17, 2020

Due to Covid19, we will not be having an evening reception this year - however the Awards will be presented to the winners on Thursday, October 15, 2020, 4 to 5 PM.

For more information about other  volunteer opportunities for  the Fall Art Show, contact, Chairperson JoAnn Staat at



Brunswick Arts Council is seeking volunteers to help with our 20th Annual Art Show.  We are seeking Gallery Sitters.  Gallery Sitters are able to sit for 2.5 hours, to help greet visitors, provide information and help with sale of arts show works.  Dates we are looking for volunteers are: October 13 Noon-3 pm; October 15, 3-5 pm and  Oct 17, 10 am-12:30 pm. The Show will be held at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash.

To volunteer call/text Mary Beth at 910.448.1016 or email

For more information about other  volunteer opportunities for  the Fall Art Show, contact, Chairperson JoAnn Staat at

Got Talent?


Completed submissions are due by November 6, 2020. 

Are you a Brunswick County resident? Performers of all ages - send us your best routine. Entries must consist of one video clip performance - your choice - 1 song, 1 dance routine, 1 comedy routine, 1 poem, 1 skit, etc. to be self-filmed by you. Content must be wholesome available for viewers of all ages Nothing overtly explicit, demeaning or  graphic will be selected. You may complete & submit two separate entries. You will also submit a waiver allowing BAC to use the video clip on Website, FB & other social media, if selected. Entry Form: Click to download

Submit them along with waiver to BAC President Larry Johnson at: 

All performance entries will be juried and pre-selected, then combined into a  45 minute total showcase Holiday special and shown on social media as a part of Southport's Winterfest Celebration 2020 on December 19th.

Literary Workshop Healing Grief through Poetry with Phillip Shabazz

Join us for this workshop on August 11 at Shallotte Senior Resources Center (3620 Express Drive). 10 AM -3 pm. Lunch will be provided $25 BAC member/$40 non-member. Limit 8 people.  masks will be provided and social distancing will be observed. Date was moved from August 4th due to Hurricane.

Artist Call

Call for Artists for submission of entries to 20th Annual BAC Fall Art Show. Completed prospectus/applications are due September 19, 2020.  The show will take place at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, October 12 – 19, 2020.  We are pleased to announce this year’s judge is Phil Meade. Click here for the prospectus: 2020 BAC Show prospectus

Dancing On Air Classes Postponed

Dancing on Air Classes  in Navassa on Monday evenings and in Cedar Grove on Wednesday evenings have been postponed until the first week in May due to the Covid-19 Stay at Home announcement with NC Governor’s Announcement. These free weekly lessons are taught by US International Ballet dancers from Wilmington. Contact Sandra Robinson at Cedar Grove Community 1529 Turkey Trap Rd SW, Supply NC at 910.880.3300 or Shawnta’ Graham at Navassa Community Center 338 Main Street, Navassa at 910.471.7596 for more information about registration and class schedule.

This program is brought to you by Brunswick Arts Council in collaboration with the NC Arts Council, Community Wide CDC, US International Ballet of Wilmington, Inspirations Dance Centre, Leland Rotary.