We are building out our summer programming and have at least two facilities available from which to teach. We would love to enrich the community through arts education!
General Art Classes or Workshops: If you are interested in teaching classes or workshops of any kind, please look at your schedule, consider which format is best for you, and your target age demographic, and fill out our form.
Teen/Youth programming: We would love to form a youth art community group. This group would get to explore all the facets of the art world here in Watauga County and beyond. We might have them tackle a mural project as well. We are seeking people who would like to help provide art experiences to this age group. We could do workshops or artist talks, demonstrations, backstage invites to shows, etc.
Special Needs Art Classes: We are currently considering offering some art classes for people with autism or other disabilities. It takes a special kind of teacher to be able to handle this type of class. If you have experience and a heart to serve people with autism or other exceptionalities, please reach out.
Spanish Speaking Art Classes: If you speak Spanish and love to teach art, we need you. We would love to open our doors to more minorities. Breaking down the language barrier can be a key step to making this happen.
Trauma-Sensitive Classes/art groups: We understand that Art can be a powerful tool for helping someone who has overcome traumatic experiences. If you have experience teaching classes with this special focus in mind, please reach out.
Music Instructors: If you have experience teaching music and are passionate about advancing this art form in the High Country, please reach out.
YOU are Needed! We are seeking to energize the Arts in Watauga County. In order to do so, we need to have a strong body of people who are committed to this mission! Here are a few areas where we could use some help:
General Help: If you are interested in helping with any of our initiatives but just don’t want to commit to a specific committee yet - we need warm bodies to help execute some of our plans. General help might include - helping around the office, teacher assistance, gallery/retail sitting, representing us at a booth for Art in the Park or the farmers market, etc.
Volunteer Organizer: We could really use help managing volunteers. If you have strong administrative skills and like working with schedules and communication, this would be a great way for your to contribute.
40-year anniversary helper: Help us filter through some of our file boxes, photos, and more and find constructive ways to showcase our rich history.
Donor Management, Fundraising Support, grant writing: We need help jump-starting our donor program. Preferably someone who has worked in nonprofits and understands how to tap into diverse revenue sources. We also need fundraising-minded people to join us with out-of-the-box thinking to help us raise capital in order to sustain our organization moving forward. This has been severely overlooked throughout the past 10 years and we need to get back on track in order to survive!
Communications Leader: We could really use someone who is skilled in marketing and communications to join our team and assist our director in communication efforts. We have a lot of initiatives we want to push, it can often be too much for the Director to try to facilitate on her own, someone with this experience would be greatly appreciated! Interns would help do the busy-work, you would help facilitate, strategize and connect dots.
Administrative Support: We could use someone who works well in an office setting who can help with filing, thank you letters, sending emails, donor management software etc.
King Street Art Collective Leader: This person will be our lead point person for the King Street Art Collective. They will help facilitate the work of the gallery and programming committees for this space. They will help organize/lead committee meetings to ensure our schedule is understood and being implemented. This volunteer will have the help of a dedicated intern and other volunteers.
Gallery Committee: We need a gallery chairperson to lead the committee. We would also love to build a strong team of gallery volunteers. Some of our previous volunteers have done it for many years and are ready to slow down. These volunteers will help facilitate gallery exhibitions at KSAC and other community galleries. Communicating with the artists, creating labels and artist statements for the exhibits, transporting and hanging shows according to set deadlines. This group will work with the communications committee to ensure detailed information and promotion about shows are being released.
Programming: We are building our team of programming-minded people. If you have great ideas for events, art classes, workshops, or community programming - we want to hear from you. We are seeking people who to help strategize and implement arts enrichment in the community. Outside the box thinkers welcome. Detail-oriented people- yes, please!
In May 2017, 400 members of the Watauga County community came together to learn about the impacts of trauma and resilience on health, wellness, and opportunities. At first centered around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the group has expanded their scope to include various forms of trauma and the lifetime impacts, such as higher rates of mental disorders, limited opportunities, and health problems, including a possible shortened life expectancy of up to 20 years. The experience was so profound and impactful that a grassroots organization was formed called the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative. Prior to COVID, about 80 people from more than 40 organizations and groups met monthly to work on awareness, data, events, policies, and prevention. Since COVID, members have met by Zoom to continue this very important work. You can learn more about them at wataugacci.org.
Since the kick-off event in 2017, yearly conferences have continued to happen, with the last conference held in 2019 hosting a record 600 people. The 2020 conference was canceled due to COVID.
With the cancellation of the 2020 conference, another event sprung up called the WCCI Wednesday Conversations. The lead of WCCI, Denise Presnell, started this event in August 2020 as a way to keep WCCI and the trauma and resilience work in people’s consciousness on a more regular basis. Happening weekly on Wednesdays at noon, the hour is spent talking with service providers or people with trauma backgrounds about the impacts of trauma and resilience, how people and events change the trajectory of people’s lives, and how we create and maintain wellness.
As Denise shared her own high rate of childhood trauma and the factors that led to her healing, she connected with others with trauma experiences on the Wednesday Conversations. Through discussions with these folks and others, the concept of the “Faces of ACEs, Thriving Lives” series was born. Folks who are open to it share how childhood trauma impacted their lives and how their resilience and support systems helped them overcome their trauma experiences. As planning for the WCCI 2021 Virtual Conference took shape, an idea developed for the people involved with the “Faces of ACEs, Thriving Lives” series to contribute to the conference in a different way.
About the Exhibit
Most of the people from the “Faces of ACEs, Thriving Lives” series use art and words as part of their resilience and healing. Working with the Watauga Arts Council, they decided to do an exhibit with art they had created, titled Art After ACEs: An Exhibit presented by the WCCI Faces of ACEs, Thriving Lives series and the Watauga Art Council. Participants include Kat Dolan, Jordan Edmisten, Mollie Furman, Mary McKinney, Brooke Penley, Seleste Penley, Denise Presnell, Grace Presnell, and Ashley Wurth. The exhibit will run the week before the conference, the week of the conference, and the week after the conference (April 12-26). It will be held at Cheap Joe’s Art Supply, Monday-Friday 10 am - 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am- 5 pm. Admission is free. Enter through the retail store.
WCCI embraces a vision for Watauga County to be a relationship-driven, compassionate, and resilient community that is knowledgeable, inspired, and empowered to prevent harm, promote well-being, and heal from adversity. To heal from the abuses of the past and the present, implementing change requires individuals, families, communities, and systems to address historical trauma and eradicate racism. WCCI supports the worldwide demand for racial justice and commits to doing the work to embrace and support anti-racist policies and practices within our organizations and community.
The mission of WCCI is to promote health and resiliency in our community and to effectively prevent, recognize, and treat trauma by creating safe, stable, nurturing environments and relationships through education, advocacy and policy change.
Saturday, April 24th, 5 to 8 pm
Sunday, April 25th, 11 am to 2 pm
Artists looking to donate their wares can drop off their items at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace building at 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC 28607, from now through April 23rd, 2021. Hours of operation are M-F 9 am-5 pm. Call if needed: 828-264-1789.
Potters, get to your wheels. Empty Bowls is Back!
*Watauga County, North Carolina
Empty Bowls is Back! Watauga High School, Watauga County Arts Council, and the Hunger and Health Coalition Partner to bring back a beloved community event
The Watauga Arts Council is teaming up with the Watauga High School Art Department and the Hunger and Health Coalition to host Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is an annual fundraising event organized by the High School art department. Proceeds of Empty Bowls go to the Hunger and Health Coalition - a large-scale local food pantry serving High Country residents who struggle with food insecurity.
For the first time since its inception in 2001, Watauga High School Empty Bowls had to be canceled in 2020. "Because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic, an event at the high school was not plausible and we were searching for possibilities to continue with the spirit of the event”, says Brett McDonough, High School Ceramics Teacher. "Our event is built 100% on donations from generous local potters, restaurant owners, and artists. We were sensitive to even ask for donations due to the challenges many have faced this year. So, when Amber, the Director of the Watauga County Arts Council, reached out offering to help we were thrilled”, shares Dacia Trethewey, Watauga High School art teacher.
Bob Meyers of Doe Ridge Pottery contacted Amber to let her know that Empty Bowls had been canceled again. “I knew Amber wanted to use the Arts Council to support the community and this seemed like a good fit. Empty Bowls is a fantastic event that people look forward to; it was really missed last year.”
As the pandemic continued and many families in our community struggled to make ends meet, the Hunger and Health Coalition stayed open to ensure that our residents would have steady access to healthy foods. “Being a consistent and reliable resource for our neighbors in need has never been more important. We know that providing nutritious foods helps our community stay healthy and keeps their immune systems strong. We are honored to partner with this passionate group of local artists to bring back such a beloved event!”, shares Elizabeth Young, Hunger and Health Coalition Executive Director.
“This has been such a tough year for so many people. I can’t think of a better way to lift spirits and encourage our residents”, said Amber Bateman, director of the Watauga Arts Council. “We feel so blessed to have the Blue Ridge ArtSpace and King Street Art Collective and want these spaces to be used for collaborative, creative purposes. We hope to see more of this in the future.”
The Arts Council can offer structure and support to help facilitate this fundraising event. “Offering this to our friends at the High School and to the Hunger and Health Coalition while also inspiring creativity for our potters is the perfect way to showcase the spirit that makes the High Country so special,” Amber added.
Empty Bowls* will be a simplified version of our traditional Empty Bowls. While we can’t offer the full soup-eating, social experience, we can offer beautiful bowls and t-shirts designed by Asa Markus, a senior at Watauga High School. Businesses who might want to sponsor this event are encouraged to reach out to the Arts Council.
The event will be on Saturday, April 24th, 5 to 8 pm, and Sunday, April 25th, 11 am to 2 pm at the King Street Art Collective located at 585 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607, just above Doe Ridge Pottery. This year, ticketholders will be able to drop in to choose a locally-made bowl, listen to a live band, and check out the App State Senior Design Showcase.
**Please note that due to the pandemic, Soup will not be served this year. To best keep our patrons safe, we are offering two different days and various pick-up times.
To volunteer to help with this event, please go to our website and fill out a volunteer form and write Empty Bowls in the comment section of the registration form. For more information, contact the Watauga County Arts Council at 828-264-1789.
App State's 20th annual Diversity Celebration will be held April 8–9 with a mix of virtual and in-person events. The Diversity Celebration features a wide array of music, eclectic dancing, delectable food, international films, and festivals.
Appalachian students, faculty, staff, K-12 schools, and members of the local community are all invited to join in this celebration of cultures through art and entertainment. This celebration provides a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures, and values are accepted, appreciated, and celebrated.
The event also supports and enhances the university’s commitment to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation and world.
This program is funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Thursday, April 8
6–7:15 p.m. Performance by Paul Tran, the award-winning slam poet, and author. This is a virtual event, and registration is required.
Friday, April 9
9–11 a.m. Various virtual sessions.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Diversity Celebration Festival on Sanford Mall, featuring DJ Trellz, special diverse menus at the food trucks, museum displays, dance lessons, and more.
2–2:50 p.m. Virtual session.
3–4:30 p.m. Creative writing/poetry workshop with Paul Tran, award-winning slam poet and author: Toward Freedom: Reimagining the myth we tell about ourselves
Participants in this generative writing workshop will read “Autobiography of Eve” by the poet Ansel Elkins. “I did not fall from grace,” Eve says. “I charged toward freedom.” We will write and share our own “Autobiography of...” poems, and in doing so, will talk about the myths constructed about us and how, from the classroom to the workplace, we reinforce or subvert these myths.
7:30 p.m. Drive-in movie night at State Farm Parking Lot, featuring “Zootopia.” Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
April 13, 20, 27: Launch Your Artist's Website
Tuesdays 2-3 PM
Learn how to easily set up your first website! No fumbling through buttons and templates, now wasted hours working on something only to realize you did it wrong.
This can save you valuable time and tons of money. Website designs cost anywhere from $3000 or more. You can learn to design your own website with the help of an experienced professional, in the comfort of your home.
This website building program will give artists an online foundation that they can build their artist's business on. In three hour-long sessions, launch your artist’s website.
Build your home page, about page, contact page and art portfolio, with my step-by-step guidance.
This event will take place over Zoom. The program will be a series of three sessions each 60 minutes long.
About the instructor: Sophia Ojha, a Squarespace Authorized Trainer, and Web Designer will give you a live demonstration on starting a new website specifically for artists, photographers, and creatives of all kinds. If you’ve wanted an easy to use website to showcase your work and eventually, sell your work online (shop covered in workshop 2), then this workshop is for you.
May 11, 18, 25: Sell Your Art Online
Tuesdays 2-3 PM
You have a basic website, now what? Sell!
After you have built your website, you can begin to sell your creations in an e-shop, hold workshops and create a commissions page to get commissions for custom art. This event will take place over Zoom.
This will be the next level program which gives the artists an online shop where they can sell their prints, originals and get commissions to do custom art. The program will be broken down into three sessions.
In order to take this workshop, you must have either completed the Launch Your Artist’s Workshop or have a current Squarespace website already.
Jump into the Craft Your Commerce Spring Workshop Series: The Craft of Selling.
This spring, Mountain BizWorks Craft Your Commerce workshops are focusing on The Craft of Selling. We have all learned that 2020 threw us a curveball that no one saw coming and those creative and craft based businesses that had diverse revenue streams are the ones who were able to pivot, grow their sales, and meet their customers’ needs most easily.
This series of workshops will explore a variety of skill development that will help you gain an understanding of how to create sales strategies, develop diverse revenue streams, and sell without having to feel “salesy.” Join us for this series of workshops where we are bringing in guest presenters who are subject matter experts in their field, exposing you to new ideas, and helping you find innovation and comfort in selling your products.
We are offering these workshops at Pay What You Wish (PWYW) prices, so get your tickets today before seats sell out! Craftyourcommerce.com.
March 17 from 2 – 4 pm - Selling With Intention: Creating Long Term Customer Relations With Digital Strategy
This workshop features presenter Casey Nifong, who has multiple years of experience in industries that focus on organic products, sustainability, and investing in the future of our world. It is an introduction to creating long term relationships with your customers through building an intentional digital strategy. This session will dive into how to approach building beautiful relationships (ideally turning customers into friends) through your digital channels like market research, brand messaging, and online engagement that then leads to brand loyalty. The workshop will be held over Zoom.
March 24 from 2 - 4 pm- Beyond Sales Funnels: How to Automate Customer Relations to Drive Sales
This class will feature presenter Julio Chavez, Strategic Executive at Copy Identity and nationally ranked corporate sales manager. In this presentation we’ll be taking those ideas and skills taught in Casey’s Digital Strategies workshop and covering how to easily create long lasting customer relationships by building a sales funnel that nurtures and makes sales on autopilot. Come learn the basics of all sales funnels, and then learn how to automate them so you spend LESS time cultivating your customers, but have more sales! This is sure to be a fun and interactive workshop helping you grow your sales without being “salesy.” This course will be held over Zoom.
March 31 from 2 – 4 pm- The Power of Being Niche: Creating Growth While Narrowing Your Customer Base
This class will feature moderator Sarah Benoit, co-founder and lead instructor of the JB Media Institute, a digital marketing school, and President of Creative Original, Inc., a small business web design and consulting firm. Ever hear the saying “if you are marketing to everyone, you’re marketing to no one?” This is because most seasoned sales and marketing people know money is made when real relationships are strong. One of the ways you can build loyalty, repeat business, referrals, trust, and cash flow is to focus on a niche market. Niches don’t limit your business, they help you establish credibility in the marketplace. Over time you can expand to new niches that are the right fit for your products and services, and create long lasting growth. Want to learn more? Join us for this expert panel and learn from successful businesses that operate in a niche market. Come find out how to build your next growth strategy. This class will be held over Zoom.
April 2 from 2 – 4 pm- Partner Marketing Made Easy: Low Tech Ways to Sell Online
This workshop will feature presenter Derrick Duplessy, Founder of the Duplessy Foundation. He will demonstrate how to sell products online person to person – without complicated technology. Professionals from Acceleration Partners (AP) will work directly with each attendee on how to implement these low tech sales strategies. AP works with companies like Warby Parker, Reebok, and adidas to implement these strategies. Presenter Derrick Duplessy is the founder of the Duplessy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to teaching the sales process to women, immigrants, and minority business owners. The workshop will be held over Zoom.
April 7th from 2 - 4 pm- Creating Your Brand Story: How Your Brand Story Can Sell for You
This workshop features presenter Alyssa Phillips, owner of Amp’d Designs. The workshop is an introduction to branding and how it can help your business grow. Together we’ll review different aspects that make up a brand, why these aspects are important, how to build your own brand story, and how to use it to market and sell your products or services. A worksheet and discussion will accompany the presentation. This event will be held over Zoom.
March 15 - April 12, 6 - 8 pm (meets every Monday for 5 weeks)- Crafting Commerce Cohert (C3) Labs
Facilitated by Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Craft Your Commerce Project Manager. This 5-week cohort experience will aid existing makers and creative entrepreneurs in integrating learnings and skills from the workshops series into their business practices. Join a group of your cohorts and analyze all aspects of your business, identify where you could improve your business, and implement the ideas shared in each workshop.
These Live Labs are held throughout the workshop series. They are intended to answer any questions that you have after the workshops, help you implement any skills and ideas you learned, and get feedback from both the facilitator and your cohorts. Finally in this class you will develop 3 goals you want to achieve in your business and create an implementation plan to achieve those goals. The labs are held over Zoom.
Craft Your Commerce is led by Mountain BizWorks in partnership with Center for Craft and UNC Asheville and with funding by the Windgate Charitable Foundation to support professional crafters, makers and creative businesses in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
BOONE, NC - On Saturday, March 13 from 5 pm to 7 pm, the Watauga Arts Council is hosting a “Meet the Artist” reception at the King Street Art Collective, in downtown Boone. This reception is the last chance to see the incredible artwork of the “For the Love of Art” exhibit and meet the artists.
Artists in attendance include: Lindsay Carrol, Patrick Richardson, Michael and Renee Askew, Tommy Lee, and John Bond. Amber Bateman, Executive Director of the Watauga Arts Council, will also be in attendance. The reception in this large gallery space will follow all COVID-19 guidelines. This event will conclude their popular February/March art exhibit which focused on life, love, and connection.
Don’t miss your chance to meet the artist and enjoy an evening of good company, art and live music, this Saturday, March 13th, from 5 pm - 7 pm. The final days to view the exhibit are Thursday and Friday from 11 am - 5 pm, and on Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Appointments are available for community members who would like a private viewing of the art.
The exhibit depicts these connections through a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, mixed media with collage, watercolor, marble, wood, and more. Julie Davis, the Watauga Arts Council Gallery Chair shared why she appreciates this exhibit, “Artists are some of the most courageous people. Talking about love and sharing your deepest feelings are not easy things... but artists share what they care about most through their art. This exhibit showcases incredible talent and also depth.” Artists featured are Gary and Ann Thompson Nemcosky, Michael and Renee Askew, Lori Hill, Sir Tom Foolery, John Bond, Patrick Richardson, Brad Gates, Marion Cloaninger, and Lindsay Carroll.
King Street Art Collective is a project of the Watauga Arts Council. The King Street Art Collective is located at 585 West King Street, across from the Jones House and above Doe Ridge Pottery. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday by calling the Watauga Arts Council office, 828-264-1789.
Boone, NC- The Appalachian Theatre has unique film screenings lined up for the month of February. These events include post-film discussions with prominent North Carolina filmmakers. The screenings are presented by The Appalachian Theatre’s new year-round film series, Boone Docs. This series provides a unique lens to view the world through. Boone Docs showcases unique and emerging filmmakers throughout the world and celebrates creative film.
FEBRUARY FILM SCREENINGS:
Tuesday February 16th at 6 p.m: The Appalachian Theatre presents Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story. Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse. Before she died in 1973, she had hiked the Appalachian Trail several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. The documentary film is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Bette Lou Higgins. This screening is an Appalachian State University Forum Lecture Series event in partnership with Boone Docs. The event is virtual. Tickets are free.
Link to trailer:
Sunday February 21st at 3 p.m: The Appalachian Theatre presents Thumbs Up For Mother Universe! This film is a 95-minute documentary about the life and work of Alabama visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley. Lonnie Holley has been described as a poet, a prophet, a hustler, a visionary artist, and a shaman. The 67-year old Holley has overcome grinding poverty, Jim Crow, and a nightmare childhood to emerge as a creative powerhouse with an agenda to save the planet. This film has much to say about the roles of race and social class in the American South. The film is followed by a discussion with Tommy Nichols, founder of the Charlotte Black Film Festival, Director George King, and Lonnie Holley. The event is virtual. Tickets are free.
Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt-X0234jI0&feature=youtu.be
We hope you will enjoy these unique screening events from the App Theatre and Boone Docs. Southern Circuit short films are made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts Program. The program is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
BOONE, NC — The Schaefer Center Presents (SCP) virtual performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, features one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, BalletX, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8pm. This specially curated broadcast of Philadelphia’s premier ballet company includes an introduction by BalletX co-founder Christine Cox, the BalletX 15th Anniversary Season documentary film, and two of the company’s popular mixed rep selections, “Increasing” and “Fancy Me.” The documentary was commissioned from filmmaker Daniel Madoff, and highlights the company’s growth, trajectory and continued commitment to redefining ballet in the 21st century. The SCP virtual event is free, but registration is required.
Figuring out how to effectively deliver dance to a virtual platform — while still maintaining a visceral connection to the dance audience — was difficult enough, but celebrating an anniversary season in the middle of a global pandemic? That posed a new set of challenges, says Cox. So instead of thinking small and insular, Cox and company decided “to go big and bold, by commissioning 15 new works in honor of our 15th anniversary season,” she said. “The entire team at BalletX bonded together to do whatever it took to make it work. … I knew we had a long hard road ahead of us when making the decision to pivot the company to the virtual presentation of our work. I also had an intense sense of duty to do whatever it took to keep on supporting the dancers, staff and artists we had commissioned.”
The experience of creating the documentary was a game-changer for the entire creative team, Cox said. In addition to recognizing that they “are far more resilient than [they] thought, we learned that this art form is a lifeline for not only us but for our growing community, [and] we learned that working together and caring for each other really do matter. Each dancer took on new aspects of the job, like creating dances, making films, developing editing skills and learning how to fundraise. The dancers also greatly appreciated the fact that we were able to keep working and instead of losing their jobs they gained perspective and insight into what it takes to keep a company alive during a worldwide pandemic.”
The Feb. 25 virtual event precedes BalletX’s scheduled in-person performance with the SCP series in Spring 2022, when the company will take the Schaefer Center stage to perform the beloved story ballet The Little Prince. And while BalletX’s virtual journey has been affirmative and fulfilling, the dancers look forward to the day when they can perform to a live house once again.
“The dancers have been at the heart of our pivot as a company,” said Cox, “because instead of dragging their feet and being annoyed at all the new things we were asking them to do, they embraced the challenges and brought new ideas. [But they] cannot wait to be back performing live for an audience. We are in it for the long haul and cannot wait to have the energy and spirit out in the house of a real theater.”
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, whose dancers were named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen) while “positioning Philadelphia on the cutting edge of contemporary ballet” (The Dance Journal).
Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX is led by Cox, whose tenure as Artistic and Executive Director has produced 84 world premiere ballets by 42 choreographers, a record “few companies can match,” according to The New York Times. Under Cox’s leadership, BalletX has been hailed as an “epicenter of creation” (Dance Magazine) and “place of choreographic innovation” (The New Yorker), putting Philadelphia on the map as an international destination for contemporary ballet.
The BalletX presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs at Appalachian State University.
March 11 at 8pm: Steep Canyon Rangers
A livestream event brought to you straight from the stage of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
Asheville, NC's own Steep Canyon Rangers are GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin.
March 25 at 8pm: Best of the Appalachian Dance Ensemble
This digital compilation, a best-of showcase of student performances in App State's Dept. of Theatre & Dance, features popular works from faculty choreographers.
Thank you to our SPC sponsors:
The Horton Hotel, Creekside Electronics, Boone Tourism Development Authority, Our State Magazine, Spectrum Reach, High Country Radio, WDAV 89.9 FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.
**The 2020-21 Schaefer Center Presents season is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org
About “The Schaefer Center Presents”
“The Schaefer Center Presents” is a series offering campus and community audiences a diverse array of music, dance and theatre programming designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the Appalachian State University campus and surrounding area. By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a "window on the world" through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists; and showcases some of the finest artists of our nation and our region. Musical events range from symphony orchestra and chamber music performances to jazz, folk, traditional, international, and popular artists. Theatre productions run the gamut from serious drama to musical comedy. Dance performances offer an equally wide array of styles, from ballet to modern dance to international companies representing cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, visit http://theschaefercenter.org.
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