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The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community October 23, 2007

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Raleigh Arts Commission Town Hall Meeting

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Quail Ridge Books & Music, in partnership with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, is hosting a town hall meeting on the arts, entitled “The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community.” The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Quail Ridge Books, located at 3522 Wade Ave. in the Ridgewood Shopping Center.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring arts leaders from the community representing different disciplines. Panel members will include North Carolina writer Sally Buckner; Chandra Cox, chair of North Carolina
State University’s Art & Design Department; North Carolina Symphony Conductor William Curry; Robert Galbraith, an opera director; Bob Rankin, a well known painter; and Tyler Walters, a dance expert with Carolina Ballet. The panel discussion will be moderated by Clay Stalnaker, retired professor of philosophy at N.C. State. Introductory remarks will be offered by Brian Starkey, chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

“Creative arts must challenge and shape the soul of our community,” said Mr. Stalnaker. “To do this, their deepest significance must be articulated, imaginations must be sparked, ways of thinking refined, and biases tested.”
The panelists will be contributing to this examination of the arts. All attendees of the town hall meeting will be allowed to participate in the discussion.

For more information, contact Rene Martin, events coordinator with Quail Ridge Books & Music, at 828-7912 or email qrbRene@aol.com.

Established in 1977, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the Commission’s myriad activities encourage, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City.


1. B. Phillip Smith - October 24, 2007

I just moved to Raleigh a couple months ago and thought I’d attend this event to try to get an idea of how the arts fit into the Raleigh community. Having heard about it from this blog and knowing there to be plenty of young, creative people in the triangle area, I was really surprised that at 30 years old, I appeared to be by far the youngest person in the room, except for a university student that seemed to stumble in accidentally.

I am aware of the possibility of ageism on my part, but the meeting seemed indicative of a generational schism in the art community here. Beyond mere age, discussions seemed to revolve around a very conservative view of The Arts as a disappearing species, and how best to preserve and promote it.

There were of course plenty of interesting comments and ideas from the panel and audience (even if many of them seemed a bit self-centered). It seems clear that architecture is a hot button issue (has McMansion made word of the year yet?). Chandra Cox seemed to be the only one that GOT the point of the meeting, though, trying hard to elicit feedback about what KIND of creative community people wanted to see, but getting little reaction.

Last minute panelist Chuck Davis made a good point in the context of continuing the dialog, saying that the community where the meeting was held was just one community, and that efforts should be made to expand or reproduce such dialog in other communities. Of course, ideally, you could find a way to cross-pollinate these communities and force them to interact.

I wish I had been settled in and aware of Sparkcon to be able to provide a counter-example to this meeting. Oh well, maybe next year.

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