Category Archives: Free to public

Words on Work Celebration

The Jackson County Arts Council will be celebrating the artists who have had work featured in the Rotunda Gallery. Words on Works will also be a celebration of the art council’s 40th anniversary in Jackson County.  A selection of work from these artists will hang in the gallery during March and April. Writers in the community are encouraged to visit the gallery and write a poem or short piece about the work. The piece can be about a singular work or the the entire gallery. It could also be about what art means to this community.

To kick things off, the Jackson County Arts Council will sponsor a poetry writing workshop with poet Brent Martin on Saturday March 5th from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. The workshop is free and open to the public.  

The celebration will culminate on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. during the Jackson County Arts Council’s membership meeting. There will be a public reading for anyone who has a Words on Work piece to share. For more information contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 828-507-9820 or info@jacksoncountyarts.org.

September 29 – RAPG inforamtion session at Haywood Community College

The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through October 7, 2013. The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, etc., occurring between December 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

 There will be an informational session on Monday September 29, from at 5pm in room 7105 of the Creative Arts Building at Haywood Community College.  Amy Putansu, previous RAPG recipient and professor at HCC’s professional crafts program, will be leading a Q & A session for prospective applicants.  Applications and instructions will be available at this event; it is recommended that all new applicants attend. Those interested should RSVP by emailing the RAP-g manager at rapg@jacksoncountyarts.org.

Selected Prints : Matt Liddle on view now

Swirlization, pegboard print by Matt Liddle
Swirlization, pegboard print by Matt Liddle

The Jackson County Arts Council will be hosting a Coffee and Chocolate Reception and Gallery talk for artist Matt Liddle, Friday February 21, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Rotunda Gallery in the Historic Courthouse, Jackson County Library Complex. Matt will be talking about works in his exhibit, “Selected Prints,” now showing at the Rotunda Gallery through March 6, 2014. Continue reading

Images of Place and Time

The Jackson County Arts Council, The Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center and the Smokey Mountain High School art department is proud to present “Images of Place and Time”. This exhibit is currently on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the Jackson County Public Library Complex Gallery. The images were created by student from Cherokee Central Schools and Smokey Mountain High School and are on display in honor of Native American Heritage month.

Tyler Howe, Tribal Historic Specialist for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to speak Nov. 7

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, The Jackson County Arts Council will be sponsoring a presentation by Tyler Howe, Tribal Historic Specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians titled:  “[W]e are left to do the best we can for ourselves”: A discussion of Cherokee Self-determination During the Removal Period in Western North Carolina.

Thursday November 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library Annex.

Tyler Howe earned a MA from Western Carolina University in U.S. History / Cherokee Studies Track.  He has been the Tribal Historic Preservation Specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the Tribal Historic Preservation Office since 2005.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology, specifically Cultural Anthropology, from the University of Tennessee, Department of Anthropology.  His research interests are Cherokee culture and history, indigenous rights, identity, self-determination, displacement (internally and externally), human rights, legal repression, vulnerability, community formation.

This presentation is free to the public.