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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ubuntu choir will be performing on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the community room of the Jackson County library annex. This event is sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and is free to the public.
The Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains began in 2009 with the idea to gather as a group of friends to sing in harmony. There were twelve people who sang at the first official meeting. Currently there are 40 members. The mission of the group is to sing music from all around the world and from various musical traditions. Performance is not necessarily a goal for the group although some of the members occasionally perform together as the Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains under the direction of Tom Tyre. It could be said that the the group sings simply for the joy it brings them. The Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains is a member of the Worldwide Ubuntu Community Choir Network, headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Jackson County Arts Council will hold their annual membership meeting on Monday April 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at the Jackson County Library Complex. There will be a performance of “An Evening of Broadway” by board members Yona Wade and Rebecca Ensley and a short meeting followed by a light reception hosted by the Jackson County Arts Council board.
All members and potential members of the Jackson County Arts Council are invited to attend.
The Jackson County Arts Council is the Designated County Partner (DCP) for the North Carolina Arts Council.
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.