National Touring Productions of Struggle for Freedom and George Washington Carver and Friends to Perform for Local Schools

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, is visiting the area with their productions of Struggle for Freedom and George Washington Carver and Friends.  These performances are sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and will be held at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on February 6, 2013 for five local schools. Struggle for Freedom will be at 10:00 a.m. and George Washington Carver and Friends will be at 12:30 p.m.

Struggle for Freedom is a 45-minute production that seeks to honor the American Civil Rights Movement by celebrating key moments of the struggle.  Within this historical context, the life and work of Dr.  Martin  L.  King, Jr. provides the backdrop to scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth Sit-ins and much more. With excerpts of famous speeches, Civil Rights era songs and a variety of characters this moving production has been hailed as one of ‘the finest touring shows available for young audiences.’

George Washington Carver and Friends gives students a fast-paced and accessible introduction to many influential black Americans who have shaped our nation over the last 150 years. The lives and accomplishments of Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Madame C.J. Walker, and other famous leaders are brought to life in this empowering production.

Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,000 audiences annually with a variety of programs ranging from Heroes of the Underground Railroad to Aesop’s Fables. The company is committed to providing professional theatre to audiences at an affordable and all-inclusive rate. Information about all the interactive shows touring this season, including production videos, photos, study guides and more is available online at    For more information on George Washington Carver and Friends, Struggle for Freedom or Bright Star in general, please contact Bright Star Touring Theatre at (336) 558-7360.

The Jackson County Arts Council is accepting donations that will go toward these performances and bussing the students to and from these productions.   If you would like to make a donation or find out more information, please contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 507-9820, visit their website: or find them on Facebook:





NC Writers’ Network is still accepting submissions for the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is still accepting submissions for the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This annual award is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. The postmark deadline is January 30, 2013.

Ruth Moose will be the Final Judge. Moose served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Creative Writing Department from 1996-2010. She has published two collections of short stories, including Neighbors and Other Strangers (Main Street Rag), and four books of poetry. Individual stories have appeared in Atlantic, Redbook, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, and other places. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Stories about Teachers and Teaching. Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Prairie Schooner, Yankee, Christian Science Monitor, and other places. Recently, she was awarded a Chapman Fellowship to compile a work on North Carolina writers.

The 2013 guidelines are as follows:

Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30

* The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
* Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1″ margins, 12-pt. font).
* Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
* An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
* You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
* Entries will not be returned.
* The winner is announced each April.
* Send submission to:

Professor Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

Laurel Ferejohn of Durham, NC, won the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her story, “That Other Story.” Elizabeth Brownrigg, Kathryn Shaver, and Kermit Turner received Honorable Mentions.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development.

Jackson County Arts Council Grant Applications due January 20, 2013

The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for arts program grants for the fiscal year 2012-2013. The next grant applications deadline is January 20, 2013 for review in February at the Arts Council meeting.
 Application forms are available online at the Jackson County Arts Council Web site,  Program activities funded through these grants must be completed during the fiscal year. A grant report will be due within the month of program completion. The Grant report is online.
 The Jackson County Arts Council receives funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Jackson County government and from member contributions. The Grassroots Arts Grant Program funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are distributed by County population. Practitioners in any of the arts, as well as non-profit organizations, may apply for Arts Council funding. Colleges and universities may apply for funding if the proposed program will serve the broader countywide population. Public schools may apply if the proposed program supplements education in the arts. Qualified organizations such as theater groups, galleries, choruses, arts educators, and other non-profit organizations may apply for funding.
The Arts Council has provided many cultural enrichment programs in the schools, funds to the Community Chorus, the Civic Orchestra, the Visual Arts Association, the Dillsboro Pottery Festival, Green Energy Park for the Youth festival. The Council encourages applications that emphasize African American, Native American, Hispanic or Asian cultures.
Persons who plan to submit an application are advised to consult a representative of the Council for instructions and information. The application will be reviewed by the Board of Directors for funding decisions. The Board may request further clarification on any proposal. Even if the applicant has a proposal that may not qualify for Arts Council funding, the Council may suggest other sources of funding. The Jackson County Arts Council welcomes arts program proposals. For further information contact 828-507-9820.

Largest Juried Competition in Southeast: Call For Artists!

Carolina’s Got Art! has launched a call to artists to their annual juried arts competition.  Open to NC/SC artists only, $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winning artists.  Notable art critic, Lance Esplund, of Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, serves as 2013 juror.

CGA! accepts most mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, woven pieces, and ceramics.  Of the ten 2010 winners, five won prizes for sculpture or ceramic work.

If an artists’ work is chosen, CGA! will come to a city near you to pick up and drop off your work.  See their website for details.

Local Winner (2010):

–          Sondra Dorn, Asheville

–          Justin Webb, Elk Park

Entry Deadline: 3/15/13