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The art of the pivot; looking back on 2020

The art of the pivot; looking back on 2020

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BFTA 2020

In June, eight teachers, artists, volunteers and community leaders shared through their personal stories how and why the arts are so valuable in our community. Their testimonials, beautifully shot and edited by Market Street Studios, were packaged as a benefit for the Cabarrus Arts Council that we called Breakfast in Bed for the Arts. A replacement for our annual in-person fundraiser, Breakfast for the Arts, this virtual version lives permanently on our website: http://bit.ly/2MdQR5z. Shown, from left, first row, is Tiffany Lassiter and Karen Cobb; second row, Adele Vensel, Grant Maginnis, Deb Reid and Noelle Rhodes Scott; and third row, Sandra Torres and Matthew Minchew.

For everyone on the planet, 2020 began as planned.

For us at the Cabarrus Arts Council, too. In January, February and the beginning of March, the Davis Theatre was packed with audiences who came to see The Black Market Trust, Jim Avett and Friends, Davina and the Vagabonds and Melinda Doolittle. The Galleries featured two exhibitions during those months: the final weeks of Clay: Woodfire NC eventually made way in February for Tone, a new exhibition of photography. Neither exhibition was lonely for visitors during those months. Guests also turned up for A Closer Look, our series that brings exhibition artists together with art admirers who want to learn more about them and their work.

In the Davis Theatre, Opera Xpress staged a production of The Ugly Duckling for young children. Families also gathered around the creation stations in The Galleries during two different Family Days. Art on Tap, our group 20-40 year olds held its annual Craft Beer and Clay event. Art Walk, though chilly, brought people into downtown to shop, dine and visit local makers on our front lawn.

And then COVID.

It’s probably not worth saying that 2020 is a year we would hesitate to repeat. It was a year of extreme sadness and anxiety. But the arts come in handy during times of extreme sadness and anxiety. And although we could not invite people into our physical galleries or theatre, we could get creative and still serve the community.

So, we pivoted.

Habitat

In October, the Cabarrus Arts Council partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and with the assistance of an art instructor, families created beautiful art to hang in their new homes. It’s a partnership we hope to continue.

We served families virtually. We supplied daily crafts on Facebook for English and Spanish-speaking families. Every day for several months quarantined families logged in and could count on a daily craft with materials they would most likely find in their homes. Our crafts on Facebook were viewed 80,337 times and now live in albums on our website.

Clock-in Concerts

Local musicians play at the entrance of Atrium Health in Concord, as part of Clock-in Concerts, a program to give frontline health care workers a much needed pick-me-up before beginning their 12-hour shifts. Clock-in Concerts featured artists including, clockwise, Daniel Gurley, Erin Hicks, Jim Avett, Jim’s fiddler and David Domingo.

We served our frontline health heroes through projects like #thankshealthheroes and Clock-in Concerts. These initiatives involved artists, both performing and visual, who expressed their gratitude during the beginning of the Covid crisis.

We served our local artists and arts organizations. We curated a list of grants and other resources – those regularly offered and those new because of Covid – and showed them where and how to apply. Thousands of dollars have been awarded and will help many survive the rough months.

#ThanksHealthHeroes

Musicians recorded messages and songs of gratitude for health care workers during the early days of the COVID crisis. Pictured from top left to right are Cadence Olszewski, HL Ruth, John Culbreth, Motion Dance Studio dancers, Marty Dejarnette, Paleface, Randy Rampey, John Turner, Daniel Gurley, Erin Hicks, David Domingo, Rachel and Jackson McWaters, Greg Ragan, Mike and Rene Russell, Morgan Hunkele, Timmy Fasano and Sonia Rosales.

When it was appropriate to open our gallery doors, we did so with safety measures in place. Our current exhibition, Clay: Dirtworks and Friends has enjoyed visitors once again.

Din

A new partnership with Cabarrus Brewing Co. brought us back together safely. With limited seating, social distancing, mandatory masks and other safety measures, Dinner for the Arts combined fine cuisine with music and visual art.

Outside

Visitors explore the gift shop on the front porch during Small Business Saturday.

That’s not all. Keep reading under the photographs for other ways your arts council has worked to continue to serve our community. We look forward to continuing our work in 2021, with new ideas and programs we think you’ll love. And if we need to, we’ll be ready to pivot again.

Ladies of CAC

In September, the Cabarrus Arts Council reopened it doors after months of government-mandated statewide quarantine efforts. Staffers are shown, from left, Erin Hicks, Noelle Rhodes Scott, Elisabeth Thornton and Lisa McCombs.

*** Many organizations may have postponed or canceled their events as a precaution to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We advise that you check with the event's organizer to make sure its activity has not been canceled.

ONGOING:

The Cabarrus Arts Council is closed for the holidays and will reopen Monday, January 4. The Galleries Gift Shop will reopen Thursday, January 6. The Galleries Gift Shop is open Thursday, Fridays, noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the perfect opportunity to support local artists and the arts council by purchasing handcrafted works for yourself or as a gift. Purchases can be made by credit card only. The Cabarrus Arts Council is committed to keeping you safe and will have hand sanitizer and other safety measures in place. Bring your mask. Free admission. Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, Downtown Concord. Cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Brenda’s Art Lab: Children’s 6 week Afternoon Art Class: Select days 4:30-6:30p.m.; $150; This 6 week children and teen art class includes drawing, painting, pottery, and sculpture. Classes meet from 4:30-6:30p.m. one day per week, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for 6 weeks. For more information call 704-786-8570. http://brendasartstudio.com/

Pottery lessons – Learn to throw a bowl, tumbler or vase on a potter’s wheel. Lessons adapted for Kindergarten thru Adult; Class size: individual, or groups up to four. Sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient days/times. Visit www.linbarnhardt.com or info@linbarnhardt.com for details; Lin Barnhardt Studio, Mt. Pleasant.

Paint Your Hearts Out: Kids Day - Every Tuesday from 12-6 p.m.; 10% off for kids 12 and under. Pricing depends on canvas size. Times: 12-2:30p.m. or 3-6p.m.; call 704-312-2699 to reserve your spot; for more information visit https://bit.ly/3fu6F10 543 Winecoff School Rd, Concord.

Art Studio Kannapolis: Kids Workshop: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Children ages 5-12 will make arts and crafts. Space is limited to 15 children. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $25. Private parties and crafting sessions available on Saturdays. Registration email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis, NC

THIS WEEK:

Puddle Painting at Southern Strain Brewery: Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Come experience the famous Puddle Painting with TuxedoKat at the Southern Strain Brewery in Historic Downtown Concord! Pre-purchase your canvas right here on Facebook! Masks required! No aprons offered so wear your painting clothes! All aged welcomed! 165 Brumley Ave. Suite 3001 Concord, NC https://bit.ly/331TVKN

Red Hill Brewing Company: Live New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 7-9pm; Join Red Hill on New Year’s Day for Music, Beer, Video Games and Fun with a great staff. 21 Union St. S, Concord. https://bit.ly/3gzNuEd

Speedway Christmas Light Show at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Friday, January 1, 7-8 p.m.; Enjoy a live Christmas lights show at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord. http://bit.ly/3r1MzBt

NEXT WEEK:

Exhibition: Clay: Dirtworks and Friends, NOW through Saturday, January 23, 2021. Now in its 12th year, Clay has transformed into Clay: Dirtworks & Friends to honor the exceptional career of Dan Triece and his Dirtworks Pottery from Seagrove, NC. In addition to a wide array of Dirtworks Pottery, Dan has curated the exhibition to feature the work of 10 artists who have shaped his life and career: Brian Evans, Tom Gray, J. Bruce Jordan, Geoffrey Lloyd, Brenda Roberts, Irene Russell, Andy Smith, Ben Vanpelt, Joe Winter, Jared Zehmer. Clay: Dirtworks & Friends features hundreds of pieces available for purchase, just in time for the holidays. The exhibition runs through January 23, 2021.

The Galleries Hours:

Thursday & Fridays, Noon - 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission is free. Marks are required for entry. Clay: Dirtworks & Friends is sponsored by Uwharrie HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/UwharrieBank/" Bank. Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Downtown Concord.

We’re Sew Creative: Bernina Guide Class One: Tuesday, January 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Free; This class covers the basic operations of your new Bernina Class. Free for those who are new owners of Bernina machines purchased at We're Sew Creative. 8637 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord http://bit.ly/34iUuQS

Intune School of the Arts: Micdrop A New Year's Celebration: 3-Day Music & Theater Intensive and Showcase: Thursday, January 7-9, 6 p.m.; A 3 day musical theater intensive, saying goodbye to 2020 and hello to a New Year. Students will enjoy top notch instruction from local music educators and theater lovers Joshua Little and Rachel Abbatiello while learning a show of challenging songs, numbers, and scenes, ending in a breathtaking showcase for family and friends to enjoy! $100 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord https://bit.ly/3oi6UQU

Red Hill Brewing Company: Taplow Music Duo: Friday, January 8, 6-8 p.m.; Free; Red Hill Brewing Company hosts the Taplow Music duo. Join Taplow Music Duo and enjoy the sights and sound of their music and taste Red Hill’s craft brews in an atmosphere you're sure to enjoy. 21 Union St. S, Concord http://bit.ly/34jTex5

Arte Libre/Expression Art: Saturday, January 9, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; $15; A Spanish art class full of self expression, music, and fun. Your child will learn about a new region, Latino artist and new vocabulary. Each class will have an art activity that your child can proudly display at home for years to come. 185 Church St N, Concord http://bit.ly/2IRbxCl

Saturdays in The Galleries - Saturday, January 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Now open Saturdays for those with a busy workweek! Take a self-guided tour through Clay: Dirtworks & Friends, The Galleries' new exhibition, sponsored by Uwharrie HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/UwharrieBank/" Bank. All pieces available for purchase. Visit The Galleries Gift Shop local and regional handcrafted candles, soaps, pottery, jewelry and gifts. This is a cashless event. Credit/debit cards accepted only. Masks required. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord. Saturday in The Galleries are Sponsored by Waste Pro. Cabarrusartscouncil.org

Jody and Joanna & Co. at The Wine Room: Saturday, January 9, 8-11pm; Enjoy live music at the wine room. 5401 Village Drive at Afton Village, Concord. https://binged.it/3gzPlZH

UPCOMING:

Puddle Painting at Southern Strain Brewery: Thursday, January 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Come experience the famous Puddle Painting with TuxedoKat at the Southern Strain Brewery in Historic Downtown Concord! Pre-purchase your canvas right here on Facebook! Masks required! No aprons offered so wear your painting clothes! All aged welcomed! 165 Brumley Ave. Suite 3001 Concord, NC https://bit.ly/331TVKN

Saturdays in The Galleries - Saturday, January 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Now open Saturdays for those with a busy workweek! Take a self-guided tour through Clay: Dirtworks & Friends, The Galleries' new exhibition, sponsored by Uwharrie HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/UwharrieBank/" Bank. All pieces available for purchase. Visit The Galleries Gift Shop local and regional handcrafted candles, soaps, pottery, jewelry and gifts. This is a cashless event. Credit/debit cards accepted only. Masks required. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord. Saturday in The Galleries are Sponsored by Waste Pro. Cabarrusartscouncil.org

Art Studio Kannapolis: 3-day Kids Art Class: Monday, January 18; Wednesday, January, 20; Friday, January 22; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m; Children ages 5-12 will have an opportunity to engage socially in a positive environment that focuses on the fun of art. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $50/child. Registration and for more information please email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis, NC

NEW DATE CabCo’s Got Talent - Friday, January 22, 7 – 7:50 p.m. CabCo’s Got Talent is a 50-minute virtual talent show spotlighting Cabarrus County youth that will stream on Facebook and YouTube January 22 @ 7 pm. Performances will be prerecorded with emcee Brian Floyd to host them. Learn about each performer! https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/cabco-s-got-talent. Because it's a benefit for the Cabarrus Arts Council, supporters are asked to make a donation in appreciation of any (or all) performers they wish. Supporters may also opt to donate to the cause in general, and not a specific performer, through the general donation button. DONATE TODAY!

https://cabarrusartscouncil.org/cabco-s-got-talent CabCo’s Got Talent is sponsored by Atrium Health, F&M Bank, CESI Inc, Davco Roofing and Sheet Metal and Market Street Studios. Previously scheduled for December 18, this event was postponed as the community mourned the tragic death of Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping.

Saturdays in The Galleries - Saturday, January 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Now open Saturdays for those with a busy workweek! Take a self-guided tour through Clay: Dirtworks & Friends, The Galleries' new exhibition, sponsored by Uwharrie Bank. All pieces available for purchase. Visit The Galleries Gift Shop local and regional handcrafted candles, soaps, pottery, jewelry and gifts. This is a cashless event. Credit/debit cards accepted only. Masks required. The Cabarrus Arts Council is located at 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord. Saturday in The Galleries are Sponsored by Waste Pro. Cabarrusartscouncil.org

Puddle Painting at Southern Strain Brewery: Thursday, January 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Come experience the famous Puddle Painting with TuxedoKat at the Southern Strain Brewery in Historic Downtown Concord! Pre-purchase your canvas right here on Facebook! Masks required! No aprons offered so wear your painting clothes! All aged welcomed! 165 Brumley Ave. Suite 3001 Concord, NC https://bit.ly/331TVKN

Art Studio Kannapolis: 3-day Kids Art Class: Monday, February 8; Wednesday, February, 10; Friday, February 12; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Children ages 5-12 will have an opportunity to engage socially in a positive environment that focuses on the fun of art. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $50/child. Registration and for more information please email artstudiobynicolina@gmail.com; 812 North Main Street Kannapolis.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes the Arts & Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday. Use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events. If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, email Elisabeth Thornton at elisabeth@cabarrusartscouncil.org.

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