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ARTS Day 2015 - May 19 & 20

Attending Arts Day makes me feel that I am a part of something really important and that I, as part of a forceful group, have the power to effect positive and meaningful change.

        Jean McLaughlin
        Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts

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Tuesday, May 19 – The Conference Day


Church of the Good Shepherd
Shepherd’s Hall, Raleigh

9:30       Registration Opens
10:30       Convene
10:45       Getting Us StartedLindsey Bierman, Chancellor of UNCSA

Arts advocates welcome

Lindsay Bierman, Chancellor of UNCSA. We hope to initiate him into the membership of North Carolina transplants who plan to never leave.

11:30       Legislative Agenda
12:15       Arts Education
Beth Stovall
Miss North Carolina

Martin Middle School Honors Chorus
Under the direction of Grammy Finalist Danny Yancey

12:45       Lunch
1:15       Ready, Set, Innovate
Dr. Jean Wright, Vice-President of Innovation for Carolinas Healthcare System

Dr. Jean Wright
Vice-President of Innovation
for Carolinas Healthcare System.
“I want people to wake up in the morning with a sense of it is possible. It is doable.”
    Charlotte Business Journal, May 9, 2013
2:00       Shana Tucker

Stunning Shana Tucker, singer and cellist ~ She may work for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, but her heart will never leave North Carolina.
2:30       Break
2:45       Casey Ryan Goggin

Casey Ryan Goggin
Harvard-bound Casey Ryan Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County – third place finalist in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.
3:00       Frank Stasio
host of WUNC’s The State of Things
Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things

The State of Things is a live program airing at noon on Monday – Friday, devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to public radio listener through sound, story, discussion, commentary, and listener participation.
3:30       Go Forward
Michelle Pearson
Michelle Pearson
Artistic Curator of the Black Box Dance Theater whose mission is to celebrate dance through creating, teaching and performing works that interpret, influence and inspire those within our local and global communities.
4:00       Conclusion

4:00-5:00     Advocacy 101 & Team Meetings (Optional)
5:00     Happy Hour Networking Reception at the Doubletree Brownstone Hotel


Wednesday, May 20 – The Legislative Day



North Carolina Legislature

8:00am       Mentor Tables Open
Courtyard 1200
8:00 – 12:30       ARTS Day participants at the LegislatureLegislative Visits
Performances on the Patio:
East Cary Middle School Steel Drum Band
Pitch Please – Northwood High School
Lenoir County TAPS Jazz Band
11:00       Lunch Pick-up
(included in registration fee)

North Carolina Museum of History

8:00am       Registration Opens in Museum Lobby
9:00am       Legislative Kick-off
Secretary Susan Klutz
Susan Kluttz – North Carolina’s esteemed Secretary of Cultural Resources welcomes advocates to Raleigh and shares her work, passion and commitment about Historic Tax Credits.
State Budget Director Lee Roberts
Lee Roberts – Director of Office of Management and State Budget under Governor Pat McCrory, Lee unravels the mystery of making a state budget in the midst of economic recovery.
Lenard MooreLenard D. Moore – North Carolina Award winner and professor at University of Mount Olive, “believes in the magic and the music of words. The experiences of his eastern North Carolina roots spring forth in the poems, short stories and haiku that flow from him.”

North Carolina Legislature

12:15       Concluding EventTravis and Trevor Stuart

Old Time Music on the Back Porch
at the Legislative Building with
Travis and Trevor Stuart