Arts Across NC

Arts Across NC is a podcast by and about the North Carolina Arts Council. Our rich artistic traditions have contributed to the state’s vitality and identity for centuries. Join host Sandra Davidson as she talks with artists and arts leaders about the public value of the arts across North Carolina, and explores how the N.C. Arts Council is building on 50 years of leadership to create a better tomorrow for all.


Episode 4: This Is A Major Contemporary Dance Institution

Forty years ago, the American Dance Festival moved to Durham, NC. Every summer since, one of America’s most important dance institutions has attracted choreographers, dancers and audiences from all over the world to the heart of North Carolina for a six week-long modern dance festival.  
The North Carolina Arts Council was an avid supporter of ADF from the very beginning. In this episode, Nancy Trovillion, the North Carolina Arts Council's Deputy Director, and Jodee Nimerichter, ADF’s Executive Director, reflect on the festival’s roots in North Carolina and its longstanding relationship with the Arts Council. This episode features The Force by The Monitors, a recording ffeatured on the North Carolina Arts Council's African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina CD.

Episode 3: The Artist Next Door

Artists matter in North Carolina. As creators, interpreters and educators, they play an instrumental role in the vitality of our state. In 1980, the North Carolina Arts Council solidified the State's commitment to artists by creating the Artist Fellowship Program. Since then, the N.C. Arts Council has awarded over $5 million to hundreds of artists to support artist development and encourage new work. In this episode, Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, who oversees the fellowship program, reflects on the mission of the program. Fellowship recipients David Joy, Shirlette Ammons and Daniel Wallace reflect on how receiving the fellowship shaped their careers. 

This episode features The Force by The Monitors, a recording featured on the North Carolina Arts Council’s African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina CD

Episode 2: Celebrating Chuck Davis

Raleigh native Charles R. “Chuck” Davis, who became one of the world’s foremost teachers and choreographers of African dance, is being remembered across North Carolina and the country today for his artistry, his contributions to American dance and his ability to use art to promote peace and healing.

A distinguished teacher, choreographer, and ambassador for dance, Davis passed away at his home on Sunday, May 14. He founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 and, in 1982, returned to his native North Carolina to create the African American Dance Ensemble.

Earlier this Spring, Davis was interviewed by Arts Council staff for its 50th Anniversary celebration and recalled his work with the Arts Council. Here’s an excerpt from his conversation.

Episode 1: Welcome to Arts Across NC

Founded in 1967, the North Carolina Arts Council grew out of the national statewide arts movement. In the first podcast episode of Arts Across NC, North Carolina Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin joins host Sandra Davidson to talk about the council’s early vision, his personal connection to the arts and what’s in store for the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary season.