ARTS Wake Forest

Arti Gras – A Mardi Gras Celebration benefiting ARTS Wake Forest
Saturday, March 2, 6-10 pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
Cajun food, zydeco/swing/jazz music, dancing, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Tickets $35. Buy tickets here:

ARTS Wake Forest (AWF) is an independent, all-volunteer organization that creates a strong, vibrant community through arts and cultural activities.

Since 1990, ARTS Wake Forest has brought creativity to our community and provided opportunities for established and emerging artists, while encouraging innovation and interaction.

AWF is best known for its Six Sundays in Spring free outdoor concert series, the Wake Forest Dance Festival, Neck of the Woods performance series and the annual Holiday Artisans Market. It also brings concerts, art exhibits and other events to the Wake Forest community.

If you’d like to be a part of AWF, please email us.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events:  Check the postings below for news on our arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.

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ARTS Wake Forest Brings Arti Gras Celebration to Community
ARTS Wake Forest (AWF) will host Arti Gras, a Mardi Gras party open to the community on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6 p.m., in downtown Wake Forest at the Renaissance Centre, 405 South Brooks Street.

Arti Gras–an evening of Cajun food, dancing to zydeco, swing and jazz music, an art-themed silent auction, cash bar, 50/50 raffle and crowning of a King cupcake winner—is guaranteed to be a good time for all those who attend. Festive attire and masks are encouraged.

Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased online or at Page 158 Books, 415 South Brooks Street, Unit B, in Wake Forest.

AWF is hosting Arti Gras as a fundraiser to benefit cultural events and educational programs in the greater Wake Forest community. The non-profit with a mission to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through arts and cultural activities was established in 1990 by a group of dedicated volunteers.

The 29-year-old organization hosted its first Mardi Gras party as a fundraiser in the early 1990s.

Today, AWF is best known for its Six Sundays in Spring free outdoor concert series, the Wake Forest Dance Festival and the annual Holiday Artisans Market. It also brings concerts, art exhibits and other events to the Wake Forest community.

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Longstanding Local Arts Organization Changes Name

LNew ARTS Wake Forest Name Better Exemplifies Its Many Endeavors

A Wake Forest nonprofit that puts the arts first in the community, is now putting the arts first in its new name. Wake Forest ARTS has changed its name and updated its logo to ARTS Wake Forest (AWF).

For 28 years, the organization has supported and enhanced a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities, and the group believes its new name will help it gain greater awareness as an independent, all-volunteer organization.

“Events presented by ARTS Wake Forest bring arts to our community and provide opportunities for established and emerging artists, while also encouraging creativity, innovation and interaction,” said Mary Petretich, ARTS Wake Forest president. “This subtle but significant name change, along with a new logo, puts the emphasis where it belongs – on the arts.”

The group’s new logo, designed by AWF Board Member Bill Cokas’ branding agency Strategic Insights in Wake Forest, conveys the many different art forms supported by the nonprofit – music, drama, film, dance and the written word.

The nonprofit was started in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who called it the Wake Forest Cultural Arts Association. Today, it produces a variety of concerts and events throughout the year, many free-of-charge, that help unify Wake Forest’s growing community.

Best known for its founding of the Six Sundays in Spring concert series, AWF recently introduced the Wake Forest Dance Festival which presented its second free performance at Joyner Park in September. Other events presented by AWF includes Neck of the Woods performance series and the Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market.

AWF also provides scholarships for emerging artists in the Wake Forest Children’s Choir and student participants of the Wake Forest Dance Festival.

To benefit cultural events and educational programs of AWF, a fundraiser is planned for March 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Arti Gras will be a Mardi Gras celebration with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. ARTS Wake Forest is funded through support from the Town of Wake Forest, grants, business and individual contributions, and corporate sponsorships.

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Wake Forest Dance Festival Returns to Joyner Park Sept. 29!

For a second year, families, dance enthusiasts and the public will celebrate dance and music during the free Wake Forest Dance Festival(WFDF) on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., in Wake Forest.

In a format similar to last year’s inaugural event, the 2018 festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. brings a day of dance to the Triangle in an outdoor, wooded setting. WFDF showcases a diversity of dance genres, including classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world dance, by international, national and regional professional dancers as well as local rising advanced dance performers.

WFDF will begin with an educational technical rehearsal in the morning and conclude with a staged performance lasting through the early evening. During the day, mini dance performances showcasing various dance styles will take place in select areas of Joyner Park culminating with a staged performance.

Presented by ARTS Wake Forest and the Wege Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Cultural Resources, WFDF is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

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Call for Artists! 2018 Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market

Wake Forest Arts invites artisans and craftspeople to participate in the third annual Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market: Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest, NC. It’s free and open to all!

The Holiday Artisans’ Market will showcase items handmade by North Carolina artisans and crafts people including potters, fine artists, photographers, woodworkers, fiber artists, furniture makers, jewelry artists and more. Apply here!

 

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Call for Performers: July Neck of the Woods event!

The next edition of our long-running Neck of the Woods series will be July 20, 2018. We are seeking amateur local entertainers of almost any type: musicians, singers (like recent Rolesville High School graduate and singer/songwriter Camryn Jamison, pictured here), spoken-word artists, comedians, poets, magicians and even juggling unicyclists. If you are an interested artist, please send an email with your contact information and a link to a video of your performance (if available) to president@artswakeforest.org.

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Seeking Music-Loving Volunteers!

Volunteers needed to spend time outdoors while listening to music!

Wake Forest Arts invites community members of any age to volunteer at the Six Sundays in Spring concert series. The 25th season of this free, outdoor Wake Forest music event will take place on Sundays through June 3, 5:00-7:00 pm at Joyner Park. Volunteers are needed from 3:00-7:30 pm to help setup and manage the concerts. Visit Wake Forest Arts for concert details.

Email president@wakeforestarts.org for more information.

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Neck of the Woods: Call for Performers!

IMG_9373The next edition of our long-running Neck of the Woods series will be July 20, 2018. We are seeking amateur local entertainers of almost any type: musicians, singers (like Wakefield High student and singer/songwriter Cam Cokas, pictured here), spoken-word artists, comedians, poets, magicians and even juggling unicyclists. If you are an interested artist, please send an email with your contact information and a link to a video of your performance (if available) to president@artswakeforest.org.

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Draw in the Street: this coming Saturday, April 7!

dirt day photoWake Forest Arts is pleased to once again present the Draw in the Street Chalk Art Contest at Wake Forest Downtown’s Dirt Day Festival on April 7.

Draw on the Street will take place on South White Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. The contest is open to area art students and families. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Spring!”

Participating teams will be assigned a 4×4 space on the street along with pastel chalk provided by our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama.

Please come out to see all the wonderful creations and experience the fun of Dirt Day!

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Draw in the Street – Chalk Art Contest

chalk-art-viewersWake Forest Arts is pleased to once again present the Draw in the Street Chalk Art Contest at Wake Forest Downtown’s Dirt Day Festival on April 7.

Draw on the Street will take place on South White Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. The contest is open to area art students and families.

Registration is free; deadline is March 15. Find registration details here. Your team will be assigned a 4×4 space on the street along with pastel chalk provided by our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama.

Hope you and your chalk art team will join us at this year’s Draw in the Street event.

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Neck of the Woods, Youth Edition this Friday, Oct. 20!

TWF_NeckWoods_Color_Hor_Youth_Edition2The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the first-ever Neck of the Woods “Youth Edition” on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The event will showcase a variety of talented performing artists – all under the age of 21.

Among others, performers will include Brooke Willse (13-year-old Wake Forest singer and songwriter), Camryn Jamison (Rolesville High School student playing banjo), Grace Boudah, an energetic 14-year-old inspiring vocal and musical theatre performer from Wake Forest and Happy Accidents, a well-known Improv Troupe from Enloe High School.

Area residents are invited to come out, enjoy a truly unique and entertaining community event and show your support for our young local artists. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but no alcohol will be served.

Tickets are $5 plus tax and are available for purchase online or at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre box office, located at 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Neck of the Woods is presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS. Anyone interested in performing during Neck of the Woods is encouraged to email office@artswakeforest.org.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/neck-of-the-woods.aspx or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

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