May 2016

Mobile App for Artsplosure 2016 Now Available!

Fidelity Investments sponsoring the Artsplosure mobile app, free to guests with smartphones during The Raleigh Arts Festival.

The Artsplosure 2016 mobile app is now in the Apple App and Google Play stores, thanks to a sponsorship by Fidelity Investments. The app, created by Blue Pane Studio, includes many tools and abilities that will ensure that attendee’s have the information needed for the ultimate Artsplosure experience.

The Artsplosure mobile app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store here and in the Google Play Store here.

Designed to enhance the festivalgoer’s experience and navigate the new festival footprints, the Artsplosure app provides what is “on tap” for the festival weekend. From the inclusion of nearly 200 art vendors in the Fayetteville Street Art Market and three days’ worth of music on the Main Stage and Park Stage, to performances and activities on Fayetteville Street and in Moore Square, the Artsplosure App puts all of the happenings at your fingertips.

“Staying on top of communication and mobile technologies has been an Artsplosure priority,” said Executive Director Michael Lowder. “Fidelity’s investment with us has made that goal possible.”

“At Fidelity, we focus on providing education and financial expertise to help people live the lives they want,” explained Leslie Walden, vice president Public Affairs at Fidelity Investments’ North Carolina operation in Research Triangle Park. “While we spend a lot of our time working with people on the financial side of things, we also appreciate how important the arts are to inspiring innovation and creativity. We are very happy to lend our technical expertise to support Artsplosure again this year.”

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival spans three days, May 20-22 with the juried Art Market and Main Stage on Fayetteville Street and the Park Stage, interactive activities, and more in Moore Square. Nearly 200 visual artists will display works of metal, painting, jewelry, wood and other mediums! This year’s headlining musical acts include Sonny Landreth, Futurebirds, Doyle Bramhall II and other great talent. Kidsplosure will remain in Moore Square on Saturday and Sunday and feature a plethora of crafts and youth-geared performances. Moore Square will also feature Art Putt, a nine hole mini-golf course and interactive art installation, along with the Park Stage with musical performances throughout both Saturday and Sunday. A complete list of the full line-up of visual artists, special activities and music can be found at

Robotics Team Students Create Replicas of Thomas Sayre Sculptures for Artsplosure’s Art Putt Mini-Golf Course


Students of the VEX Robotics Team at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School are creating large-scale replicas of two of Sayre’s iconic Raleigh sculptures.

The two replica sculptures, based on Sayre’s works ‘Gyre’ and ‘Pillar of Light’, will be featured as part of the Art Putt mini-golf interactive art installation at Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2016.

Art Putt, which made its debut at First Night Raleigh 2016, is a nine-hole miniature golf course that features the work of local artists or groups of artists. Each selected artist developed concepts based on an established theme. This year’s Art Putt theme was Artistic Inspiration, and artists were encouraged to create works based on the work of an artist, an artistic style, or a particular piece of art.

This will be the team’s first time as Art Putt artists, with instructor Travis Beatty explained his motivation for involving the engineering team in this creative project:

“I am always looking for ways to get my student volunteers to connect with the world around them. During our first meeting for the Art Putt project, I asked them if the knew the name Thomas Sayre – and I was greeted with blank stares. When I asked them if they had been to the NC Museum of Art or the IMAX Theater I was immediately regaled with stories of their experiences. During the design and build of this project volunteers have gone from not knowing that they knew Thomas Sayre’s work, to having an intimate appreciation for it and pride that amazing works like these are in our city.”

Art Putt will be free and open to the public at the 37th annual Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2016. Festival-goers can find the Art Putt course in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on May 21-22 alongside live music at the Park Stage, and other interactive activities. In addition to Moore Square’s happenings, Artsplosure will host three days of festivities on Fayetteville Street, including performances at the City Plaza Main Stage, and the Artsplosure juried Art Market, all on May 20 through May 22.

For more information about Art Putt and Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival in downtown Raleigh May 20-22, please visit!

Artsplosure Brings Joel Martin’s Master Class to Area High School Students

Jazzical Joel Martin

Artsplosure’s 37th annual presentation of Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival would not be complete without continuing its tradition of community involvement by bringing musical performers and artistic inspirations to area high school students.

This year, composer and conductor Joel Martin will host a master class with the jazz ensemble and symphonic bands at both Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and Enloe Magnet High School. Martin will share the transformative power of music making with the students of each school during the week prior to Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2016.

An accomplished jazz and classical musician, conductor and composer, Martin is sure to make a profound effect on the musical dialogue of his master class students as they learn from one of the world’s best!

“I plan on sharing the wonders of improvisation with the quest for knowledge, and how it can positively impact one’s creativity as well as enhance personal and artistic growth. We will also discuss these points within the framework of the music business. The lessons learned will be essential for success and personal happiness in the world. Over the years many people have shared their lessons and wisdom in life. I listened to them and applied what I learned to my career and life. I continue to pay it forward by giving back to a new generation of artists.” said Martin when asked about working with students.

The master classes will conclude with Martin joining both bands on the Artsplosure Main Stage on Fayetteville St. for a live performance of select works on Saturday, May 21st. Martin will join Southeast High School’s jazz ensemble on stage at 12:00 pm with Enloe High School’s jazz ensemble to follow at 1:00 pm. Afterwards, Martin will return to Artsplosure’s City Plaza Main Stage to perform his original work “JAZZICAL Rocks!” at 2 pm, which is sure to dazzle audiences and continue to inspire our next generation of musicians!

For more information on Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, in downtown Raleigh May 20-22, please visit today!