July 2016

Artsplosure Brings Art Market to Destination Dix Community Festival: July 23, 2016


Artsplosure has organized an Art Market as part of the Destination Dix Community Festival, which will take place in Dorthea Dix Park on July 23, 2016.

The Art Market will serve as an anchor feature of the Destination Dix festival, and will feature more than 25 local artists exhibiting and selling their original artwork and crafts. The festival is scheduled to be open from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday.

“With Artsplosure’s mission of promoting and showcasing artists, the Destination Dix event is a perfect opportunity for us to give some of these fine artists a great chance to present their works to the folks coming out to this festival. We look forward to being a part of the exciting Dix evolution!” said Programming Director Terri Dollar of Artsplosure’s participation in the event.

The festival will take place on the one-year anniversary of the sale of the Dorthea Dix campus by the State of North Carolina to the City of Raleigh. Event-goers will be able to enjoy art, music, food and other festivities in a celebration of the past and present of Dix Park. Attendees will also have several opportunities to share their vision for the future of 308-acre property through interactive activities.

In addition to the Destination Dix Festival Art Market, Artsplosure will also showcase more of North Carolina’s talent as it produces the Opening Ceremonies of the USA Masters Games in Greensboro this summer. The event, which hosts Olympic-style athletic competitions for adult athletes in over 20 sports, will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on July 22, 2016. The opening ceremony will feature Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Barefoot Movement, and North Tower, among others.

Full details for the Destination Dix festival, visit www.DestinationDix.com

For more about USA Masters Games www.USAMastersGames.com

Artsplosure Gives Thanks & Recognition As It Celebrates Another Successful Year

Artsplosure held it’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon last week. The event is a chance to celebrate the successes of First Night Raleigh 2016 and Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2016 and announce new members and positions within the Board of Directors. It’s also an opportunity to thank the many members of the Raleigh community that make Artsplosure’s events possible!

This year had many much to celebrate and many thanks to give.

We said thank you to our Board of Directors member, Ann-Cabell Baum for her 20 years of service with Artsplosure! In her two decades of involvement with the organization, Ann-Cabell has held many leadership positions, serving as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Board. As a fundraiser, she has raised $92,000 for our organization. She has been and continues to be an irreplaceable force of nature!

Ann-Cabell Receives Award

We also expressed our gratitude to Raleigh Police Department Officer Willie Sanders, who has been a vital part of Artsplosure for 15 years as our on-site security presence at both First Night Raleigh and Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival. In his years of service he has become a great friend, and we will miss him as he begins his retirement from the force.

Artsplosure Team with Willie Sanders

Artsplosure would not be possible without our fantastic Board of Directors, lead by Lori Vitale for the past two years. She has lead with expertise and passion for bringing the arts to the community, and we are grateful for her service. We are also thrilled to announce our new President of the Board for 2016-2017, Caroline Russell! A long-time Board of Directors member, Caroline has the knowledge and skill to be a fantastic leader of the Board of Directors.

Caroline Russel presents Lori Vitale with a gift for her service.

As it has been for 37 years, Artsplosure continues to thrive as a result of the passion and hard work of individuals from around our community. Our organization would not be possible without such individuals as Ann-Cabell, Willie Sanders, Lori Vitale, Caroline Russell, and the many sponsors that were able to join us.

Thank you for another great year bring art and music to our community!