Artsplosure Chosen as a 2015 Inductee into The Raleigh Hall of Fame

Raleigh Hall of Fame

Artsplosure is humbled to be in such esteemed company as inductees into The Raleigh Hall of Fame this year. We were chosen among many other notable individuals and organizations for the Hall of Fame’s October 2015 induction. The recognition is particularly meaningful this year as Artsplosure plans it’s 25th First Night Raleigh celebration, marking over two decades of bringing the work of imaginative and celebrated artists and performers to downtown Raleigh on New Year’s Eve.

“It’s such an honor for Artsplosure to be recognized in such a significant way by the Raleigh Hall of Fame. I feel that Artsplosure really was a trendsetter for all of the great current special events that take place in downtown Raleigh and we are so proud to be a part of this history. We know the power of putting the arts out to the people in the way that we do and it’s so gratifying to have played a small role in what will no doubt be the future of our city!” said Programming Director, Terri Dollar of Artsplosure’s role in the Raleigh community.

Artsplosure joins the Raleigh Hall of Fame alongside 10 individuals and 1 other organization. William Prentiss Baker, III, Dr. Robert E Bridges, Micou Farrah Browne, Alice K. Burrows, Dr. John Gilbert, Charles C. Meeker, Robert Rankin, Bishop Henry Beard Delany, Henry Marin Tupper, and the Raleigh Rescue Mission will be honored along with Artsplosure for their work and contributions to North Carolina’s capital city.

“We are truly humbled to be joining the Raleigh Hall of Fame.  It’s a meaningful reward for nearly four decades of work.  More important, it has energized the board and staff to be even more adventurous and creative as we map out our strategic director over the next five years.” said Executive Director, Michael Lowder of the induction honor.

The Raleigh Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center tonight, October 5th, at 6:00 PM. For more information on this year’s events as well as past events, visits The Raleigh Hall of Fame website.

Join us May 2: Artsplosure Birdhouse Building Day

We need YOUR help to decorate and build!

Birdhouse Building Day
Saturday, May 2
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Outside Market Hall in City Market: 215 Wolfe Street

Become a part of this wonderful community art project – see your work shown as part of the Community Birdhouse Project as it fills the air in Moore Square during Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2015!

Families and artists (professional and aspiring) are invited to come help us decorate small and large-scale birdhouses; we need everyone’s help!

Join Us for Our Spring Fundraiser on April 23!

It’s that time again! The annual fundraiser for Artsplosure will be taking place in Market Hall in downtown’s City Market. We’re diligently working away to make this our best party yet. So make sure you join us on April 23!

Thursday, April 23
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Market Hall (formerly Cobblestone Hall): 215 Wolfe Street, Raleigh, NC

Join us for a night of art and merriment, all proceeds benefiting Artsplosure!

– Heavy appetizers
– Wine and beer
– Silent auction including fine art and crafts and lunch with Mayor Nancy McFarlane McFarlane
– Wine wall
– Live painting by the renowned Dan Nelson

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

Buy soon – we’re expecting a sellout!

Artsplosure Welcomes New Board Members

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The arts festival presenter has named five individuals to its Board of Directors. New Board members appointed for three-year terms beginning in 2014-15 include:
      • Carolyn Carter, Adjunct Professor at NC State University and former Assistant City Manager for the City of Raleigh
      • Nick DiColandrea, Development Officer for Communities in Schools of Durham and former Program Director of MusiciansCorp
      • Kacy Hunt, Attorney with Williams Mullen
      • Noel James, Arts Consultant and current Interim Director of The ArtCenter of Carrboro
      • Toni Peck, Attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood

“We are pleased to have such a strong group coming on board this year,” said Michael Lowder, executive director of Artsplosure. Along with welcoming these new board members, Lowder announced the organization’s 2014-15 Executive Committee.

      • President: Lori Vitale of Vitale Family Law
      • Vice President: Caroline Russell, a community volunteer
      • Secretary: Linda Lillis, Assistant Director of ICE-SS of Duke Clinical Research Institute
      • Treasurer: Julie Wood of First Raleigh Telex
      • Immediate Past President: Tom Hester of Hester & Company
      • Spring Fundraiser Committee Chair: Ann-Cabell Baum Andersen, Broker/Agent with Glenwood Agency Real Estate
      • Marketing Committee Chair: Britt Carter, Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard

A policy-making and governance body comprised of art enthusiasts and business and civic leaders, the Artsplosure Board of Directors maintains the efficacy of operational, programming, and fundraising initiatives and represents Artsplosure’s multiple constituencies. Members serve on committees and fill essential volunteer positions during Artsplosure festivals.

Other Artsplosure Board members include:

      • Steve Bryan, American Institute of CPAs
      • Clymer Cease, Clark Nexsen
      • Woody Dicus, Duke Energy (retired)
      • Christopher Dumais, MRI of Raleigh
      • Liz Hedrick, Smith Moore Leatherwood Law Firm
      • Benji Jones, Smith Anderson Law Firm
      • Shelley Kelly, Mottis Advertising
      • Lee Kirby, Smith Anderson Law Firm
      • Thomas Miller, SunTrust
      • Crystal Sadler, Local Government Federal Credit Union
      • Chuck Stewart, Tumbling Colors
      • Shan Teel, First Citizens Bank
      • Tabitha Zane, Highwoods Properties

“Discovery Workshop” for Artsplosure Board of Directors

Artsplosure board members and staff gathered at the Center for Community Leadership on Saturday morning, September 27, to participate in a “Discovery Workshop,” a structured session designed to assist key leadership in the development of a prioritized list of actions centered on a specific purpose. The workshop launches a planning initiative for our organization.

Attending were Board President Lori Vitale, Vice President Caroline Russell, Treasurer Julie Wood, Secretary Linda Lillis, Immediate Past President Tom Hester, and members Steve Bryan, Benji Jones, Liz Hedrick, Lee Kirby, Tom Miller, Crystal Sadler, and Chuck Stewart. Representing the staff were Business Manager Glynda Westerbeek and Executive Director Michael Lowder.

The workshop facilitator was Christopher Perrien, who was assisted by Zoey Kernodle.

Fundraising Event Raises Over $14,000 for Artsplosure

The Artsplosure Board of Directors thanks Ann-Cabell Baum Andersen and her organizing committee for conducting a spring fundraiser that netted over $14,000 for the non-profit arts organization. The event, which took place on May 8 at Cobblestone Hall, featured two and three dimensional art pieces and crafts donated by a number of this year’s Artsplosure festival exhibiting artists and members of the local visual arts community, as well as many other unique items up for bid.

This year’s event sponsors were as follows:

Platinum Sponsors ($2,500):
Centerline DigitalGold Sponsors ($1,000):
All About Beer Magazine
JDavis Architects
The Glenwood Agency
Silver Sponsors ($500):
Alpha GraphicsBronze Sponsors ($250):
Hedgehog Holdings

This year’s committee members were as follows:

Ann-Cabell Baum Andersen Benji Jones
Caroline Gaona
Caroline Russell
Chuck Stewart
Heather Mintz

Helen White
Julie Wood
Kate Sanford
Lisa Bauerlein
Lori Vitale
Maria Davis

Michelle Ledford
Sandi MacDonald
Sharon Hansen
Tabitha Zane
Kathleen Makena
Molly Haynes

Fundraiser proceeds supported the recent Artsplosure spring festival and the agency’s overall mission of bringing celebrated artists to the community, enriching the area and inspiring a greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Welcome to the new Artsplosure website!

By Michael Lowder, Executive Director

The Artsplosure team very much wants this site to be informative, engaging, and most of all artful, given our artistic mission. This launch is part of a “brand evolution” process our board and staff have been engaged in over the past year and a half.

We have been fortunate to have the creative services agency Mottis guiding the process. Among other things, Mottis staff has conducted extensive research, interpreting the data, and made sound and practical recommendations, including updating our vision and mission statement, drafting a positioning statement, creating a new corporate identity package, and developing a marketing and communications outreach plan. Mottis also designed this website with Pointer Advertising.

All this has been undertaken to make sure our festivals and enrichment programs are serving a real need, reaching as many people as possible, and valued by audience members, sponsors, and patrons.

Please let us know what you think of our website and our festival presentations, as our 35th Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival is just around the corner. More to come about the Artsplosure festival program on May 17-18, 2014, in future posts.

In the meantime, the World Beer Festival – Raleigh is coming up on April 5 in and around Moore Square and City Market, and Artsplosure is the Charity Partner! We receive a portion of every ticket sold based on the actual number of volunteer hours friends of Artsplosure and local craft beer enthusiasts actually contribute on April 4, which is the set up day, and the day of the event. In order to receive our full contribution, 1,700 hours of volunteer time needs to be contributed.

So, anything you can do to help at the World Beer Festival will be much appreciated! For more information about volunteering, please click here.

You’re invited!

The second annual Artsplosure Cocktail Fundraiser will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 6 to 9:30 PM at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market!

The fundraiser will feature fabulous hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and a silent auction featuring some exceptional art and other special items! All proceeds from the event will go towards making Artsplosure’s upcoming namesake festival Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival — its 35th edition on May 17-18, 2014 — the best yet.

To buy tickets and become a sponsor, visit here.