Art in a Bag
A chance to fill your head and your belly! Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while engaging with artists from all mediums, curators, and other speakers in our lunch and learn series each month. The Alamance County Arts Council provides drinks and dessert, and schedules presenters in from noon – 1 p.m. to speak about their artwork, current projects or exhibitions. The series has also included demonstrations for specific art mediums. Those who attend learn about specific artists, artwork, techniques, influences, and/or movements. This program is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Previous presenters have included:
- Sandi Rosett, Director of Education, North Carolina Museum of Art
- Anita Shontel Woodley, Actress/Artist from Durham
- Frank Holder, Sculptor from Greensboro
- Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator, North Carolina Museum of Art
- Pat Scheible, Artist from Mebane
- Lynn Pownell, Weaver from Glencoe Mills
- 4 Art Women, Artists from Alamance County
Take the stress out of traveling and let the Arts Council take care of everything. We plan exciting, informative trips to surrounding museums, historical sites, and more. We would love for you to join us on our next excursion! All you have to do is sign up, relax, and enjoy the ride.
To sign up for a trip:
- Please call 336-226-4495 for reservations or stop by the Alamance County Arts Council
- You can pay by cash, check, or Visa / Mastercard / Discover. Make checks payable to: Alamance County Arts Council
- To ensure your seat, payment for trips must be received 1 week prior to departure
- All trips are non-refundable after the final due date
- All trips will depart from the Alamance County Arts Council at 213 S. Main St., Graham, NC 27253
Arts in Education
"The arts provide a more comprehensive and insightful education because they invite students to explore the emotional, intuitive, and irrational aspects of life that science is hard pressed to explain." -Charles Fowler
Engaging the minds, hearts, and bodies of participants, the arts are recognized as extremely effective tools for developing cognitive, social, personal and academic competencies. Children who have access to artistic media and instruction learn self-expression, creative problem-solving, tolerance in diversity, and a host of other skills that help improve academic performance, social ease, and workforce preparedness. We believe that practicing creative self-expression is integral to the education of children.
The Go Live program exposes every 2nd grader from public schools, private schools, and home schools in Alamance County to high quality theater and theater education. First the Alamance County Arts Council offers an orientation workshop for all 2nd grade teachers to introduce them to the performance and its educational components. We then divide all of the classes into small groups to see performances at local schools performed by a touring children’s theatre group. Our goal is to not have more then 300 students at each performance so that they have a memorable and more intimate experience. Then we present a theatre workshop that ties in with the performance at each of the schools.
RAMP it Up!
The Alamance County Arts Council works with the After School programs in Alamance County to provide enrichment activities once a month for five months to elementary schools in Alamance County for the “RAMP It Up!” program. The activities are meant to encourage individual creativity and the arts. Previous activities have included weaving, pottery, drama, and more. While simply having fun remains a key ingredient, the program also benefits students by nurturing innate creativity; building skills in self expression, communications, problem-solving and group dynamics; and boosting the self-confidence of participants, strengthening their resilience and instilling in them a new enthusiasm about school and their daily involvements. The Arts Council identifies, contracts with and orients art instructors for the program based on skill and their ability to create a healthy and energizing classroom environment. Interested instructors should contact the Arts Council during the summer for more information regarding the upcoming school year.
Go Live is made possible through a grant received from the Target.
Schedule a field trip to see our current exhibition. We will arrange for a docent tour and exhibition related activities.
For more information on any of our programs,
Wednesday Wine Class
Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month with wine expert and educator John Stubblefield to explore the many different flavors wine has to offer. Each month participants explore the various depths, flavors, and characteristics of a highlighted type of wine. Stubblefield’s partner in wine, Linda Barron, prepares delicious tapas to pair with each unique variety. Both Stubblefield and Barron have traveled various wine countries and have trained through the Society of Wine Educators, The French Wine Society, and Johnson & Wales University.
Pre-registration is required and participants must be 21 years or older. The cost is $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited, so reserve your space by calling the Arts Council at 336-226-4495.
Learn the basics of ballroom dance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy all the benefits of dancing, including improving your poise, health, and social life. Strengthen your dance skills with each lesson. No partner necessary! A range of dances will be learned from the Swing to the Waltz.
- Ballroom Dance Instructor: Jon Paul McClellan
- When: Every Tuesday from 6-7p.m. for beginners & every Tuesday from 7-8p.m. for intermediate dancers
- Where: Classes are held at the Maple Street Performing Arts Center in Graham
- Cost: $10 for Arts Council members and $12 for non-members
To register for one of these classes please call 336-226-4495 or stop by the Arts Council.
The Alamance County Arts Council invites you and your children every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. for Family Fun Day! We create a variety of crafts and artwork based on a unique theme for each month. We also choose an artist to highlight and create an inspired craft from their artwork. Cheryl Ann Hernandez, professional face painter, creates masterful face paintings that transform and beautify people’s faces. There are also door prizes and visits by Arty the Mouse, who lives in our big yellow house!
The cost is a mere $3 per family, and walk-ins are encouraged! So tell your friends and bring the family to have a great time at the Captain White House.
The Arts Council and the Family Fun Day Committee provide all the supplies for Family Fun Day. We could not do so without the help of supply donations. We can always use the following items for future projects:
- Glue sticks
- Plastic container tops - all sizes & colors
- 2 liter green bottles
- Children’s door prizes
- CD/DVD cases
- Tempera paint
- Jingle bells
- Construction paper
- Leftover craft or scrapbooking supplies
- Paint stirrers
- Containers for banks - Pringles/Stax, nut, coffee, peanut butter, mayo
High School Scholarships
Each year the Alamance County Arts Council offers scholarships to students planning to further their education in one of the arts disciplines. The four scholarships are awarded in the amount of $500 each. Deadline is May 1st of each year. Download the current application here.
- The Janet Rhyne Andrews Scholarship, awarded for any arts discipline
- The Hazel C. Sellers Scholarship for Visual Arts
- The Sarah H. Rhyne Scholarship for the Performing Arts
- One general Scholarship, awarded for any arts discipline
- A resident of Alamance County
- A high school senior (or equivalent)
- Acceptance or pending acceptance in a college/university or other institution of higher learning for the purpose of earning a major degree in an arts discipline (visual, performing or literary arts)