This year marks the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Surry Arts Council is joining with 170 organizations across the state participating in a statewide arts celebration to mark the occasion.
Rather than hold a specific fair or some sort of recognition dinner, however, the local arts council is commemorating the event by bringing a variety of artistic efforts to local stages over the next couple of weeks.
ShadowGrass will kick off the Historic Earle Theatre’s Blue Ridge and Beyond concert series on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
A group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia, the members of ShadowGrass originally crossed paths at local fiddlers’ conventions in the summer of 2014. Although they have their own style, “ShadowGrass is honored to be playing in the shadow of great bluegrass legends,” the group said.
Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast picking, and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region. ShadowGrass was chosen as a featured youth band for the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass Festival in 2016.
Tickets for the ShadowGrass concert at the Historic Earle theatre are $12 (orchestra) or $10 (balcony) and are available at www.surryarts.org or by phone at 336-786-7998.
The Surry Arts Council’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will take the Andy Griffith Playhouse stage Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Perhaps the most famous love story of all time, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” tells the tragedy of star-crossed lovers trapped between feuding families and consumed by their love for one another.
“Shakespeare has been entertaining audiences for hundreds of years,” said director Mark Donnell. “If you see this show, I promise you’ll understand why.”
In addition to the public performances, area middle and high schools will also be attending shows on Monday. Tickets for the public performances are $15 or $6 for students and are available at www.surryarts.org or by phone at 336-786-7998.
“We are delighted to join in the celebration of the N.C. Arts Council’s 50th anniversary with these events,” says Tanya Jones, executive director of the Surry Arts Council. “The impact N.C. Arts Council support has had across the state and especially in our community is immeasurable, both in terms of our quality of life and in our economy.”
“The ideal that founded the North Carolina Arts Council in 1967 was ‘arts for all citizens’” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council. “Since that time, we’ve worked to create an expansive network of nonprofit arts organizations so that citizens can participate in the arts and artists can contribute to our state’s growth and development.”
The concentration of events will occur during the Statewide Arts Celebration in October, scheduled to coincide with Arts & Humanities Month, a national celebration of arts and humanities across the U.S.
To learn more about 50th anniversary activities visit www.NCArts50.org. Follow NC Arts Council’s 50th anniversary celebration at #NCArts50 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.