Wake Forest ARTS

Our mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events: Upcoming: Six Sundays in Spring 2015! The series starts April 26th this year. Get the schedule here. Also, check our postings below and our Calendar for news on arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.

Wake Forest Has TalentWake Forest Has Talent! Contest is open April 26 – May 24th at midnight. More information is here, or click here to vote for your favorite.

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Jeanne Jolly to perform for our Memorial Weekend Six Sundays Concert

Jeanne_Jolly_042Raleigh native Jeanne Jolly will bring her lovely voice and enchanting original songs to E. Carroll Joyner Park this Sunday, May 24th from 5-7pm. We are in for a treat.

During the intermission, we’ll be staging the fourth and final group of Wake Forest Has Talent! contestants: The Lang Sisters, Justin Fouts, and Henry the Horse will be performing and competing for your votes (which you can place here).

The weather’s going to be perfect: don’t miss this second-to-last Six Sundays concert!

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Wake Forest ARTS’ Kids Activities at the Farmers’ Market

11091216_854352384643424_3990659204985870059_nWake Forest ARTS will host Kids Krafts at Wake Forest Farmers’ Market on each 4th Saturday, May-October this year. Here’s the schedule through July:

  • May 23- May Flowers-children will create flowers out of construction paper.
  •  June 27-Butterflies, Butterflies-children will create butterflies out of clothespins and coffee filters.
  • July 25- Patriotic Stars-children will make a star wand out of construction paper and ribbon.

Brings the kids to the market while you shop and let them have some creative fun! The market is open every Saturday, from 8 am until noon in the summer.

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Our fourth 2015 Six Sundays in Spring concert

liverpoolLiverpool: Carolina’s Beatles Experience will be performing for our May 17th Six Sundays in Spring concert. The weather’s predicted to be fine, and the music will be fun, so don’t miss this chance to get out and twist and shout.

During intermission, we’ll also be bringing you our third installment of Wake Forest Has Talent. Performing this week will be Karma, South Main Band, and Sonido Planetaire. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite band(s) here!


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Call for Artists: Chapel Hill Solar Trailer Wrap Design (Deadline June 30, 2015)

2020The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, a Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, invites artists to submit proposals for a two-dimensional design for a vinyl wrap of an events trailer that doubles as a solar generator.  The selected artist or artist team will receive a $2,000 honorarium to create an artistic design to be adhered on the sides, back, and front of the trailer.  The trailer will be shown and used at many festivals and events sponsored by the Town. Full information is here.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 16 years of age and older residing in Orange, Chatham, Durham, Wake or Alamance County.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Block Gallery Announces Call for Artists (deadline July 10, 2015)

BlockThe Miriam Preston Block Gallery invites artists, artist teams and curators to apply for the 2016-2017 Block Gallery Exhibition Series.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, residing or working in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County for at least one year as of July 10, 2015.  Application Deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5pm.

Click here for more information.

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“Neck of the Woods” is back!

NotWMar2012SkylarGudaszAndTheUglyGirls3The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Arts are partnering to rekindle the “Neck of the Woods” performance series!

This quarterly program will feature emerging local artists who are willing to volunteer and share their art in front of a live audience. Each show is different and will feature a variety of artists. We are seeking actors, dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, poets, magicians, mimes and spoken word artists.

Current plans are to stage the event at the Renaissance Centre, 7-9pm on Fridays, June 19 & October 16 and then February 19 in 2016. There will be 3-4 performers each doing a 15-20 min performance. Admission is $5. There will be a cash bar (beer & wine).

If you are an interested artist, please send an email with your contact information and a link to a video of your performance (if available) to Cathy Gouge.

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Mother’s Day Six Sundays concert to be held at Renaissance Centre

Thunderstorms are predicted for this evening, so today’s Six Sundays concert well be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St in Wake Forest. The time is, as always, 5-7 pm, and we’ll be having the Casablanca Orchestra, with their big 18 piece band of entertaining musicians.

This weekends Wake Forest Has Talent performances will be held as scheduled at the Renaissance Centre, so come on out and vote for your favorite performers!

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Today’s (April 26) Six Sundays concert moved to Renaissance Centre

Due to cold, damp weather, today’s Six Sundays concert is moved to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St in Wake Forest. The time is the same: 5-7 pm.

Mark Salyers, who was scheduled to perform today for Wake Forest Has Talent, has been rescheduled to perform along with two other contestants during intermission at next Sunday’s concert on May 3.

Don’t let the wet weather dampen your enthusiasm for a fun concert: come check out the town’s new performance space and move to MikeMickXer’s blend of Rock & Roll, Reggae and Rhythm & Blues.

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Wake Forest Has Talent! Vote for your Favorite Performers

Wake Forest Has TalentVoting is underway for Wake Forest ARTS’ Wake Forest Has Talent! competition.

As part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, Wake Forest ARTS has organized Wake Forest Has Talent!, our first-ever talent competition, showcasing the myriad talent in the area, while raising funds for our activities promoting the arts in our town.

Wake Forest Has Talent! finalists will perform during the intermission of our upcoming Six Sundays in Spring concerts, held every spring at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest. This year’s concert series starts on April 26th and ends May 31st.

Anyone may vote for their favorite contest finalists via the online fundraising site Crowdrise, where each finalist has their own page and supporters may cast “votes” for $1 each.

Voting has already begun; it will close at midnight on May 24. The performers or groups that earn the most votes (and money for Wake Forest ARTS) will be named the winners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists!

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Call for Artists: Waterworks Visual Arts Center juried exhibition “In the Landscape” (deadline June 1, 2015)

WaterWorksWaterworks Visual Arts Center is accepting submissions for a special juried exhibition, In the Landscape, July 25-September 12, 2015. Waterworks is a dynamic cultural venue dedicated to the presentation of significant art of our time. The museum offers an innovative program of exhibitions, education, and outreach that inspires and educates its audiences to explore the evolution and forefront of contemporary art.

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