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:  Check our postings below and our Calendar for news on arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.

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Neck of the Woods Returns on July 21

TWF_NeckWoods_Color_HorFriday, July 21; 7:30 pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre we once again present our Neck of the Woods variety show. A Neck of the Woods evening consists of four or more varying performance art acts. All performing artists are from our area and are volunteers who participate in the event out of a love for what they do and a desire to share their work.

Performing on July 21 are Writer/Storyteller Drew Bridges (Ambrose Bierce monologue), Pianist/Singer Ronald Williams (Jazz & Gospel music), Dancer Mariya Dashkina Maddux (original dance work), and Free, Loose & Naked (comedy improv). Don’t miss this great show! Get tickets (just $5) online or at the Renaissance Centre ticket desk before or at the performance. There will be a cash bar for beer, wine, and other refreshments.

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Music, Music, Music …

Six Sundays in Spring at Beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park

Six Sundays in Spring at Beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park

Our Six Sundays in Spring concert series at Joyner Park continues on Mother’s Day, May 14 with the EG Peters Band. Bring family, friends and a picnic or purchase from a variety of food vendors. Enjoy Joyner Park, dance a little, and be sure to stop by the Wake Forest Arts booth to say hello.

Music at Midday resumes on May 18 with Leon & Jacob Holt performing some of your favorite jazz standards from Noon to 1:00 pm. This brown-bag, lunchtime series takes place in Centennial Plaza at the Wake Forest Town Hall (301 S. Brooks Street) on Thursdays in May and September.

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Mad Hatters Artist & Garden Tour on May 13

Bucket of Geraniums by Patricia Pruett

Bucket of Geraniums by Patricia Pruett

Wake Forest Arts and the Wake Forest Guild of Artists were pleased to work with the Wake Forest Garden Club to place artists in the gardens that comprise the Mad Hatters Artist & Garden Tour. Eleven area artists will show and sell their creations in ten gardens located on North Main Street and in the Kenwood neighborhood of Wake Forest.

The tour is Saturday, May 13 from 10 am to 4 pm and is held in conjunction with the Garden Club’s annual Mad Hatters’ High Tea and Vintage Car Show. Tickets for the tea and the tour are available online and at local merchants. On event day purchase ticket at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. See you in the gardens on May 13 …

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Music at Midday is back!

music-at-midday-logoWeekly Lunchtime Concerts May 11-June 1

A recent addition to Wake Forest Arts’ musical lineup is the Music at Midday concert series. These brown-bag lunchtime concerts are presented on Thursdays in May and September from Noon-1 pm at Centennial Plaza in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall. A different food truck will be there each week serving dessert items.

The May Midday concert series starts on May 11 and concludes on June 1. Each concert features a different band. May 11 is Hope & Blake Anderson (Acoustic Americana), May 18 is Lee & Jacob Holt (Keyboard/Vocals), May 25 is Williams & Custer (70s Rock) and June 1 is Capital Transit (Jazz, Blues, DooWop).

Hope you’ll join us on Thursdays in May!

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Six Sundays in Spring Starts April 30

Six Sundays Logo CroppedEach spring for more than 20 years, the volunteers of Wake Forest Arts have presented the free, family-friendly Six Sundays concerts. The series is held at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest on consecutive Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm starting April 30 and concluding June 4.

Concert-goers are invited to bring family, friends, a picnic (or choose from the offerings of five food trucks) and enjoy a different type of music each week. Concerts this year include Jazz, Celtic Rock, Beach Music, Bluegrass, Folk/Americana, and a Mariachi Band.

Six Sundays is co-sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest. Special thanks also this year to The Wege Foundation, Wake Forest Authors Lauren & Drew Bridges, the Realtors of the Allen Tate Rogers Road office, and Sam’s Express Car Wash. PineCone presents the June 4 concert.

Hope to see you on Sundays!


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Wake Forest Arts sponsors September Dance Festival in Joyner Park!

DanceFestivalLogoWake Forest Arts invites you to join us as a proud sponsor of the Wake Forest Dance Festival. This unique event is scheduled on Saturday, September 30 at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park. The festival features national professional and regional dancers along with local rising advanced dance students. During the day, dancers will perform in different areas of the park and facilitate education stations. The event will be free and open to the public.

Masha Dashkina Maddux, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, states, The vision for the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring a day of dance to our community in an outdoor setting. Whether rekindling an existing passion or sparking a newfound interest in this remarkable art form, through dance, we hope to bring the community together for a day of performances, new experiences, making memories with neighbors and new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of the art of expression through movement and its historical significance.”

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Mardi Gras kicks off Saturday, February 25!

mardi_gras_602x401-2Join Wake Forest Arts this Saturday, February 25 at the Mardi Gras celebration for a free, takeaway Kids Kraft event. From 11am-1pm at Town Hall, we’ll work with kids of all ages to create a special Mardi Gras necklace! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Call for Musicians – Midday Music at Miller (deadline March 10, 2016)

Miller-Park-1The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Arts are excited to offer solo musicians and bands of all genres the opportunity to play at a lunchtime concert series at Miller Park (the park next to town hall) in Downtown Wake Forest. Musicians are needed for May 12 and May 26 concerts. Budget limit is $100 per ensemble.

Midday Music at Miller will be presented free to the community by the Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Arts. The concert series will take place each Thursday in May from 12:15-1:15 pm. Two food trucks (one serving entree items, one serving dessert items) will be present at each concert.

Interested solo musicians and bands can email president@wakeforestarts.org to express interest in performing on either May 12 or May 26. Email should include: Name of Musician/Band, Solo or Group?, Contact Information (name, phone, email), Brief Bio, Social Media Links, Music Sample Link (Video Preferred). Please attach Technical Rider/Stage Plot and Photo (high quality).

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Forest Moon Theater needs you!

BestChristmasPageant_Final-web-300x106Forest Moon’s upcoming production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens less than three weeks from now on December 10, and they need volunteers to work as spotlight operators and stagehands. If you are interested in working one of the spotlights or being part of the deck crew for this production, and if you are available to attend two or more of the rehearsals the week before we open, and to work two or more of the performances, please get in touch at office@forestmoontheater.org.

Fundraising Campaign Progress Report
In the first week of our fundraising campaign to purchase equipment for Forest Moon, eight individuals and groups have donated $832, which is 76% of the $1,100 needed to purchase two spotlights for future productions! Please consider helping to raise the additional money for the spotlights and other equipment on their list. To contribute, visit the fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/forestmoontheater.

Advance Tickets for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Tickets for Forest Moon’s next production went on sale November 1. All six performances are December 11, 12 and 13 at the Renaissance Centre. The two morning performances for schools have already sold out, and tickets for the remaining four performances are selling quickly, and only a few tickets remain for opening night! Buy yours early at a discounted price while they are still available. Show information and tickets.

Auditions for The Hundred Dresses
Auditions for our spring Youth Theater musical are December 16 and 17 at the Renaissance Centre. Rehearsals will begin after Christmas. Audition information

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Sunday Concert at Joyner Park, September 6, 2015

lakotajohnWake Forest ARTS, PineCone and the Town of Wake forest are teaming up to offer another free concert in the Joyner Park Amphitheater from 5-7 p.m this Sunday, September 6th, featuring Lakota John & Kin. Lakota John & Kin offer a blend of ancient Native American harmonies and traditional blues. Lakota John is joined by Mama Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla. A proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians, Lakota John & Kin are based in Robeson County, North Carolina. Lakota John, at just 18-years-old, is a master guitarist with a voice that sounds beyond his years. He grew up listening to his dad’s music collection, and picked up the harmonica at the age of seven and the guitar at the age of nine. The band’s debut record features their signature blending of traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottle-neck slide guitar and a mix of Chicago electric blues. Locklear’s unique sound is also sprinkled with a bit of harmonica and influences from his indigenous heritage, including sounds of the Native American flute.

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