Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Governor’s School Participants Announced

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to attend the 2017 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School:

 

SELECTED STUDENT AREA CAMPUS SCHOOL
Samantha Gephart Art East TSHS
Jaelyn Wilson Choral Music (Soprano II) East MHCHS
Portia Washington English East PFHS
Hahn Lheem Instrumental Music (Cello) West JBHS
David Li Instrumental Music(Violin) West TSHS
Daniel Soliman Math West PFHS
Nicole Delmolino Math West TSHS
Nikhil Gordon Math West TSHS
Rebecca Black Math East TSHS
Shen Chung Math West RRCHS
Andrew Esterly Natural Science West GCHS
Brianna Chan Natural Science West JBHS
Catherine Walwer Natural Science West DBHS
Kelly He Natural Science West JBHS
Selena Beal Natural Science West TSHS
Arington Duffer Social Science East PFHS
Ellin Heidgerken Social Science West PFHS
Janasia Miller Social Science East EESHS
Mary E Vorder Bruegge Spanish West MHCHS

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students that integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses (Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh). The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.
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Published on March 31, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

 

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Middle School Forensics Tournament, held March 4 at New Century International Middle School, served as the culminating event for a season of competition that also included three Fall Festivals, three Mini-Tournaments, and two District Tournaments.

Over 230 middle school students from all 16 CCS’ middle schools competed for first- through tenth-place honors in three rounds of competition.  Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling and Public Forum.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category were as follows:

 

EVENT STUDENT(S) SCHOOL HEAD COACH
Humorous Interpretation Lilli Mikesell New Century International Middle Isaac Frazier
Dramatic Interpretation Majesty Smith South View Middle Diane Speights
Extemporaneous Speaking Cadyn Taylor Mac Williams Middle Amy Tarrillion
Original Oratory Naina Mittal Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel
Storytelling Mya Bartell South View Middle Diane Speights
DUO Interpretation Hezekiah Bryant & Kenneth Ritchie Max Abbot Middle Jennifer Mullen
Public Forum Amira Gunther & Chidimma Umerah Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel

 

First- through fourth-place Sweepstakes Awards were also given to those schools that accumulated the most points through student placement. Schools that received Sweepstakes Awards were as follows:

 

First Place          Seventy First Classical Middle, Valerie Israel, Head Coach

Second Place     Mac Williams Middle, Amy Tarrillion, Head Coach

Third Place        Gray’s Creek Middle, Leslie Craig, Head Coach

Fourth Place      South View Middle, Diane Speights, Head Coach

 

The Middle School Forensics program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants by focusing on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.           

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Published on March 24, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Fayetteville PWC Employees Receive 11th United Way ‘s Spirit of NC Award

The United Way of North Carolina has awarded the Fayetteville Public Works Commission its Spirit of North Carolina Award  for outstanding support of the United Way.  It’s the 11th time since 2004 PWC has received the honor and  PWC was one of 29 award winners at the United Way of NC’s Annual Meeting held in Greensboro, NC in February. The awards are sponsored annually  to provide statewide recognition for outstanding commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement.

In 2016, PWC employees pledged  $113,985 and a record high 99.1% of PWC’s 604 employees contributed to the United Way and the number of PWC employees giving at the Leadership level ($1,000+) increased to 36.

The Spirit Awards are designed to recognize companies and their employees that demonstrate campaign excellence and community commitment.   In addition to contributions made during the campaign, many PWC employees serve in volunteer roles on the United Way Board, volunteer committees and as Loaned Executives throughout the year. PWC Senior Customer Programs Officer Mark Brown, Director of Financial Planning, Rhonda Haskins and Budget Manager, Rhonda Graham currently serve on the Board.    PWC also partners with the United Way to provide NC211, a free, 24-hour multi-lingual telephone referral service.

PWC was also recognized by the United Way of Cumberland County, receiving the Chairman’s Award and the Marquis Award for having the highlight number of Leadership givers.    Graham, a United Way Board member, was also named Community Volunteer of the Year.

Published on March 8, 2017 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 19 – 25, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools throughout the Cumberland County School system will observe a pupil holiday/teacher workday on Monday, February 20.

 

CCS to Host ICL
The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will play host to nearly 35 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the CCS’ Central Services’ Board Room. During their visit, the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) participants will learn how to effectively serve on the School Board or on any other local board or commission. Also, the participants will engage in a panel discussion about community volunteerism and how to become mentor to a young child or teen in need. Reps from the school system and several community groups will share information with the participants about various mentor opportunities and ways they can make a difference in the life of a child.

 

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville.  The committee meetings are open to the public.

 

Digital Learning Day Observance
In observance of Digital Learning Day (February 23), the fifth graders at Westarea Elementary School will participate in student-led presentations and exhibitions about the various biomes of the world using digital technology. The STEM experience gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 in the school’s cafetorium. For additional information, call the school at 910.488.1705.

 

BIG Chinese New Year Celebration
CCS’ World Language Department presents its Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Seventy-First High School. The public has also been invited to attend and enjoy the numerous informational booths, games, and interactive activities from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail carmenvillalobos@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

Honoring the Past to Strengthen the Future
Westarea Elementary School will be presenting its annual Black History programs on Friday, February 24. This year’s theme is the African-American Contributors Awards. The student-led performing arts program honors the contributions of current and historic African-American men and women who have made a difference, motivated a change, created new opportunities, and achieved the unachievable. The first program featuring kindergarten through second graders will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the program highlighting third through fifth graders starts at 1:00 p.m.

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Published on February 21, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for January 2017

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 12 – 18, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize January’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients, the Cape Fear High School Varsity Football Team as the 2016 NC Eastern 4-A Champs, the 2017 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recipients, local North Carolina School Public Relations Association 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winners, and members of the Board of Education. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Gran’daddy Junebug to Pay Visit to Elementary School
During a special assembly at Glendale Acres Elementary School, the students, faculty, and staff will get the chance to hear master storyteller Mitch ‘Gran’daddy Junebug’ Capel perform on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:15 p.m. According to event organizers, his performance promises to be high energy with lots of audience participation. The school’s PTA matched a grant with the Arts Council to bring Gran’daddy Junebug to the school for an assembly. The Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program is supported in part by the CCS, the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County. For more information, contact Deborah Dowd at 910.484.9031.

 

“At Hope Mills Middle School, We Love Our Bus Drivers!”

In observance of Love the Bus/Bus Driver Appreciation Week, 10 local officials have been invited by the staff at Hope Mills Middle School (HMMS) to see their bus drivers in action on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Community officials will be assigned to ride one of the 10 buses leaving the middle school to drop students off at their homes. According HMMS administrators, almost three quarters of their student body (about 422 students) ride their school buses each day to and/or from school. For more information about the special appreciation observance, contact HMMS Assistant Principal Melissa Davis at 910.425.5106.

 

Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car

As part of the Beasley Media Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, CCS’ seniors and their parents will gather in the Crown Arena on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2016 Kia Soul. To qualify, the seniors must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and have no more than five absences during the qualification period. In conjunction with the CCS and other community partners, Beasley Media Group has joined with Fayetteville Kia and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for their academic performance. 

 

Cumberland County Spelling Bee Competition

Fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Cumberland County will put their spelling skills to the test on Friday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The final rounds of Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee competition will take place in Room 3 of the Educational Resource Center, located at the 396 Elementary Drive 28301/Fayetteville.

 

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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The All-American Tattoo Convention Gives Back to Military

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) welcomes The All American Tattoo Convention to the Crown Complex Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017. The goal of the convention is to give the brave servicemen and women of the armed forces the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the industry’s brightest stars as well as providing support to the military through donations to several organizations. Home of Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the country, Cumberland County is the ideal location to host one of the South’s most popular tattoo conventions.

Members of the armed forces and tattoos have a long history, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. For many service members tattoos can serve as artistic reminders of friends they’ve made and lost along the way, or a symbol of pride for their service to our country. These tattoos often tell the story that words fail to express for these veterans and servicemen.

It is estimated that over 75% of all active duty soldiers have at least one tattoo and the region around Fort Bragg has one of the largest tattoo shop per square mile ratios in the country. “This convention is another example of how Cumberland County celebrates its strong ties to the military,” explains John Meroski, FACVB President. “Tattoos offer these brave men and woman a unique form of expression that is American at its core.”

In addition to some of Cumberland County’s brightest tattoo stars, other notable artists are traveling across the country to participate in the convention. Talent includes veteran tattoo artists Peter Justice, Chris Saint Clark, Dave Clarke & Chris Blinston as well as some of the world’s most sought after tattoo artists, Kristel Oreto, Carl Grace, Pete Terranova & Marshall Bennett. Big Gus & Jasmine Rodriguez from Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares; Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and James Vaughn, Madison Loftis and TJ Hal from Ink Master are just a few of the other tattoo artists coming to the area. Additional events and personalities include the Half Pint Brawlers, The New Olde City SideShow, Burlesque & Pin-Up show, Fayetteville Rouge Rollergirls and EmCee Dr. Carl Blasphemy.

The All American Tattoo Convention wants to recognize the sacrifices of the military by giving back to this courageous community. “The All American Tattoo Convention is currently working closely with Operation Tattooing Freedom, a non profit organization that helps veterans with PTSD.” says Ryan Harrell who is a native of Fayetteville NC. “Even though we are already working with nonprofits we are still looking for organizations to help. We want to help as many of our service members as possible. If you would like to submit your veteran or military service member non profit organization for donations please email your proposal to allamericantattooconvention@gmail.com.”

ABOUT THE FACVB: The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning the communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual and group travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217

Published on February 7, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:

Date                            Attendance Area                                          Location

Friday, Feb. 24            Douglas Byrd                                                   *ERC

Friday, March 3           Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View           Gray’s Creek Recreation Center

Friday, March 10         Pine Forest/E.E. Smith                                  College Lakes Recreation Center

Friday, March 17         Seventy-First/Westover                                 Westover Recreation Center

Friday, March 24         Cape Fear                                                          Eastover Recreation Center

* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.

For more information, call 910.483.7370.

Published on February 3, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 29 – February 4, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Required Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools that follow the Traditional calendar will observe a pupil holiday/required teacher workday on Monday, January 30.

School System to Meet with the Legislative Delegation
The Cumberland County Board of Education and the Cumberland County Legislative Delegation will meet to discuss items of mutual importance. The meeting will take place on Friday, February 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306. The meeting is open to the public.

Looking Ahead …

Upcoming Observances

February 5 – 11 — CCS’ Suicide Awareness Week

February 6 – 10 — National School Counseling Week

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Recognizing & Celebrating School Counselors

Fayetteville – National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition to those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, which are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Cumberland County Schools’ Counseling Coordinator Kristy Curran.

In a proclamation signed by the Cumberland County Board of Education Chair, Curran cited school counselors for (1) being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; (2) working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of rearing children in today’s world; (3) focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational, and career development; and (4) working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., the executive director of ASCA. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

 

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, the Cumberland County School system, as a whole, will be recognizing its school counselors with an appreciation breakfast, while individual schools will choose to recognize with different activities. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. Additional information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more school counselors around the globe.

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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“It’s OK 2 Ask”

Fayetteville – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is observing Suicide Awareness Week from February 5 – 11.  CCS’ staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by (1) spreading the word; (2) knowing the signs; and
(3) knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  The Cumberland County School system joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”
  3. Send your photo to shirleycarter@ccs.k12.nc.us
  4. Look for the photo gallery on the CCS’ Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are as follows: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves; making preparations, e.g., trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves; talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness; withdrawing from friends, family, or school; and experiencing difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time. (Note: This is not an exhaustive or definitive list. These are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.)  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • 485.4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • 510.9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • 615.3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 273.TALK (8255)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Hotline
    • 273.8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • 799.4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • 628.9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services, at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Black History Month exhibit features nationally acclaimed artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Kinney, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
maryk@theartscouncil.com
www.theartscouncil.com/reflections
Private collection reveals the culture and identity of African-American life in the 20th Century

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to announce Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, an exhibition which honors the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans in the 20th century.

Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council at 301 Hay Street from Feb. 4 through March 4. The exhibition is offered for free on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Comprised of paintings, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper, the exhibition is thoughtfully curated to reflect the culture and experiences of African Americans, celebrating their unique style, and providing insight into their Southern roots and migratory history.

The imagery in Reflections focuses primarily on narrative works and landscapes of everyday life, past and present. With this diverse selection, figurative artworks lead viewers on a journey into memory and beyond. Each piece reveals a portion of the inspiring story of the African diaspora that the entire collection portrays so elegantly.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Friday, February 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exclusive opening premiere reception with Myrna Colley-Lee featuring a one-time showing of select costumes created by the collector, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and jazz music by Reggie Codrington. $50 per person ($45 for Arts Council members). Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep Arts Council exhibits free and open to the public. Very limited seating. (Payment due upon reservation.) Click here to purchase tickets now.

Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
Free meet and greet with Myrna Colley-Lee and exhibit tour. Galleries remain open until 4 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Carole Boston Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly. No admission cost.

Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Youth Explosion performances of singing, dancing and more! Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, this is a free event offered to the public.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, John Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer Clay,Gerald DeLoach, Randy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey (“Window” by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographerJames Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland Freeman,Milly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections.

The Reflections collection both represents a dialogue between the artists and the ever-evolving African-American identity, and reflects the attitude and eye of Colley-Lee — artist and cultural connoisseur with great respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition.

ABOUT THE COLLECTOR

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in the Black Theatre Movement. Born in North Carolina, Colley-Lee has been a world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

Colley-Lee is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission. She serves on the Acquisitions Committee of the Mississippi Museum of Art and on the Advisory Boards of both the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University.

Getting her start in the 1960s and continuing to design for regional theatres today, Colley-Lee is credited as one of the foremost costume designers in the Black Theatre Movement.  Her work was featured in the exhibition Songs of Social Significance at the Tobin Collection Gallery of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, in 2012.  The exhibition showcased costumes, renderings and collages from plays and a study of her design process.

In 2006, following the success of several small regional shows, the Mississippi Museum of Art organized a major exhibition called GladRags: Sketches, Swatches, and Costume Designs by Myrna Colley-Lee.  It toured to more than a dozen venues.

Also in 2006, Colley-Lee established SonEdna, an organization that celebrates and promotes literary arts and writers of all genres and backgrounds in the greater Mississippi Delta community, and the world. In her role as Founder and President, Colley-Lee travels nationally as an advocate of the literary arts while advancing the cause of her foundation and establishing relationships with other organizations. Believing that people are empowered through the literary arts, her primary vision is to promote the essential value of literature by providing a quality artistic and intellectual environment for writers and the public. The SonEdna Organization delivers creative and transformative programming in order to develop new writers and readers.

Colley-Lee has received numerous awards, including Honored Artist from the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award; the Exemplary Arts Service Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education; Outstanding Costume Design from the National Black Theatre Festival; the Wynona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Designer from the Black Theatre Network; a Doctor of Creative Arts (honoris causa) from Mississippi State University; among others.

Colley-Lee is the recipient of a M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design from Temple University. She studied scene painting and properties at Brooklyn College and completed her B.F.A. in Art Education at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

To request high-resolution images and/or interviews, contact Mary Kinney at maryk@theartscouncil.com. For more information about the exhibition, collector and related programming, visitwww.TheArtsCouncil.com/reflections.

THE EXHIBITION IS ADMISSION-FREE THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS:

Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing & Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute PA

Terminix

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

SfL+a Architects

And generous individual community donors.

With support from: Macy’s

Media sponsors: The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio

Funded in part by Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.

ABOUT IA&A

Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee. IA&A is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



Spoken Word Ignites the Night during January Fourth Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Kinney, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
maryk@theartscouncil.com
www.theartscouncil.com/reflections
Visual Art Inspires Spoken Word for January 4th Friday

What do people think when they see Ernest Crichlow’s painting Window? Better still, what do people SAY
about it? Local artists are invited to put their impressions about visual art into words and present their poetry for a chance to win $150 in prizes.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to partner with OUR P.L.A.C.E., a local cultural arts non-profit that holds monthly poetry events, for special programming at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.) during 4th Friday on Jan. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event, Poetry and Reflections,will feature local artists performing poems inspired by the upcoming exhibition,Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Feb. 4, honors the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans in the 20th century.

The poetry event will be divided into two performance segments: open mic followed by competition. During the open mic portion, people are invited to speak on the topics of their choosing (no registration required). Individuals participating in the competition portion must perform original poems inspired by artwork in the upcoming Reflections exhibition. There is no fee to participate, but  space is limited and registration is required for competing artists. To sign up, go to the event on OUR P.L.A.C.E.’s Facebook page or e-mailourplacenpo@gmail.com. The competition will be judged by randomly selected audience members. Winners will receive $150 in cash prizes.

REFLECTIONS SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exclusive opening premiere reception with Myrna Colley-Lee featuring a one-time showing of select costumes created by the collector, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and jazz music by Reggie Codrington. $50 per person ($45 for Arts Council members). Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep Arts Council exhibits free and open to the public. Very limited seating. (Payment due upon reservation.) Click here to purchase tickets now.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
Free meet and greet with Myrna Colley-Lee and exhibit tour. Galleries remain open until 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
Carole Boston Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly. No admission cost.

Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Youth Explosion performances of singing, dancing and more! Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, this is a free event offered to the public.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council at 301 Hay Street from Feb. 4 through March 4. Theexhibition is offered for free on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, John Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer Clay,Gerald DeLoach, Randy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey (“Window” by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographerJames Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland Freeman,Milly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections.

The Reflections collection both represents a dialogue between the artists and the ever-evolving African-American identity, and reflects the attitude and eye of Colley-Lee — artist and cultural connoisseur with great respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition.

ABOUT THE COLLECTOR

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in the Black Theatre Movement. Born in North Carolina, Colley-Lee has been a world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

To request high-resolution images and/or interviews, contact Mary Kinney at maryk@theartscouncil.com. For more information about theexhibition, collector and related programming, visitwww.TheArtsCouncil.com/reflections.

THE EXHIBITION IS ADMISSION-FREE THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS:

Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing & Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute PA 

Terminix

Piedmont Natural Gas

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

SfL+a Architects

And generous individual community donors.

With support from: Macy’s

Media sponsors: The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio

Funded in part by Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.

ABOUT IA&A

Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee. IA&A is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November & December 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Four students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building.

The November 2016 honoree is as follows:

Hailey Blair, a sixth grader at Gray’s Creek Middle School (GCMS)According to Patricia Brewer, Hailey’s English/Language Arts teacher, the 11 year old is a “great person who is a good example for her peers.” Recently, Hailey received a graded paper from one of her teachers. Upon reviewing the graded paper, she noticed that her teacher had incorrectly scored it. The circled grade on the front of the paper was slightly higher than what it should have been. “Hailey respectfully brought this error to the attention of her teacher,” said Brewer. “Because of Hailey’s honesty and integrity in this situation, the teacher rewarded her by letting her keep those few extra points.”

The December 2016 honorees are as follows:

Margaret “Maggie” Kane, a third grader at Long Hill Elementary School – During Maggie’s recent participation in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, Mary Katherine Mouton, Maggie’s third-grade teacher, said the eight year old “demonstrated courage, compassion, and empathy that is remarkable for anyone, much less an eight year old.” According to Mouton, Maggie, who has a close relative that is a cancer survivor, decided two years ago to grow her hair and donate it to a child who has lost their hair because of cancer. Through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, Maggie and her family sponsored a fundraising event at a local pizza restaurant. More than $10,000 was raised through the effort and “true to her word,” Maggie had her head shaved and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. “Maggie is an inspiration and model for all of us!” said Mouton. “Thank you, Maggie!”

 

Miranda Draughon, a fourth grader at Gray’s Creek Elementary School – According to Kelly Tucker, the media coordinator at Miranda’s school, the 10 year old is “a child with exceptional character.” During the Cumberland County Schools’ annual Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon for literacy effort, Miranda decided to take action by helping to buy books for the school media center. Tucker said she didn’t ask her parents for money or raid her piggy bank. Instead, Miranda enlisted the help of two friends from her church to help make bookmarks to sell at church. “As a result of her leadership, caring, and sense of responsibility, Miranda raised $28 for our library,” said Tucker.

Jayden Townsend, a fifth grader at Morganton Road Elementary School – Courtney Sides, the school counselor at Jayden’s school, said that the 10 year old demonstrated an incredible amount of bravery and caring when recently, she saved her brother who was being viciously attacked by a dog. According to Sides, in November, Jayden, her mother, and little brother were visiting the home of friends in South Carolina. Jayden went outside to check on her brother when she noticed a dog [Rottweiler] on top of her brother. “She ran over, picked up the dog, and threw him,” said Sides. “Jayden picked up her brother and tried to get him into the house, but the dog attacked again.” She put her brother down and told him to run into the house while she fended off the dog. According to Sides, Jayden’s brother was hospitalized, but has since returned to school. “She thought of her brother before herself,” said Sides. “She put herself in harm’s way to rescue him. It is not every day that you see someone help others, much less put themselves at risk. Through her heroic acts, she saved her little brother. We feel as though she should be recognized for her bravery and heroism.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 8 -14, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize the recipients of the newly created CCS’ Champion of Children Award and November and December’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

January 2017 Get Connected TV Show: “Cumberland Polytechnic High School: The Polytech Way– During January’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Cumberland Polytechnic High School Principal Dan Krumanocker, School Counselor Brittany Raines, and Students Asia Hannans and Jared Little. They are discussing the numerous learning opportunities at the school system’s newest high school that is located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Looking Ahead …

MLK Day Observance & Teacher Workday w/Staff Development
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a pupil/teacher holiday will be observed by the Cumberland County Schools on Monday, January 16. Central Services will be closed as well. A pupil holiday/required teacher workday/staff development day will be observed on Tuesday, January 17 at schools that do not follow the traditional calendar. 

Middle & High School Choice Fair & Parent Meeting
The CCS system will sponsor its 2017-2018 Secondary Choice Fair on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) auditorium, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville.  The Fair will highlight booths from area middle and high schools that have information about Choice schools, academies, or programs that are accepting student applications for next school year.  Also, a Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting will take place from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 3 at ERC. For more information about the Secondary Choice Fair or the Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting, call 910.678.2407.
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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Explore the Arts Spring ‘17 in Greater Fayetteville (NC)

Fayetteville, NC –  Lovers of arts don’t have to look further than the communities of Cumberland County (NC) to explore their passions. The community boasts 21 exhibits in the first six months of 2017.  A few of the exhibitions, which feature a range of mediums, are highlighted below. For all exhibits in Cumberland County, go to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

On January 9th at 7 pm, Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University opens The Body as a Photographic Narrative: Works by Gray Lyons. The artist is a contemporary photographer that uses 19th century monochrome photographic process called cyanotype. As the name suggests, the process creates cyan-blue images.   www.FSUArts.com

On February 3, Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Collet-Lee collection opens at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Reflections is a celebration of African-American identity through paintings, collages, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper. The exhibit includes noted artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Gwen Knight and James Van Der Zee. See this exhibition during regular gallery hours through March 4.  www.TheArtsCouncil.com

On February 9,  the David McCune International Art Gallery opens “Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography.” The collection chronicles the progression of photography from the painterly  Impressionistic work to the modernist aesthetic that calls for photographs to represent the real world.  The 46-piece exhibition is organized around Alfred Stieglitz, famed American photographer and husband of Georgia O’Keefe. The exhibition closes April 8. www.DavidMccuneGallery.org

From February 24 to April 8, the Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University hosts An Invitational Exhibition of Women Artists featuring the work of Sonya Clark.  The exhibition features Clark along with acclaimed women artists of color from across the United States. www.FSUArts.com

From March 24 through April 25, Cape Fear Studios presents Cats, Dogs & Ewe Pet, an exhibition of guest artists’ work depicting their pets. This is an invitation-only exhibition. www.CapeFearStudios.com

From April 8 through May 27, Ellington-White Gallery hosts an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Savannah, GA based artist Randy Akers. Akers presents a collection of site specific and memory based paintings from locations in the Low Country. www.Ellington-White.com

On June 23, Cape Fear Studios opens the 2017 National 2-D Competition and Exhibit. In its ninth year, this exhibition draws artists from throughout the United States. www.CapeFearStudios.com

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About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on December 13, 2016 by Melody Foote  
http://www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com


Papermaking Workshops Offered Free for Adults and Children

Make a one-of-a-kind gift from recycled clothing during “Transformation” exhibition

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Photo courtesy of artist and educator Trish Brownlee

As the Arts Council’s recycled art exhibition “Transformation” comes to a close, members of the community are invited to create their own artwork — just in time for the gift-giving season.

Join local artist and educator Trish Brownlee for a free workshop in papermaking on Dec. 10 at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.). Participants will turn military uniforms, tattered t-shirts and threadbare blue jeans into handmade sheets of rag paper. In this 2-hour workshop, Brownlee teaches traditional papermaking methods to pulp, pull and create original artwork with this recycled paper.

Space is limited and registration is required for these workshops:

Transformational Paper: The Art of Papermaking from Recycled Clothing

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10

Student Workshop (6th-12th Grade): 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Adult Workshop: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

The workshops are free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Call (910) 323-1776 or e-mail admin@theartscouncil.com

Each participant will be guided through all steps of the papermaking process, made from recycled rag such as t-shirts, blue jeans and military uniforms. They will leave with a completed artwork on a sheet of handmade paper.

The public is welcome to view the workshop and demos, as well as purchase Breaking Rag t-shirts and handmade paper works created by Brownlee. Much of the artwork in the Arts Council exhibition is also for sale.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Local artist and educator Trish Brownlee serves as the Arts Integration Facilitator, Arts Co-Chair at The Capital Encore Academy. Prior to becoming an art educator, Brownlee spent eight years serving the military and civil service as a photographer, while pursuing her education in the fine arts. Brownlee is a professional, exhibiting artist, a published photographer, and advocate in the local arts community. She works in mixed media, to include printmaking, papermaking, photography, painting and assemblage. She launched the Breaking Rag Project as a full mobile papermaking studio, complete with a rare portable Hollander Beater, in 2016 as a means of creating a space for collaborative creation and community art.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Transformation: Recycling Reclaimed Objects Into Art features artists who have a knack for repurposing objects to create fine art. The show is open through Dec. 10. Go on a whimsical journey as recycle artists think about discarded materials in a new way. The exhibit is sponsored by Pratt Industries, Waste Management, Waste Industries and OmniSource Southeast on behalf of the City of Fayetteville Environmental Services Department.

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

 

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Public Art Finds a Home in Downtown Fayetteville

Temporary art installations are officially introduced to community

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“Colorful” by Jonathan Bowling

The installation of 11 temporary pieces of public art will receive their official welcome into the Fayetteville community. A ribbon-cutting event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in front of The Arts Council (301 Hay St.) for “A Work in Progress: An Exhibition of Temporary Public Art Installations.” In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Arts Council gallery.

Work in placing the outdoor sculptures began in November and concluded in early December. The art will remain until October 2017.

The artists and artwork are varied. Phil Hathcock’s piece “Windstone,” made with aluminum, copper and brass, echoes the sounds of clacking bamboo when a good breeze blows near the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. Additional locations of the temporary pieces include Festival Park, City Hall and the Arts Council.

Support for the temporary public art project has been provided by private donors with matching funding from the Arts Council.
ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

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Southern Regional AHEC Receives $505,000 Grant from The Duke Endowment for Psychiatric Advance Directives

Fayetteville – Southern Regional Area Health Education Center of Fayetteville has received a $505,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the implementation and dissemination of mental health crisis planning through psychiatric advance directives. Psychiatric advance directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit individuals with mental illnesses to declare their preferences and instructions for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker through a health care power of attorney, in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. The Endowment grant will be used to train community volunteers to facilitate the completion of PADS and educate providers and health systems on how to use them.

“Psychiatric patients in crisis often experience prolonged hospital emergency room stays due to a statewide shortage of psychiatric beds and alternative community services,” says Southern Regional AHEC board member Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., professor and head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, director of the Duke AHEC Program and director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. “Many of these patients face these long stays, in part, because they are too ill to give a good history or consent to treatment.”

He also said that most people need help in creating psychiatric advance directives as legal documents and, until now, there have been few resources to help complete them. “We are excited that this timely funding from The Duke Endowment will help to facilitate training that has been shown to prevent and manage these psychiatric crises by providing clinicians with well-designed crisis plans, advance consent to treatment and a legally appointed person to make decisions for the patient during a crisis.” Training from the grant will be implemented through a unique partnership with the NC Evidence-Based Practice Center at SR-AHEC, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NC, the NC Division of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives at Duke, regional Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health Care organizations and clinicians across the state.

For more information on this grant program, contact SR-AHEC marketing director Karen Mantzouris at 910-678-7269 by telephone or by e-mail at karen.mantzouris@sr-ahec.org or visit our website at www.sr-ahec.org. Specific information on training will also be available on the NC EBP Center site at www.ncebp.org.
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.



Company with Diabetes Medical App to Collaborate With Southern Regional Area Health Education Center

Team leaders from Voluntis, Inc., a Paris-based medical technology company, are scheduled to visit Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, located at 1601 Owen Drive, on Tuesday, October 11th as part of an evidence-gathering mission. The company will collaborate with Southern Regional AHEC to optimize the way users in a family medicine setting interact with its digital diabetes products.

Pioneering therapeutic companion software, Voluntis innovates healthcare by embedding connectivity in therapeutics and medical intelligence in software. Dedicated to managing chronic conditions, Voluntis’ companion software aims to enable treatment personalization, to support team-care coordination and to improve real-world outcomes. Harnessing its proprietary technology, Voluntis has developed digital solutions for diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, anticoagulation treatments and hemophilia. Voluntis is headquartered in Paris, France, and has offices in Boston, USA.

 

Published on September 30, 2016 by Karen Mantzouris  
http://www.southernregionalahec.org


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