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United Arts Council

February 4, 2020

The 10th Annual State of Arts and Culture in Wake County held on January 29, 2020 at NC Museum of History was presented by: the United Arts Council. The UAC of Raleigh and Wake County’s goal is to build better communities through support and advocacy of the arts. The audience was welcomed by the Board chair, Mark Steward; then a message from current President, Eleanor Oakley saying that she will be watching as she departs from this position, and then remarks from incoming President, Charles Phaneuf. Cultural updates were given by Sarah Powers, Executive Director, Debbie Dunn, Manager of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Freddie-Lee Heath, Director of Arts Education, WCPSS. There were special presentations of the 2020 Awards for the Business Support of the Arts. It was presented by Mark Steward, and Adrienne Kelly-Lumpkin Those businesses were: Large Business: Wells Fargo, Small business: Greg Paul Builders, Inc. Individual/Foundation: Alec Donaldson and Arts Education: Mimi Herman. Entertainment of the Arts, were the Black Box Dance Theatre and the Raleigh Boychoir. The statistics of the Arts in schools, presented a phenomenal impact on our youth. A higher percentage rate of students in the arts program also graduate from High School. Parents and the community need to support the United Arts Council, encourage our young people by enabling them with funds needed to be engaged, promote their talents, and to help them excel to spark hidden talents. The Raleigh Boychoir and other youth in the Arts program serenaded us with beautiful songs taught by Artistic Director Jeremy C. Tucker. Under his leadership, there were Malcolm Vaughn, Student Conductor, and Marcel Pietrus Student Accompanist.

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