A lot of great things are happening in the Raleigh Arts Community!

I hope that everyone will have a chance to visit SPARKcon this weekend, it will be happening Thursday through Sunday downtown. If you had a chance to check it out last year, you know what an outstanding festival of creativity SPARKcon is! There is plenty to enjoy, and SPARKcon does a great job of highlighting art of all kinds. There are fifteen “sparks” this year: art, bazaar, circus, cyber, dance, design, fashion, film, graffiti, idea, music, poetry, tasty, theatre, and SPARKcon for kids!

Another exciting thing happening at SPARKcon this year will be the kickoff of a new Public Art Campaign! There will be range of events happening at SPARKcon to explore all of the reasons that “public art matters,” and the new campaign is entitled “Public Art is a Building Block.” The Raleigh Arts Commission has done a fantastic job promoting the arts and engaging the community in art projects and arts awareness over the past several years, we are excited to launch this new program!

There is also some District A arts news I would like to share with you all! Millbrook Exchange Park has become the home to Immigrant Gate II, a sculpture that originally came to Raleigh as part of the 2003-2004 Downtown Raleigh Sculpture Expo. Immigrant Gate II was created in Chicago in 1997, and spent three years touring the midwest. We are excited to have such a great peice of art in District A! Check it out next time you’re at Millbrook Exchange Park!

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