Artsplosure-Raleigh Arts Festival

Art for All

RALEIGH, NC   |  artsplosure.org

Mission

Art for all. Artsplosure produces quality events that make the works of the region’s most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire increased appreciation for and participation in the visual and performing arts.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Mr. Robert Michael Lowder

Main address

19 W. Hargett Street, Suite 310

RALEIGH, NC 27601 USA

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EIN

58-1387567

NTEE code info

Community Celebrations (A27)

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First Night Raleigh

A season's worth of performing, visual, and interactive art all in one day, First Night Raleigh takes place on New Year's Eve in 25+ indoor and outdoor venues in a 17+ block area of downtown, including Fayetteville Street, NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences, COR Museum, Marbles Kids Museum, PNC Plaza,
Highway Building, and many downtown churches. FNR will fill these venues, offering art and entertainment for all ages in family-friendly setting, including participatory art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy, and dance. Festivities will begin with the early afternoon Children's Celebration on Bicentennial Plaza and in the NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences, followed by the 6 PM People's Procession. The Evening Celebration will feature performances in multiple locations and concludes with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the “Raleigh Acorn” drop at 7 PM and Midnight, and a fireworks show. FNR's enduring popularity is a result of programming decisions based on the “Four Pillars of First Night,” which are: (1) focusing on the arts and the active participation of artists; (2) creating a sense of community and shared destiny among an increasingly diverse population; (3) creatively marking the passage of time in a participatory manner; and (4) offering celebratory and engaging programs that reflect the capacity of people, individually and collectively, to make new beginnings. These tenets distinguish First Night Raleigh from other civic events and ensure that the FNR audience is comprised of people of every race, age, gender, and social status. Anticipated attendance = 50,000 people.

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Adults
Children and youth

Live & Local Spring Fest is presented in partnership with Live It Up! Hillsborough Street in mid-April in the 2300-2400 blocks of Hillsborough Street, across from NC State University's original campus. This free-to-the-public festival features: (1) area artists and fine crafters exhibiting and selling one-of-a-kind, original works; (2) community groups working to improve and enliven the Hillsborough Street corridor and NC State campus organizations; (3) musicians, dancers, and performers in multiple genres; and (4) interactive and enriching activities for school children and their parents. Anticipated attendance = 12,000 people.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival takes place in downtown Raleigh on the third weekend in May. Venues include Moore Square and three to four blocks of Fayetteville Street. Since its founding in 1980, this award-winning "discovery" festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art and, often times, the unexpected. It features both national artists who are receiving critical acclaim and are under-exposed to North Carolina audiences and some of the city and state’s best emerging performing and visual artists to new audiences. This free-to-the-public festival’s principal components are: (1) the juried Art Market, featuring the talents of more than 175+ visual arts and crafts exhibitors (selected from a pool of 400 applicants) from across NC and the nation, who compete for six merit awards totaling $3,500; (2) Kidsplosure, multiple interactive educational activities and entertainment for children and their parents; (3) specially-commissioned, large-scale, interactive visual art installations; (4) Aerialists and/or other unique variety performers; (5) the Student Art Exhibition showcasing the two and three dimensional art work of Wake County public and private middle and high school students; and (6) ongoing musical performances in multiple genres. Artsplosure is consistently voted the "Triangle's BEST Outdoor Event" by readers of the Triangle Downtowner Magazine and is currently ranked 36th in the nation by Sunshine Artists. In 2018, Artsplosure won the Carolinas AAA Member's Choice award as "Best Festival in NC." Anticipated attendance = 80,000.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Artsplosure-Raleigh Arts Festival

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Elizabeth Hedrick

Fox Rothschild LLP

Term: 2020 - 2022

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