Posted on September 23, 2017

Happy 50th Birthday NC Arts Council

In honor of the 50th birthday of the North Carolina Arts Council, 50 acclaimed artists with North Carolina roots share their personal stories about why public funding for the arts matters.  We at North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns appreciate the achievements our state continues to make on the world around us.  Chef Vivian Howard is a culinary artist and her North Carolina Arts Council video is below.

“Happy 50th Birthday to the North Carolina Arts Council.  I get letters and have interactions with people all the time that tell me the show [A Chef’s Life] made them look at their roots and the place where they came from in a much different way.  We have shone a light on the culinary history and traditions of Eastern North Carolina and raised it up in a way that is gaining national attention.  What that does is that it brings people here but it also gives the people who are here at home (on the farm stewing collard greens and making corn bread) pride in their places as well as in themselves.  In order for people to invest in their community and participate in moving it forward they have to have both of those things–a pride in their place and a pride in themselves.  It is television that improves people’s lives.  I applaud the Arts Council for including rural populations because in order for us to have a healthy economy and a healthy society, people in all parts of our state and our nation have to both have success professionally as well as emotionally.  I think the arts are (at least for some people) the only outlet they have.”

Some of NC’s Most Notable Museums and Galleries

  • Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)
  • Asheville Art Museum (Asheville)
  • Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (Asheville)
  • Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (Blowing Rock)
  • CAM Raleigh (Raleigh)
  • Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington)
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum (Harkers Island)
  • Greenville Museum of Art (Greenville)
  • Gregg Museum of Art & Design (Raleigh)
  • Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Gallery (Charlotte)
  • Hickory Museum of Art (Hickory)
  • Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography & Film (Charlotte)
  • Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte)
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (Winston-Salem)
  • Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (Durham)
  • North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina Pottery Center (Seagrove)
  • Reynolda House (Winston Salem)
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem)
  • Turchin Center for Visual Arts at Appalachian State University (Boone)
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro)
  • Winston-Salem State University Diggs Gallery (Winston Salem)



Our friendly North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns members will be happy to direct you to their local art venues.  Whether they are museums, galleries, theaters, or universities, North Carolina has a treasure trove of art.  We congratulate the North Carolina Arts Council for their longevity with fifty years of leadership.  We look forward to another fifty years!