Orange County Arts Commission Announces Time Change for State of the Arts Event

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 28, 2017) – The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, will host State of the Arts: The Impact of the Arts in North Carolina and Orange County on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. The event will take place a half hour earlier than stated in the previous release, at 5:30 p.m. at The ArtsCenter, located at 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro.

The event will announce the findings of Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey 5, a national study of the impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Orange County, as well as the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, participated in the study during 2015. The survey found the nonprofit arts and culture sector to be a $130 million industry in Orange County and a $2.12 billion industry for the state that employs 5,001 and 72,000 full-time jobs, respectively. Further findings will be announced at the event. 

Presenters will include N.C. Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin, OCAC Director Katie Murray, and Rachel Ash, associate director of Arts Everywhere at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A question and answer session will follow featuring survey coordinators Jeff York with the Town of Chapel Hill and Shannan Campbell with the Town of Hillsborough.

Entertainment by Orange County artists will include a reading by Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, a 50 by 50 artist, celebrating the N.C. Arts Council's 50th anniversary. Additionally, Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins will provide a puppet performance, and Americana duo Tim and Susan Wells, in partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation, will also perform. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the commission’s website at, call 919-245-2335 or email


Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. As the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985, the OCAC is responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.