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I am delighted to be asked to write a blog on behalf of the Cabarrus Arts Council. It gives us another way to keep people who already know us up to date on our activities and the opportunity to introduce the arts council’s programs to people who may have never heard of us.

We want you to know what we’re doing because we believe arts are important, even essential, to our lives. They are a critical part of what makes us human, helping us define who we are and dream about what we want to become. They add beauty to our world. The arts bolster our spirits in troubled times and bring us together, helping to create community pride. Numerous studies have shown that children involved in the arts achieve at a higher level and are less likely to drop out of school.

The Cabarrus Arts Council operates the Davis Theatre and The Galleries in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street S in downtown Concord. We also present one of the largest school performance programs in North Carolina, support arts organizations and artists through grants and workshops and serve as a catalyst and consultant for corporate and public art.

If you’ve not yet been to the Davis Theatre and The Galleries, we think you’re going to want to go. The Davis’s flagship series, On Stage at the Davis, presents professional touring performances – Broadway revues, riveting theatre and award-winning musicians – in a cozy, intimate environment characterized by the fact that every seat is close to the stage. The Brand New Opry series brings some of the best bluegrass musicians in the area together, while Footlights showcases outstanding regional acts. With just 227 seats and state-of-the-art sound and lights, the Davis is an amazing place to see a performance.

The Galleries display artwork by regionally and nationally known artists working in a variety of media. Exhibitions change every eight weeks and are thematic – we’re getting ready to open Word Processing, which demonstrates how artists use words and symbols. We have volunteer docents who will give you a tour and even an artwork scavenger hunt for children – or anyone who wants to have some fun. I’m looking forward to telling you about all the arts activities – both those sponsored by the arts council and the others in our community -- just up the road from University City. I’d love to hear from you and would especially like to know what you would like to see featured in the blog. Find out more about us by visiting our website at Cabarrus Arts Council or on Facebook.