What began as a single-classroom program called The ArtSchool in 1974 has since expanded to become The ArtsCenter, offering over 350 continuing education classes across all spectrums of the visual and performing arts. Among their most successful programming are those directed toward youth, which are designed to support state curriculum by giving students a chance to step outside the classroom and experience what they have been studying firsthand.
This Saturday, April 30, The ArtsCenter will host The Always Inspiring Gala to raise money in support of their youth programs, as well as their scholarship program, which offers $31,000 every year to make their programming accessible for all area students. “This gala is intended to help increase the number of scholarships we can offer students,” says Connor Lillis, development and marketing assistant for The ArtsCenter.
Connor promises the gala, hosted at Carrboro’s Century Center Ballroom, will be an incredible evening with live entertainment provided by local jazz-swing band Peter Lamb and the Wolves. “We will have plenty of cocktails, wine and beer to go around,” Connor says. “Our menu is specifically designed for this event by Carrboro’s hottest new restaurant Tandem.”
There will also be an auction featuring items such as a night at The Franklin Hotel paired with a gift certificate to City Kitchen, a three-course dinner for two at Crossroads Chapel Hill at The Carolina Inn or a dinner, a night’s stay and afternoon tea package at The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro. “It’s definitely an evening people with an interest and passion for the arts don’t want to miss,” says Connor.
To attend the gala and support arts education in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community, click here for tickets.