Arts & Culture

This area has been known for decades for its thriving creative music scene. Many people travel from around the region – and sometimes around the world – to attend shows at the Cat's Cradle and other venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Less famous, but also doing us proud, are visual artists, dancers, actors, and filmmakers around the Triangle. In fact, Chapel Hill was home to the first Flicker festival, which now takes place in ten cities around the world!

Jackson Center's Annual MayDay Festival

 
Our theme this year is "Weaving Communities: histories, homes, lives." We'll be featuring oral history performances on Northside and Rogers Rd history, presenting community honors for all this year's successes,  and providing a preview of our new history exhibit. And of course, we will be enjoying kids' games and festivities, music, dancing, and of course, delicious food (support from Mama Dips, Vimala's, Bread and Butter, Open Eye, and our grillmaster Calvin).  

Come celebrate the end of the school year, the coming of spring, and the community we are ALL a part of Saturday, May 3rd!  

Whether you can come for the entire event or just 20 minutes. come join us. This is an incredible gathering of folks from all corners of Chapel Hill/Carrboro, from the university, and beyond. We have so much to be thankful for, and so much to celebrate.

Thanks to each and every one of you, for your contributions to the Center and the community overall. We hope to see you here!
 
Contact jacob@jacksoncenter.info for more information.

Date: 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:00am

Location: 

St. Joseph CME (510 W. Rosemary) and the Jackson Center (512 W. Rosemary)

On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

Panzanella RestaurantLate this afternoon, via social media linked to a News and Observer article, came the gut punch news that beloved local restaurant Panzanella is closing.  On a personal level, this is just very, very sad.  Since my wife and I got married over a decade ago, we have celebrated all sorts of major life

Roast of Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton

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Please join me at this event. My first roast! Joke suggestions welcome.

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen and EmPOWERment, Inc present a roast and toast of Mayor Mark Chilton.

We will be celebrating Mark's 20 years of fantastic service to our communities. We acknowledge Mark as a "Jack of All Trades" and his love for family, politics & justice, community advocacy, and real estate.

We gather to honor his accomplishments, as this year marks the end of his fourth term as Mayor of Carrboro, serving since 2005. He was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 1991 as the youngest ever elected official in North Carolina at the age of 21. In 2000, he became the Executive Director of the young and growing non-profit, EmPOWERment, Inc. He served in this position for two years, and continues to work with the organization as Director of Special Programs. 

EmPOWERment, Inc is honored that Mark has chosen them as recipients of the proceeds from this event to benefit their mission and service. EmPOWERment has been serving communities throughout Orange and Chatham Counties since 1996, and works to empower people and communities to control their own destinies through affordable housing, education, advocacy, community organizing, and grassroots economic development.

Please join us on October 29 to celebrate Mark with a fun and entertaining roast complete with dinner, drinks, and plenty of laughter. We are looking forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation of your choosing. We appreciate you and your support!

RSVP by October 10. 

Date: 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro

Orange County to Discuss Strategic Library Plan Tuesday Night

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday night, at the Southern Orange Human Services center at 2501 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill, the Orange County Comissioners will discuss the Orange County Public Library Draft Strategic Plan for 2013 - 2016.  The draft plan can be found in the Work Session agenda (PDF) on the county website. 

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Future of the Whitted Building

Orange County will be hosting an informal town hall style meeting regarding potential uses of the 2nd floor Whitted "A" building located at 300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough, on April 4, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to speak may do so. Please come out and support the OCCC's proposal to share the Whitted Building space with the Orange County Board of County Commissioners! We will be making a presentation about our hopes to establish a cultural center for Hillsborough and northern Orange County in this historical building.

The intended outcome is to illustrate potential uses of this facility, provide a forum for public comment and discussion, and to provide the Orange County Board of County Commissioners information as they continue to evaluate uses of the facility.

County Commissioners, Hillsborough Town Board, Orange Schools, and public to discuss use of the Whitted Building

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This should be pretty interesting:

A BOCC meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to jointly meet with the Town of Hillsborough, Town residents, Cultural Community representatives, and Orange County Schools members regarding the potential uses for the Whitted space. This meeting will be held at the at the Whitted facility, 300 West Tryon St. in Hillsborough.  

 The Orange County Cultural Center has been lobbying for a couple of years to use the Whitted Building as a home for performances and cultral arrts. Learn more about their vision at http://orangepolitics.org/2012/09/a-cultural-center-for-orange and http://orangecountyculturalcenter.org .

Date: 

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Whitted building, 300 West Tryon St., Hillsborough

Thank you for epic community service, Chad Johnston

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Chad Johnston is the director of Chapel Hill's grassroots public access station The People's Channel. Not many people truly know the scope of the contributions he has made toward democratizing media both in Orange County and in Orange County. Sadly he's leaving us to run a station in a bigger community.

Dream Up Downtown: Inspiring Innovative Spaces moving conversation

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Tonight, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership held its 2nd of four moving conversations inspired by urbanist and community activist Jane Jacobs. This moving conservation, called Inspiring Innovative spaces, focused on existing and planned spaces downtown that promote interactions to spark ideas. Jacobs noted that the most successful public spaces are those with intense use nearby.

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