The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community

Raleigh Arts Commission Town Hall Meeting

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Quail Ridge Books & Music, in partnership with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, is hosting a town hall meeting on the arts, entitled “The Creative Arts: The Soul of a Community.” The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Quail Ridge Books, located at 3522 Wade Ave. in the Ridgewood Shopping Center.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring arts leaders from the community representing different disciplines. Panel members will include North Carolina writer Sally Buckner; Chandra Cox, chair of North Carolina
State University’s Art & Design Department; North Carolina Symphony Conductor William Curry; Robert Galbraith, an opera director; Bob Rankin, a well known painter; and Tyler Walters, a dance expert with Carolina Ballet. The panel discussion will be moderated by Clay Stalnaker, retired professor of philosophy at N.C. State. Introductory remarks will be offered by Brian Starkey, chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

“Creative arts must challenge and shape the soul of our community,” said Mr. Stalnaker. “To do this, their deepest significance must be articulated, imaginations must be sparked, ways of thinking refined, and biases tested.”
The panelists will be contributing to this examination of the arts. All attendees of the town hall meeting will be allowed to participate in the discussion.

For more information, contact Rene Martin, events coordinator with Quail Ridge Books & Music, at 828-7912 or email

Established in 1977, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the Commission’s myriad activities encourage, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City.

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