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Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Mar. 02, 2018 - 3:59 pm
Gifts of Gold 2016 Best in Show - Sydney Vaught, Frida; Piedmont Laureate logo;  Raleigh Medal of Arts
The Arts, by their very nature, celebrate who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. Spanning three decades, the Raleigh Arts Commission has offered numerous opportunities for Raleigh residents to enjoy and participate in a wide range of arts activities. Join us as we honor, support and celebrate our creative community!

Image above (l to r): Gifts of Gold 2017 Best in Show - Julia Parks, Triplets; Piedmont Laureate logo; Raleigh Medal of Arts

Piedmont Laureate 2018 - Nancy Peacock

Nancy Peacock, a Hillsborough-based novelist, has been selected as the region's 2018 Piedmont Laureate. During 2018, Ms. Peacock will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties. As Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of the art of writing.
A schedule of the Laureate's 2018 activities will be posted on the sponsoring agency websites and on the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.org beginning January 17, 2018.
Nancy Peacock, a Hillsborough-based novelist, has been selected as the region's 2018 Piedmont Laureate. During 2018, Ms. Peacock will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties. As Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of the art of writing.

A schedule of the Laureate's 2018 activities will be posted on the sponsoring agency websites and on the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.org beginning January 17, 2018.

Gifts of Gold Visual Arts Celebration

More than 100 Wake County students ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors are represented in the Gifts of Gold arts celebration each March. A visual component of the Pieces of Gold performing arts extravaganza, Gifts of Gold is a collaboration between the Office of Raleigh Arts, Wake County Public Schools and the Wake Education Partnership.

Two- and three-dimensional student artworks submitted by Wake County art teachers are showcased at a temporary art gallery in the lobby of Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, with an awards ceremony taking place in the same location.

2018 Gifts of Gold Awardees

Best in Show
Silvia Chabaneix
Police
Athens Drive High School
Ms. Hilton, Teacher

Elementary School - Special Recognition

Linda B. Carbajal
Help us survive
Poe AIG/GT Elementary
Ms. Little, Teacher Claire Donnelly

The Fabulous Fishbowl!
A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet
Ms. Ferrell, Teacher

Faith Ifidon
Blown With The Wind
Barwell Road Elementary
Ms. Belois, Teacher

Autumn Wall & Katherine Southern
Embroidered Animals
Hilburn Academy
Ms. Rayner, Teacher

(3D) Rachel Proctor
Shooting Stars
Pleasant Grove Elementary
Ms. Marshallsea, Teacher Brianna Maki

Van Gogh's Raccoon
Rolesville Elementary
Ms. Silva, Teacher

(3D) Kayli Brock
The Magical Elephant
Heritage Elementary
Ms. Weisz, Teacher

Middle School - Special Recognition

Jordan Johnson
The Wild Blur
Salem Middle School
Ms. Icardi, Teacher Skye Hurt

Maggie Zhang
Demure
Davis Drive Middle School
Ms. Croom, Teacher (3D) Emma Villalba Martinez

Cityscape
Dillard Drive Middle School
Ms. Tepper, Teacher

Bumblebee
East Millbrook Magnet Middle School
Ms. Scherer, Teacher


High School - Special Recognition

Madison Martinez
Understand: A Spoken Word Portrait
Apex Friendship High School
Ms. Pollack, Teacher

Ia Ormond
Cyclops
Enloe Magnet High School
Mr. Puckett, Teacher Max Seavey

Lauren Medlin
Purple
Green Hope High School
Ms. Prichard, Teacher

Silk Road Illumination
Athens Drive High School
Mr. Volkman

Medal of Arts

2018 Medal of Arts Guidelines and Application

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 Medal of Arts awards, the City’s highest arts honor. Nominations should describe extraordinary artistic achievement or support of the arts by an individual, group or collaboration. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 19.

To celebrate artistic excellence and extraordinary arts achievement, the City’s Arts Commission initiated the awards program in 1984 based on the National Medal of Arts program. In all, the City has recognized 152 individuals, groups and businesses with a prestigious Medal of Arts.

The Medal of Arts awards were last issued in 2016. Winners that year were William Henry Curry, former resident conductor of the North Carolina Symphony; fashion designer Eric Ennis; Sharon Moore, N.C. State LIVE director; Sarah Powers, executive director of Visual Art Exchange; ballet dancer and mentor Dr. Mel Tomlinson; and Virginia Zehr, a founding board member of Community Music School and former staff member of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

The 2018 Medal of Arts awards will be presented to recipients at a ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in late fall 2018.

Raleigh Medal of Arts Awardees 1984-2016

Piedmont Laureate

The Piedmont Laureate Program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, has as its primary goal "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region."

The Piedmont Laureate is appointed for one year. Each year, the program is open to writers creating work in a selected literary genre such as poetry, novels, plays and more. The Laureate's activities include readings, workshops and other public appearances.

Author of The Art of Learning Mimi Herman is the 2017 Piedmont Laureate.

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