Tommy Hays, acclaimed novelist and executive director of UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, to kick off a new series of talks by great Southern writers at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. NOTE - THIS IS NOW A TICKETED EVENT.
Plays by Arthur Miller and George Bernard Shaw will be featured in two summer Sunday afternoon Reader's Theater presentations at the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement. The Autumn Players, a troupe of seasoned actors from the Asheville Community Theater, will perform these dramatic readings at 2:30 p.m., with $5 admission, at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center.
Two experts on local wildlife will speak when the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement's "Celebrating Life in the Mountains" series resumes with the presentation, "Wild Things," at 7 p.m. on June 26. The "Celebrating Life in the Mountains" series is free and open to the public, and the presentations take place at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center.
"Woven Together: Marion Manufacturing and McDowell County," a Western North Carolina traveling exhibition telling the story of the Marion Manufacturing textile mill, will open on June 4 in Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library.
A quintet of great Southern writers, including Ron Rash and Charles Frazier, will speak in July at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center as part of the Summer Authors Speakers Series. The series of talks, produced by the Appalachian Studies Program of the College for Seniors at UNC Asheville's N.C. Center for Creative Retirement, is free and open to the public, 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays. NOTE - THIS IS NOW A TICKETED EVENT.
UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) has awarded ten graduating seniors each with $15,000 in the form of a Windgate Fellowship. More than 120 universities from across the United States were each invited to each nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft for one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students. Applicants completed an online application with images of their work and a proposal outlining how the $15,000 would enhance their careers.
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in poetry and prose. Classes are open to all interested writers but class size is limited; early registration is suggested.
"Write Now," a new creative writing program for high school students, debuts this summer at UNC Asheville. "Write Now" offers each participating student experience in different styles of writing – fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry – under the tutelage of three of Asheville's finest writers. "Write Now" will be held weekdays, June 18-29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on UNC Asheville's campus.
Catherine Frank, director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement at UNC Asheville, will discuss the center's genesis and future with William Friday on UNC-TV's "North Carolina People" set to air at 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The program can also be seen online beginning Monday, April 23, on the UNC-TV website.