Charlotte’s Tony Arreaza Turned His Pandemic Downtime Into Music

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By Page Leggett Independent musicians can’t just write a song, record it and hope people buy the CD. They have to market their music. Charlotte’s Tony Arreaza has a process for putting out an album. It includes making videos of a couple of songs and releasing those in advance of the album. “It’s very typical …

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Charlotte Artist John Burgin to Have Work Featured on Birdsong Brewery Cans

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Charlotte artist John Burgin at Birdsong Brewing.
By Bernie Petit Public Relations & Marketing Director Charlotte artist John Burgin focuses on making art that is whimsical, brightly colored and fun. “I like to take people away from the day-to-day,” he said. His vibrant, approachable aesthetic made Burgin’s artwork perfect for the Craft + Creatives design challenge, an initiative by ASC and Birdsong …

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Can Art Unite Cops and Kids? The Arts Empowerment Project Says Yes

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Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers and young people created art together in a July 2021 workshop led by the Arts Empowerment Project.
By Elvis Menayese Queens University News Service If young people and police officers create art together, what kind of understanding can they reach? Workshops led by the Arts Empowerment Project, a Charlotte program that uses art to heal vulnerable youth, took a recent step toward answering that question. A July session focused on painting, poetry …

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‘Los Charloteanos’ to Celebrate Cultural and Community Pride

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ASC Cultural Vision Grant recipient Jacobo Strimling.
By Michael Solender Charlotte is a city of newcomers. Most quickly discover they’re not alone in this regard, as the QC holds the distinction of a rapidly growing New South city where, according to the latest U.S. Census figures, only 41 percent of Charlotte residents are native to North Carolina. Rather than constrain Charlotte’s personality, …

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