The Arts - 4 Great Reasons to "Get on Board"

• Tuesday, August 12, 2014 •

There are less than 10 more days left to purchase tickets for the Cullowhee Mountain Arts "Drawings for Art" annual fundraiser

For as little as $20 you have the opportunity to have your ticket drawn on August 21, and become the recipient of one or more pieces of art, generously donated by our 2014 Summer Faculty - all artists of national and international reputations. Wow!

...and you will be supporting Cullowhee Mountain ARTSthe non-profit committed to supporting the personal and professional development of every artist and writer, whatever their level, by providing the setting and facilities for intense learning, art making and writing -- all shared in community.

Here are 4 great reasons why supporting the arts is such an important and enriching thing to do:

1. Stimulates the Economy

Not only do patrons of the arts spend money on the event they are attending, but they also tend to spend an average of $24.60 per person per event at local shops and restaurants. Patrons often visit longer which in turn causes them to spend more money at local businesses because patrons of the arts seek out more culturally authentic experiences. If a successful art venue is created it will attract more new businesses, create new jobs, and support existing businesses. 

2. Improves Quality of Life

Having an active artistic community creates a more vibrant way of life for those in the surrounding areas and makes the community more attractive to both current and future residents and employees. Artistic influences increase academic performance, stimulate creative thinking, enhance problem solving skills, and encourage team building.

3. Healing Benefits

Art therapy is becoming more widely used and the use of art with patients has been shown to lead to shorter hospital stays. It also increases better pain management, improves mental health, and decreases use of medication. Even though Art Therapy is a very powerful tool,  just having access to art and creating art will result in a healthier, happier lifestyle. 

4. Social Impact 

Art bridges gaps between cultures, integrates people regardless of religion, ethnicity, and race. The impact art has on our social well being is incredible. Studies have shown that a community with a higher concentration of art has lower poverty rates, increased social cohesion, higher civic engagement, lower student drop out rates and higher GPA's. 

Sadly, the arts are not self-supporting!

In a wonderful article entitled "Giving Money to the Arts Does Not Make You Evil," Jennifer Rivera explains the importance of supporting the arts:

"In the United States, if people do not support the arts with charitable donations, not only will the arts not thrive, they cannot really exist. Art organizations already have little to no government support, but they cannot operate with standard business models in order to make a profit because that defeats the purpose of making something artistic as opposed to making something that is just commercial."

Please take a moment to support CMA - it is as easy as a click of this link and selecting the art work/s you would like to have in your home or office. 


Huffington Post

Nonprofit Quarterly


Partnership Movement

Americans for the Arts

2014 Summer Series at a Glance

• Friday, July 18, 2014 •

It feels like just yesterday that we began our third Summer Workshop Series, but here we are, five weeks later, wrapping up the final week. This year we ran 15 incredible workshops, including our first two Creative Writing workshops with writers Baron Wormser and Elaine Neil Orr. We are so pleased to have had such wonderful attendees this year that joined us not just locally and nationally, but internationally as well! This summer we were so excited to be able to give out three Art Educator Scholarships worth $1,200 to local teachers Gayle Woody, Chris Bell, and Kara Faust. Here are some highlights that you may have missed from the past five weeks:

“In just three years time, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has become what the board and I had envisioned from the start - a place where artists - and now writers - can come and receive nourishment for their creative pursuits. Over and over students thanked me for creating a space for them to study with exquisite teachers and have their needs attended to, enabling them to concentrate solely on learning and growing. Again and again compliments were paid to the fabulous facilities at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, the beauty of the campus and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. I am so very grateful to our stellar summer faculty of top notch artists and writers who gave so much to their students and for the students themselves who are now becoming part of the CMA family of friends and enthusiasts."


Another Reason Why Summer is So Exciting at Cullowhee Mountain ARTS

• Thursday, June 12, 2014 •

Why is This Summer 
So Exciting at Cullowhee Mountain ARTS?
Summer is here and Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is entering its third season of fabulous workshops and is maintaining the goal of becoming a destination for life long learners in all Arts; Visual, Creative Writing, Music, Film, and Performing Arts. We are very excited about the new summer workshops. This season also marks the beginning of a new chapter for Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, with the introduction of Creative Writing into the Workshops. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS was created in 2011, with the long range enthusiastic about the addition the Creative Writing Workshops this season.

“Creative Writing is the next logical step for Cullowhee Mountain ARTS to add to our programming. Visual Artists and Creative Writers often maintain both disciplines in varying degrees. Many Artists journal to unlock streams of creativity while many writers sketch out ideas. Writers create images with words - artists form poetic notions with images. These two disciplines in the arts are a perfect match for a week of collaborative learning. I am delighted to be having so many stellar writers involved in forming this net arm of Cullowhee Mountain ARTS.”    - Norma Hendrix, Executive Director

In July we will have two very exciting Creative Workshops! The week of July 6-11 Baron Wormser will join us from Vermont to teach the workshop “Writing Across the Genres,” a class that welcomes all writing levels to utilize exemplary prompts to explore writing in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Wormser is from Vermont and has written nine books of poetry and five books of prose. He had the honor to be named Poet Laureate of Maine by Governor Angus King for six years. Wormser is currently part of the Fairfield University of Maine MFA program and released his most recent prose, Teach Us That Peace, last year. This is such an amazing opportunity for those wishing to explore writing with a very experienced and well-renowned writer.

If you can’t make it to Baron Wormser’s Workshop, don’t despair; Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has another wonderful workshop lined up for the week of July 13-18 with writer Elaine Neil Orr. Growing up in West Africa until the age of 16, Orr hasa very unique upbringing that influences her work. Orr has published three novels and her most recent work is a memoir called A Different Sun and is a NYT Best-Seller. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Orr is a Professor of English at NC State University and on the faculty of the Brief-Residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. Orr's workshop titled “Finding Your Life Through Writing It” gives each participant the chance to delve deeper into their memories through the use of prompts and guidance. Orr will take you through exercises on the craft of poetic language and will also take advantage of the surrounding environment to encourage free writing.

     The best thing about these two amazing workshops is that there are still slots left! Visit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS website to read further information on these incredible workshops and sign up for one online today!