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Community Council for the Arts
Developing the Arts:  School Programs & Community Outreach

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso
The Community Council for the Arts is committed to providing educational opportunities
for all students and adults in our community.
If you would like more information about the educational programs and community outreach provided by the Arts Council, please contact CCA at 252-527-2517 or [email protected]
CCA Makes A Difference
With our Community Center
  • 75,000-80,000 visitors/year; representing every state in the nation and over 20 foreign countries
  • Rental facility – hosting business meetings, reunions, concerts, performances, exhibits, classes, weddings, etc. throughout the year
  • State of the art exhibition space for visual artists -over 300 artists represented each year
  • Permanent Model Train display attracting children of all ages annually
  • Private Artists Studios
In Education:
  • Approximately $50,000 annually in grant funded programs presented by touring professional artists offered in the schools annually
  • In-house programs in traditional arts such as multimedia, pottery, painting and sculpting
  • Programs in theatre and performance arts
  • 10 summer camps in the art of science, pottery, sculpting, multimedia, pottery, and theatre
  • 70 music lessons taught weekly
In our Community
  • The only Public Art program east of Raleigh with cutting-edge projects that provide community enrichment and enhancement
  • Numerous community partnerships
  • Development of programs & special projects that serve the community while augmenting tourism and economic development
  • Grant writing that is not required for an Arts Council but is considered part of our responsibility to the community. Grants that will serve the community, but put no dollars into the operating budget of the Arts Council for FY 2011-12 total approx $500,000
  • Hub of one of the foremost tourism projects in North Carolina – the African American Heritage Music project and 8 county trail
TAPS (Traditional Arts Program for Students)
The Kinston Jazz TAPS Group (Traditional Arts Program for Students) meets Wednesdays at the Community Council for the Arts. This program is open to all middle and high school students. TAPS director is Charles Richberg. Call the Arts Council for more information, 252-527-2517. All interested students are welcome.
Music Lessons
We are pleased to offer numerous music lessons at The Arts Center. There are several teachers whose lessons vary in instrument, days/times offered. Please contact The Arts Center at 252-527-2517, leave your contact information and which teacher you are interested in having contact you. The teacher will personally call or email you to arrange your lessons.
Instructor: Mike Kinzie
Phone: 252-367-1194
Instructor: Timothy Maddox
Phone: 252-526-7134

Voice & Vision
By Rochelle Middle School Students
Rochelle Middle School, Kinston, North Carolina
An A+ School, Centered Around the Arts

Poems crafted with Glenis Redmond, Poet-in-Residence
Art Installation created with Jane Horner, Artist-in-Residence

Download a copy of the collection of poems:
Voice & Vision -- An Anthology

***This program is funded by the NC Arts Council with a grant from this State agency to the Community Council for the Arts.***

About Voice & Vision Anthology

Voice & Vision is courtesy of a partnership between Rochelle Middle School and the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, North Carolina. This opportunity was made possible under the administration of Sandy Landis, Executive Director of Community Council for the Arts, who secured a charitable grant from the North Carolina Arts in Education with the North Carolina Council for the Arts, a State agency.

Voice & Vision is a collaborative vehicle of expression derived from an educational experience conducted in the Spring of 2016, featuring two artists-in-residence. During each week-long session, Glenis Redmond, a professional poet from Greenville, South Carolina, and Jane Horner, a sculptor from New Bern, North Carolina, shared their artistic expertise, encouraging students to confidently reflect inwardly, and to express themselves outwardly through the formation of words and visual arts.

Glenis Redmond began her visit by hosting informal performances, sharing her life story with her poetry, and encouraging students in dialogue through question and answer sessions. Students discussed the importance and relevance of sharing and learning personal, societal, racial, and cultural history. Students were then tasked with writing their own poems, drawing upon their individual experiences. These poems were gathered in this booklet to provide a Voice & Vision about their world and the world in which they hope to have.

Jane Horner assisted the students in creating “talking sticks” – instruments of communication often found in Native American culture. This artistic device consists of a simple stick of wood decorated with beads and chords. The way the stick is wrapped and the materials and designs created express the individual’s Voice & Vision. The students’ singular designs were then collected to create a permanent and collective art installation.

Special Thanks to Rochelle Middle School Teachers:
Vashawn Daniels,  Tracie Dixon, Darice Harris, Fabrienne Kittrell,
Sarah Sloop, Jennifer Worsley, and Rebecca Zarrow
About the Voice & Vision Installation

In the Spring of 2016, Jane Horner served as a guest artist, instructing students as a part of Rochelle Middle School’s A+ program. The artist-in-residence program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Council for the Arts to the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston. The grant was initiated and implemented in order to help the school shape its curriculum around the arts as a way to engage students.

Artist Jane Horner worked with students to create “talking sticks”, crepe myrtle branches wrapped and decorated.  The project, reflective of American Indian culture and traditions, was introduced as a method by which students could share their stories, as a self-portraiture.
In Native culture, the stick is used to encourage dialogue. With an
individual’s possession of the stick comes the power to speak the truth from the heart.  Those in possession of the talking stick are ensured their voices will be heard and they will be treated fairly and equally.

In keeping with this tradition, students personalized their art using leather, fabric, beads, feathers and other materials. Once completed, students’ individual art pieces were then organized into a single sculpture depicting their Voice & Vision.

About Glenis Redmond

About Jane Horner

“Poetry has followed me all the days of my life.”

“My work combines emotions and spirituality, and moves beyond those
personal places to a visual situation of force and lift — as when the force of propulsion creates the lift of a vacuum above the wings of a plane and these two forces combined, raise the huge weight and mass into the air and keep it there. I think that art is one such force in this world.”

For more than two decades, Glenis Redmond -- poet, teaching artist and activist
-- has logged more than 35,000 miles sharing poetry and encouragement in diverse venues all across the country. Glenis describes herself as a self-proclaimed native of nowhere. Through the many relocations she experienced growing up in an Air Force family, Glenis developed a voice for words and stories, collecting memorable character studies from her travels and visits, and establishing a framework as a poet through her refuge – the love of reading.

Jane Horner is a life-long artist. Glimpses of her experiences in archaeology, garden restoration, and teaching art can be seen in her paintings, sculptures and installations. Her artwork has been displayed in galleries, art centers, museums and universities, within and upon large walls of concert and lecture halls, skylights and atriums. Sample of her work are shown below:

Glenis received a B.A. in Psychology from Erskine College and a Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. Glenis has designed workshops for both amateur and professional writers, from ages nine to 90. She teaches how to access personal creativity and inner voices to expand worlds through words. Influenced by her background in counseling, she uses one of her chief talents in working with at-risk teens. She uses poetry to dismantle the barriers created around hearts, and encourages students to engage outwardly to express themselves and find healing.

Whether speaking in prisons or universities, festivals or conferences, intimate keynote engagements or instructive school assemblies, Glenis accepts the mantle of Road Warrior Poet. She articulates verses of passion about family, culture and community, sharing Afro-Carolinian roots and speaking the universal language of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope.

Among her many accomplishments, Glenis is a 2005-2006 NC Literary Award recipient and a Denny C. Plattner Award winner for Outstanding Poetry awarded by the Journal, Appalachian Heritage. She has been inducted in the Mt. Xpress’ Hall of Fame for Best Poet in Western North Carolina after winning for more than a decade. In addition, Glenis is a Workshop Leader with the Kennedy Center’s Partnership in Education Program in Washington, D.C. Her work has aired on National Public Radio and she is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, twice, and a top ten finalist in the National Poetry Slam.

Glenis has been published most recently in Meridians, African Voices, EMRYS, Asheville Poetry Review, Kakalak: A Journal of Carolina Poets, Appalachian Heritage, and the Appalachian Journal. Her manuscript, Under the Sun, was short-listed by Autumn House Press. Through her poetry, Glenis has found community and belonging. She has been associated with many organizations such as YWCA, Girl Scouts, Our Voice, Project STEAM, NC Center for Advancement of Teachers and NC Center for Non-Profits, homeless shelters, half-way houses, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Helpmate.

Once a native of nowhere, Glenis now knows that she belongs everywhere – a poet of Voice & Vision.

Jane was born in Springfield, Illinois, and has lived in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Washington, DC, Cape Cod, Boston, and Vermont. She now lives in New Bern, North Carolina. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Fellow of both the Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the McDowell Colony of Peterborough, New Hampshire.

She has been constructing installations since 1992.

Jane Horner, a life-long artist — An artist of Voice & Vision.

Poetry Out Loud 2016 State Champion
Jasmine Jackson of Kinston High School
Congratulations to Jasmine Jackson of Kinston High School, who was named the 2016 State Champion of POETRY OUT LOUD in March 2016. Jasmine will represent North Carolina at the 2016 National Finals in Washington, D.C.

As noted on NCArts website --  -- Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into high school classrooms. Through the program, students can master public speaking skills, increase reading comprehension scores, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired thousands of high school students to discover and develop deep, personal relationships with great classic and contemporary poetry.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the N.C. Arts Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the Greensboro Public Library. The program starts in the classroom, broadens to the state level and culminates at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Visit the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud website The official contest is limited to the programs run by each state’s arts agency.

April 29, 2016 Update:  The North Carolina Poetry Out Loud finalists are heading to D.C. for the National Competition next Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4. The NEA will broadcast live from so we all can be a part of the event.
Follow the link provided for the press release and blog about the competition: