The boards of directors of The ArtsCenter and the Carrboro Modern Dance Company have announced an agreement by which Carrboro Modern Dance Company has become an independent component of The ArtsCenter. “The arrangement will permit Carrboro Modern Dance Company to become part of The ArtsCenter while retaining its own brand and board,” ArtsCenter Executive Director Art Menius explained.
“This is a wonderful marriage of one of Carrboro’s oldest cultural institutions with one of its newest,” said Menius. “The ArtsCenter wanted to upgrade our modern dance programming while Carrboro Modern Dance Company needed an institutional home. This provides an important part of The ArtsCenter’s leadership of the arts in our town.”
“This is Carrboro Modern Dance Company’s first step to becoming an integral part of dance and arts in the state of North Carolina,” explained Carrboro business owner and Carrboro Modern Dance Company executive director Beven Ramsey, who serves on The ArtsCenter board.
Mary Norkus, co-founder of Carrboro Modern Dance Company and one of the Triangle’s most respected dance teachers, echoed Ramsey’s thoughts. “We are very excited and grateful for this opportunity to support and represent our local dance community through our partnership with The ArtsCenter. There is often a lack of space, time and connectivity for our area dancers, choreographers, and teachers to study, collaborate, produce, and perform. The ArtsCenter is the perfect place to accomplish this mission, as an icon for arts instruction and performance. In our November 2011 ArtsCenter concert, ‘Coming Home’, we explored the aspect of returning and appreciating community. In this January’s ‘Forward’ we celebrated our future goal for nurturing dance and dancers in our community.”
Betsy James, chair of The ArtsCenter board, shared their enthusiasm. “Better serving our community through comprehensive arts programming is what The ArtsCenter is all about. We are thrilled that this collaboration has provided another opportunity,” she said.
Carrboro Dance Company, founded in 2011, has already presented two major events at The ArtsCenter, an ongoing series of Sunday dance open houses, and classes within The ArtSchool.
Programs at The ArtsCenter are supported in part by Brooks Pierce, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Giorgios Hospitality Group, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Orange County Arts Commission, and Tony Hall and Associates.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves more than 80,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact exceeding $3,200,000 which generates the equivalent of 103 full time jobs and $301,000 in state and local tax revenue.