One Saturday a month the Living Arts Collective and Aubrey Griffith-Zill put on the Live Your Art event. Steep In had the pleasure of being invited to the most recent event, on the 9th of December. The Living Arts Collective is essentially an intentional community center in Durham, NC. They provide dance, yoga and other body work classes as well as host events focused on supporting local artists and musicians. “The Living Arts Collective aims to cultivate community through conscious living and creative movement.” It seems to me that Live Your Art is an event that boils down everything that LAC stands for and it makes for a wonderful time. It functions as a monthly mini music festival, the only real difference being the event is alcohol free. This limitation didn’t hinder us from having a good time. Anyone who didn’t have a smile on their face was probably meditating or focusing on some art form. There were two live artists painting, Emily Wimbish and Edward Rubio, and many others who were coloring or painting for fun. …
Last night at 6 pm Dare Coulter and the ACLU of North Carolina unveiled the New Mural entitled #DARETODISSENT. The Mural is a collection of iconic images from protests throughout recent history. The scenes depicted include images of the 1968 Olympics and even Woke Baby from the recent Women’s March. When the ALCU in conjunction with the Raleigh Murals Project approached Dare about the idea for a mural in downtown Raleigh, she suggested a protester’s rights theme. In the current political climate, Dare feels the importance of our constitutional right to protest the government, and wanted to share that with Raleigh through her art. The ACLU was on board and they got the ball rolling. I have known Dare for several years now, we had classes together back at NCSU. I have always loved her art and have been eagerly waiting for her to land a Mural in downtown Raleigh. I’m super proud of her for her work on this Mural. She has worked long nights and hard days with no shade in the baking …
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (May 4th- May 7th) is right around the corner! With only 1 month away, you can still purchase discounted tickets HERE! This years lineup will be featuring North Carolina’s favorite, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who you will also see at Shaky Knees, Hangout, and Bonnaroo! Go North Carolina! As usual, the festival will feature 4 stages, with another 50+ bands. Additionally, there will be children’s activities, yoga, vendors, amazing food, and of course MUD! We recommend bringing comfortable shoes and proper rain gear. Remember, Shakori is a family friendly festival, so please be sure to bring something to conceal your alcoholic beverages and drink responsibly. Children 12 and under must me accompanied by an adult. In order to get the full Shakori experience, we suggest camping. You are welcome to tent camp, RV camp, or car camp. Keep in mind, camping is first come first serve and space fills up fast. See details for camping HERE! Below you will see the schedule. Peace and Happy Shakori!
A story on the importance of crossing human borders told through the heart and the eyes of my dear friend Emma, a social worker here in Raleigh.
A local march documented by a local lady
George Hage is a visual artist living in Raleigh, NC. He creates beautiful posters, logos, and merch for brands, events, and concerts. Read our interview with him to learn more about his process and inspiration.
An unfolding series intended to heal through cynicism.