Our mission is to foster a creative ecosystem based in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, through the cross-pollination of artist residencies, educational outreach and groundbreaking immersive artworks from local, national and international artists.
We believe that culture is an investment in civil society, and such an investment benefits from the existence of open, dynamic and fluid enclaves fostered by artists and other creative people. We believe that gathering together and sharing knowledge and resources within these enclaves will improve both our artworks and our communities. We believe in the commingling of different ideas, energies and initiatives as a means of sparking innovation and radical possibilities in art and society. We believe in culture as an ongoing creative process, and we seek to support and feed that process through our various programs and initiatives.
In this way, Culture Mill powers an arts ecosystem. It is a generator. It sustains an ecosystem. Utilizing the image of a mill, Culture Mill operates in circular movements, pulling in art and audiences, followers and friends of all different sorts, letting it mix together and sending it outward at the same time. Like a mill, it is composed of different moving parts and interlocking mechanisms. These parts are its residency program, its education and outreach programs and its crafted immersive experiences. Culture Mill values a circular exchange of resources, ideas, energy and social and creative capital within a community, rather than linear transactions. As it draws multiple energies in and spirals new ones out, Culture Mill is distinctly and necessarily grounded in a place: Saxapahaw, NC.
Murielle Elizeon (co-director)
Co-directors: Murielle Elizéon & Tommy Noonan
Production and Development Assistant: Lauren Monroe
Legal Council: Robert Saunders / Brooks Pierce
Intern: Raven Hughes
Other artists, Volunteers & Collaborators
Gil Paon, Tarish "Jeghetto Pipkins", Leah Wilks, Ginger Wagg, Shana Tucker, Dana Marks, Jaybird O'Berski, CJ Suitt, Lightsey Darst, Catey Christiansen, Jon Haas, Aubrey Griffith-Zill, Rook Grubbs, Tim Scales, Mark Dragon, Gabriel Baldasaare, Trevor Helms, Linda Pucci, Shaleigh Comerford, Don Carlson, Deborah Amaral, Andrew A, Rayle, Mary Guitaras, Matthew Ford, Lisa Joyner, August Burgo, Denver Carlstrom, Matthew Shepherd, Patience, David Parrins, Chris Vitiello, Saba Taj, Monet Marshall, George Scheer.
Board of Directors
Shirley Drechsel, Tom LaGarde, Doug Williams, Heather LaGarde, Murielle Elizéon
Culture Mill is a community-supported organization, sustained in part through ongoing contributions from:
Sarah Shapiro, Alison Hilton, Alison Weiner, Frank Apodaca, Val Hanson, Chuck Mosher & Pamela St John, Lightsey Darst, Lisa Joyner, Linda Belans, Patience O’Neill, Mary Harwood, Mary Love May, Katie Haywood, Caitlyn Swett, KC Kurtz, Eliza Romm, Laura Frankstone, August Burgo, Rremida Shkoza, Nathan Page, Libby Parins, Lee Hall Worthington, Neil Bell, Shirley Drechsel, Melissa Robinson, Liliane Dotta, Laura Ritchie, Rook Grubbs, Katy Vinroot O’Brien, Ross Flynn, Karina Ledija-Long, Margaret Martin, Margaret Krome-Lukens, Tonya Sink, Elizabeth Osborne, Harry Phillips, Liv Rasmussen, Meghan Noonan, Moira Marquis, Kaitlin June, Larry and Els Williams, Robin Baker, Nayeli Garci-Crespo, Jane Stolper, Kevin Ryan & Janice Geller, Lana Dennis, Matthew Young, Emily Olson, Matthew A Shepherd, Amy Beth Kessinger, Lara Katz, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Kelly Washatka, Francois Gauthier, Sara Abernethy, Trina Harrison, Tim Walter, Danny Cowan, Tony Perucci, Emily Pike, Pier Carlo Talenti, Janet Ecklebarger, Harley Miller, Cary Worthy, Monica Byrne, Kristin M. Smith, David Oskardmay, LaShauna Austria, Chris Vitiello, Artist Soapbox, Will & Viktorija Gordon, Charlotte Thompson, James Aaron & Susan Eldon, Tiffanie Jackson, JudithBrooks, Lee Mullin, Annie Oberstar, Matthew Ford, Frankie Blackburn & Bill Traynor, Doug Williams & Claire Haslam
The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kenan Charitable Trust, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The N.C Arts Council: a division of the Cultural Resources through Alamance Arts, FACE Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Impact Alamance/The CoOp and generous donors like you.