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)
Coordination and Production Support: Ginger Wagg
Bookkeepping and Accounts Payable: Jessica Jones
Strategic Support and Development Consultant: John Klein / Trilithon Partners
In-house photographer: Emily Miller
Legal Council: Robert Saunders
Intern: Braxton Tubbs
Other staff, Volunteers & Collaborators
Leah Wilks, Lightsey Darst, Catey Christiansen, Jon Haas, Aubrey Griffith-Zill, Kellie-Ann 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, Matthew Shepherd, Liam O'Neill, David Parrins, Chris Vitiello.
Board of Directors
Culture Mill receives support from The Kenan Charitable Trust, The Haw River Ballroom, 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 and generous donors like you.