Education and Community
Our Education and community involvement is a central part of Culture Mill's mission to create an active and vibrant exchange between artists and the region in and around Saxapahaw, North Carolina. We do this through our education program, through facilitating artist gatherings, and through outreach with non-arts sectors.
Our education program focuses on innovation, collaborative process and interdisciplinary creativity. Our program hones and develops such essential skills through multidisciplinary, project-based arts, with a specific emphasis on embodied arts.
We believe that an effective form of arts education is providing students contact with working professional artists, who openly share their own current knowledge, questions and processes. For this reason, our education program is always linked to our current projects, involving our artists in residence. We work on a regular basis with Hawbridge Public Charter School and B Everett Jordan Elementary School in Saxapahaw, and have secured funding from Alamance Arts Council and the Kenan Charitable Trust to continue our program of workshops in local public and charter schools.
Open retreats are free gatherings hosted by Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, NC, wherein artists are invited to share their knowledge and practice. Open retreats exist to foster spaces in which creative members of the community may assemble in order to freely exchange -- it is a time in which new ideas, relationships and possibilities may bubble to the surface. A Culture Mill open retreat is a careful balance between structured and unstructured time. For information on past and upcoming retreats, please refer to the CALENDAR section of our website.
Community & Outreach
Culture Mill collaborates in organizing social events with an arts focus, in and around Saxapahaw as a way to enrich our local and larger communities. The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation recently awarded us a grant to produce the project: "Articulating Value in The Arts" - a series of conferences and a publication around how artists define the value of their artwork and their labor. We also believe in sharing our resources, such as the Culture Mill Lab, which we make available to our greater community through our Open Space Policy. For upcoming community events, please visit the CALENDAR section of our website.