Culture Mill fosters a variety of experience-based projects, broadly categorized as: Guest Performances, Original Works, and Trust the Bus performances.
Culture Mill regularly hosts and produces guest performances in and around Saxapahaw, NC and the greater central North Carolina region. These performances are connected to Culture Mill's artist residency program as a means to give resident artists the opportunity to develop and share their work. Culture Mill's guest performances, whether from local, national or international artists, allow the local community to experience different ways in which contemporary performance is conceived and realized. Since 2014, we have hosted over 30 artists in residence from 5 countries and have received support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Goethe Instiute to support our residencies. For a list of our upcoming and past guest performances, please visit the CALENDAR section of our website.
Culture Mill develops and produces original works of art or artistic exchange. These works may be on the stage, site-specific, immersive, or somewhere in-between. Culture Mill's original works may involve any combination of artistic disciplines, but they are essentially time-based, crafted experiences. Culture Mill has produced Tommy Noonan's new work: "John" (named by Indy Week one of top 5 dance performances of 2016), and will soon be working to produce "Brown" and "Je Suis Belle” with both independent and established institutions such as Living Arts Collective in Durham and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Check the CALENDAR section of our website or join our mailing list to stay up to date on all original works.
Trust the Bus
Trust the Bus has quickly become one of Culture Mill's signature programs. In two seasons we have produced 7 collaborative projects for a total of 16 performances, involving nearly 40 local, national and international dancers, musicians, actors, DJs and visual artists, and have served over 500 audience members. All in rural Alamance County, North Carolina. Audiences board Culture Mill's 44-seat Bluebird Biodiesel school bus without any idea where they are going or what they will experience. They are then taken on a journey to a location in rural North Carolina, where an original collaborative performance takes place. Trust the bus is a format intended to support cutting-edge performances while disarming and engaging all types of audience members outside of traditional art spaces.