Dear Supporters of Central Piedmont Community College Arts,
As the summer months wind down and we head toward a new and somewhat different semester here at the college, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some news from our visual and performing arts team.
First and foremost, thank you! Thanks to all of you who have extended notes, emails, and phone calls of support, suggestions, expressions of tolerance and grace as we try to manage the transition to remote learning and working. For those of you who have donated during this difficult time, we are truly humbled and grateful for your continued support of Central Piedmont Community College and of our mission to transform the lives of students and engage with our community.
We sincerely hope you will continue to stay in touch and follow our virtual programming as we eagerly await a time when we can provide the artistic and cultural in-person programming that you have come to know and love at Central Piedmont.
Our first Virtual Summer Theatre Season is complete!
Thanks to those of you who joined us at the live virtual performance events. We will continue to have open access to those who want to revisit their favorite performance or behind the scenes interview. You experience them again by visiting our Central Piedmont Theatre YouTube Channel, or find us on tix.cpcc.edu.
Central Piedmont Theatre:
In order to keep our faculty, staff, students, and community safe and healthy during the pandemic, we will continue to present the Central Piedmont Theatre 2020-2021 Season online. As we learn the technology and explore ways to improve our delivery, we hope to move back into the spaces you know and love, such as the Halton Theater stage, to present socially distant performances for virtual delivery. This will provide an opportunity to use the lighting, sound systems, costumes, and perhaps minimal set design while utilizing personal protective equipment and maintaining social distancing protocols. We will continue to monitor the virus and make changes and adjustments to our plans as needed. We do hope to be back in person in the Halton Theatre for Sense and Sensibility in April 2021.
These performances will be free and available on our Central Piedmont Theatre YouTube Channel. You will find forthcoming details on our tix.cpcc.edu website, CPArts Facebook page, and through this State of the Arts monthly newsletter. We hope you will consider helping us to weather this challenging time by donating to the Central Piedmont Performing Arts fund.
Tom Hollis, Central Piedmont Drama chair and Central Piedmont Theatre director, retired July 31st, but we look forward to having him back for the Central Piedmont Summer Theatre 2021 season. In the meantime, our theatre staff has been busy re-purposing their talents to support the college in non-traditional ways during the pandemic:
Costume Instructor: Emily McCurdy used her sewing talents to make 200 cloth masks for faculty, staff and students.
Drama Instructors and Scene shop staff: James Duke, Don Ketcham, Chris Ku, and Trey Irby demonstrated their Central Piedmont spirit by building and installing a “Congratulations Graduates of 2020!” road sign for our drive-through commencement at the Cato Campus. The response was so favorable that we will likely use it every year regardless of our graduation venue and format.
Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall at Levine Campus: We are excited to begin student acting instruction in our Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall, at the Levine Campus. Face shields and masks will be used in addition to social distancing and a limited class size. The students and the faculty are thrilled with the opportunity to meet in person on a limited basis in this “black box theatre” type of environment.
Survey: We want to hear from you! In September, we will send out a survey to hear how you are feeling about returning to live performances when the conditions permit, what protocols you might like to see in place, and the best ways to deliver virtual and alternative programming in the interim. You will be able to access the link to the survey online, and we will send more details. We hope you will participate!
Central Campus New Library and Student Success Center: Have you taken a drive along Elizabeth Avenue across from the Halton Theater lately? The new 430-seat theater and new art gallery that will be part of our new library and student success center are well on the way to completion. We are amazed at the progress and cannot wait to have you join us in January of 2022 to enjoy cultural activities and student performances at this new venue. The future is bright!
Central Piedmont Galleries: Art persists! Central Piedmont Galleries: Art persists! The Gorelick Gallery offers exhibits of local and regional artists on five of Central Piedmont’s campuses. Individual tours are available upon request – firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Central Piedmont Arts on Instagram and Facebook for virtual tours and sneak peeks. A new Central Piedmont Faculty Show and the extended 2020 Annual Juried Student Visual Art show is available virtually and in person in the Ross and Overcash galleries on Central Campus, state guidelines permitting. If you are looking for a quiet and contemplative place to spend a bit of time, the Central Campus Ross and Overcash gallery is open on a limited basis and our Central Piedmont gallery staff can schedule an individual tour for up to two people.
Contact Amelia.Zytka@cpcc.edu for protocols and availability.
Visit us at Central Piedmont Galleries blog.
Stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you online soon,
Central Piedmont Visual and Performing Arts staff