Who Are the Kannapolis Arts Minions?

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Kannapolis Arts Minions. Who are they? Where did they come from? Well I am here to tell you what it means to be a Kannapolis Arts Minion. Let me give you just a bit of the back story.  As most of you know, Kannapolis Arts organizes the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals that take place in Downtown Kannapolis five times a year. These festivals were created to not only get people back into what was once a bustling downtown area, but also to bring some attention to all the incredibly talented artists living in our midst. Unlike any other Arts and Crafts festival in our area, the Kaleidoscope Festival is currently FREE for vendors to set up and we do not allow any large or direct sales companies to participate. Through Kannapolis Arts I have witnessed young artists develop the confidence and skills to market themselves and their work to the public. I have also witnessed senior Artisans who never saw the value in their craft, finally receive some much deserved recognition. I have watched artists and photographers befriending one another, exchanging helpful advice, collaborating and carving out new paths. It is truly amazing to witness the togetherness that Kannapolis Arts has facilitated for the Artists in our community. Whether you are a painter, a poet, a story-teller or a clown, a jam band, a leather worker, crafter or film maker, whether this you are a student or a seasoned professional, Kannapolis Arts welcomes you! But of course, none of this would be at all possible without our minions.

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Kannapolis Arts Minions are the people who work tirelessly to manage this website and to connect with you on Social Media. They are the people who hand out flyers and collect donations. The ones who direct traffic, tell vendors where to set up and help unload cars. They put out lawn signs, take photos, and yes, they even write blogs. They attend Downtown Kannapolis Inc. meetings, and work with the folks in Downtown Salisbury and Downtown Concord to brainstorm and to advocate for area artists. Kannapolis Arts Minions are the folks who are so devoted to their community, to their city, and to their friends that they do all this because they WANT to. Being a minion doesn’t pay much.. ok, so it doesn’t pay anything, but it is the most fun volunteer opportunity I have ever been involved in. It is rewarding in a million and one ways.

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When I joined Kannapolis Arts, there were less than a handful of people involved. I was a stay at home mother who sold artwork from time to time. I had lived in Kannapolis in the past and always found the downtown area to be very charming despite it’s emptiness. I wanted to help if I could. Since then I have connected with so many fellow artists and while some doors have closed, MANY have opened. I met the incredible Shane Manier, founder of the Guerilla Poets and have been invited to submit artworks for some unique exhibits they have hosted in Charlotte, NC. I met Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall, who not only creates beautiful photographs, but also builds his own frames! I met David Roman of Romanda Photography who specializes in natural light photography and is always available for me to bounce ideas off of.  Deanna Brandon of Vintage Way Designs amazes me with her creativity and always notifies me of fun festival vending opportunities. I could go on and on and on for days about all the amazing people I have met. These people have not only helped to spark a fire in me creatively, but they have also inspired me to try new mediums, to stay active in my community and to go back to school.

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Since I became a Kannapolis Arts Minion I have built my own website. I have learned how to market myself more effectively. I have gone back to school to study Art and Business. I have been recognized as a featured Artist during events such as Chickweed-Celebrating Indestructible Women. I have had paintings on display from Winston-Salem to Charlotte and have done gallery exhibits.

10959899_1089989301026468_4945431406990826191_nI have reached out to area schools and met so many people within our community. Most importantly perhaps, I have developed some deep lasting friendships that I will treasure all of my days. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a more integral part in your local arts community, please consider joining us. Go check out our Volunteer Opportunities or just sit in on one of our monthly meetings.

The next Kannapolis Arts meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Sunshine’s Asian Cuisine in Downtown Kannapolis. These meetings are very informal so please come as you are! P.S. You do not have to be an Artist or Craftsmen to join our Minion Army.  After all, what sort of army would we be without our very own Minion Maker Machine?  We can’t wait to meet you!

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ConCarolinas returns to Concord with Guinness World record champion of sci-fi characters

“Star Trek” fans may never recognize Bill Blair but there’s a real good chance they’ve caught one of his numerous performances. In May 2011, Blair was listed as the Guinness World record holder in the category ‘most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career’ portraying more than 200 characters.

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Taking submissions for Modern Film Fest at the Gem Theatre

Kannapolis Arts and Modern Film Fest at the Gem Theatre are currently taking submissions for a short film competition with a $250 prize for the winning short film.  All films should be 20 minutes or less and it’s just $15 to submit!  Open to any genre, but please keep it family friendly and a PG to PG-13 rating. Good luck and look forward to the entries!

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Maker applications open for inaugural Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

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Maker applications now open for inaugural Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

CHARLOTTE – Maker Faire is coming to Charlotte! On October 10, 2015 Discovery Place will launch Charlotte’s first Mini Maker Faire, a one-day community celebration of local maker culture that pushes the limits of art, science and technology.  The Charlotte Mini Maker Faire will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both inside Discovery Place and along N Tryon Street between 6th and 7th Streets.

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Modern Film Fest FREE monthly screening series schedule

The first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis the Modern Film Fest crew in association with Kannapolis Arts host a FREE screening of independent films. All movies will be held at the Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis. Here is the upcoming schedule so far:

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Modern Film Fest Presents — THE ACTION HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING LIVES

Check out this short film the  Kannapolis Arts crew discovered for our Modern Film Fest line.  — the action-comedy “The Action Hero’s Guide to Saving Lives.”

The Action Hero's Guide To Saving Lives

 

Starring Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld,”  “The Tick,” “Men In Black II,” “Rules of Engagement)”, “The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives” is a laugh-out-loud action-comedy that takes you behind the scenes of Ace Mulligan’s perilous and not-always-successful mission to stop the bad guys, get the girl, and save the day. It’s not always easy being an action hero.

SYNOPSIS: “When lives are on the line… When there’s danger at every turn… When cliches run amuck… Sometimes the best thing to do is call Mulligan! Ace Mulligan! No matter how villainous the madman… How numerous the henchmen… How sexy the damsel, one thing is for sure: Ace Mulligan will always come out on top. Sometimes. ”

Directed by Jason Lutsky

RUN TIME: 15 minutes

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Unfortunate Event Numero Dos

Spending my Freshman year of college in a motorized wheelchair was NOT how I wanted to begin my new “adult” life. I was finally free to explore the world outside of my hometown and I wanted to do just that. The wheelchair made it difficult for me to explore my dormitory, much less the whole world.

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The Ocean’s Calling

Occasionally, I have a dream about an extra, abandoned room in my house that doesn’t really exist. It’s a cold, dank, dimly lit space with good possibilities. Every time I dream about this room, I’m so shocked that I keep forgetting  about it, especially when I need the extra space. I start coming up with new plans and ideas. Looking around, I see things that I started from the last dream are still there waiting for me to finish.

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