Kannapolis Arts and Downtown Kannapolis Inc. join forces to expand cultural arts in Kannapolis


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Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and Kannapolis Arts are joining forces to bring more arts and entertainment events to downtown Kannapolis.

The board of directors of Downtown Kannapolis, Inc. (DKI) has voted to form a new partnership with Kannapolis Arts. Michael Knox, founder of Kannapolis Arts, said the partnership will allow Kannapolis Arts to grow thanks to Downtown Kannapolis Inc.’s official organization and involvement in the community. The new partnership can now lead to sponsorship activities and funding for festivals and events. Currently, Kannapolis Arts was operating only with in-kind services, unable to apply for sponsorship funding or grants.


Thanks to the partnership, Knox can now expand arts and cultural activities in downtown Kannapolis. In addition to organizing Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on Oct. 25, Knox is adding a fifth Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival date to next year’s season. He is also conducting research on organizing a beer festival, as well as coordinating a Shakespeare in the Park type event at Veterans Park, a music series, and other projects over the next decade.


“In the past two years our festivals have shown that Cabarrus County is full of creative people including musicians, belly dancers, clowns, painters, pottery makers, sculptors, authors, magicians and more,” Knox said. “There are plenty of people in our community who can help grow arts and culture in our area but just need a voice and a venue to help showcase those talents. DKI can provide the infrastructure to help Kannapolis Arts connect with more artists and performers in our community.


Eric Dearmon, president of Downtown Kannapolis Inc., was the driving force behind the partnership. “Michael has done a wonderful job creating a very successful Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and is actively pursuing other opportunities to bring more arts and entertainment to downtown. DKI will bring organization, funding and a much larger volunteer base to Kannapolis Arts,” Dearmon said. “We are very excited with our new partnership.”


Noelle Rhodes Scott, Cabarrus Arts Council president/CEO, has already endorsed the partnership. “The Cabarrus Arts Council is in full support of the efforts of Kannapolis Arts, and DKI is giving it a strong infrastructure with its support.,” Scott said. “We look forward to the continued growth of exciting arts programs in Kannapolis.”


About Downtown Kannapolis Inc. (DKI)


Downtown Kannapolis Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders committed to revitalize the historic downtown district. DKI provides proactive community based leadership in partnership with city government. Our primary goal is to create a thriving downtown through marketing and promotion, coordination of events and programs and support of investments in the physical environment.

If you would like to join us at DKI, visit our website at www.downtownkannapolis.org. Also, make sure to like our Facebook page to receive regular updates on all activities in downtown Kannapolis.


About Kannapolis Arts


Kannapolis Arts first started as Modern Film Festival in 2009 and included four years of bringing independent films to the Gem Theatre, including Cabarrus County based movies, “Stitched in Time,” “Jimmy” and “Witness Insecurity.” In 2013 it changed gears and introduced the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival. We went from a niche event to an all-encompassing Arts Festival. Kaleidoscope is free to all participants and continues to grow. We are finding that artists are telling their friends and now people come from Raleigh, Asheville, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Concord, Harrisburg, Charlotte and Rock Hill, S.C.



Michael Knox at 828-231-5037 or mknox@modernfilmzine.com for more information.