The Yadkin Arts Council receives grant funding to purchase a high-tech video system to help further their mission during COVID times

This new equipment will provide the ability to record and stream a variety of performances and lessons

The Yadkin Arts Council is pleased to be able to purchase a new video equipment system with grants from the Yadkin County Legacy Fund, BB&T Truist Fund, and E.H. Barnard Charitable Trust. The purchase of this equipment will allow the arts council to keep providing quality Willingham Theater content as well as streamed classes through the Willingham Performing Arts Academy, Junior Appalachian Musicians Program, and beyond.

With the impact of COVID-19 all across the world, it became evident that online learning was going to become the new normal. Keeping this in mind, The Yadkin Arts Council decided to seek the funding necessary to provide quality content amidst the crisis. Pre-Covid, the Willingham Performing Arts Academy offered 17 different after-school acting, dance, and vocal classes, with 9 stage productions each year. WPAA averaged around 75 students each semester, ranging from ages 5 to 24 in their after-school program, and had students up to the age 65 and over for production based classes. Keeping these programs in mind, the arts council decided to invest in a system in which they would be able to provide the students and community with the option to participate in our programs through an online platform. With the purchase of the new video camera system, students were able to take classes remotely as well as record their productions in small groups. The Willingham Performing Arts Academy has been a leader in Yadkin County, moving their courses to a virtual platform and maintaining engagement with the students and community while keeping them safe at home. At the start of the pandemic, this was done mainly through the use of cellphones and personal computers. The new system has improved their ability to provide professional quality content. Additionally, this system has helped with the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program this Fall. Because this program went virtual this semester, through the purchase of the equipment, instructors have had the chance to record classes and additional content to supplement their weekly Zoom classes.

To date, the Yadkin Arts Council has reached over 7,000 patrons through WPAA productions and wants this to continue to grow. With the goal of increasing access to the arts during the pandemic, the arts council looks forward to finding more ways to engage patrons through virtual means until audiences can gather in person again. Theatregoers should be on the lookout for more opportunities happening virtually in the Willingham Theater in the near future! These events will be posted on Facebook at Facebook.com/yadkinarts and on the website www.yadkinarts.org.

*The Yadkin Arts Council would like to thank The Yadkin County Legacy Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, as well as BB&T Truist Fund, and the E.H. Barnard Charitable Trust for their generous grants that helped make the purchase of this equipment possible*

Additional Information:

What: The Yadkin Arts Council

Where: 226 East Main Street, Yadkinville, NC 27055

Additional information: YadkinArts.org, Facebook.com/yadkinarts

About the Yadkin Arts Council

Transforming lives in our community through the arts by offering opportunities to encounter, create, and participate is the Yadkin Arts Council’s mission. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination, and helps people see the world from different perspectives.

The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Yadkin County citizens. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios.

About the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center

The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is an arts campus located in downtown Yadkinville and is home to the Willingham Theater, Welborn Gallery, the Center Bistro, the Willingham Performing Arts Academy, Spark Costume Shop, the Front Yard private event space, and The YARD artist studios.

The state of the art Willingham Theater seats 193 people and showcases performances in music, dance, drama, and film.

Located directly outside of the theater is the Welborn Gallery, which has exhibits that change every two months and feature wide varieties of mediums of 2D and 3D art.

In 2018 the Arts Center also became home to the Willingham Performing Arts Academy; a facility that provides a place to enrich, educate, create, entertain, and collaborate with the community through professional quality productions and training in the arts.

Also located within the Arts Center, is the town renowned Center Bistro, which offers an eclectic mix of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, wraps, soups, fresh salads, and more all of which can be enjoyed inside the bistro or outside on the plaza. The Bistro also serves dinner on select evenings and for special events and offers catering. To make reservations or to order catering from The Center Bistro, call 336.677.6006.