Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina’s Moore Square, City Plaza and Convention Center has for decades hosted a number of entertainment, arts, cultural affairs, conferences and charitable events each year adjacent to Shaw University and historic Southeast Raleigh.
Raleigh 2014 is an award winning lifestyles mecca for singles and families. Raleigh downtown is eclectic. It now has a slow but cool urban-feeling inviting everyone both day and night to something almost every weekend.
The arts are huge here and non-profits are well organized and great places to learn a about the humanities and aesthetics and a business sense of the arts, culture, program administration and etiquette from its upscale players with non-profit savvy.
The folks that run Artsplosure have created significant “public benefit” and diverse opportunities for residents, local and southeast regional artists to enjoy community events and opportunity. Artsplosure and First Night Raleigh are huge.
According to the Artsplosure website…
Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented scores of outdoor programs and large-scale festivals featuring thousands of established and emerging visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists in numerous traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings.
Artsplosure was initially organized in 1978 by the Raleigh Arts Commission to produce high quality and accessible arts festivals, and to serve as an umbrella organization for emerging and established arts groups seeking to reach wider audiences.
Since then, Artsplosure has put on dozens of other events, including the popular First Night® Raleigh beginning in 1992. Other events have included the Jazz & Blue Music Festival, a series of Arts Alive on Lichtin Plaza events, and the African American Cultural Festival.