Fact: We seek ways to feel proud about the cities in which our families and friends live. Whether our fellow urbanites celebrate local sports teams, cultural districts, festivals, et cetera, there exists some championed qualities that cultivate an identity.
A metropolis like New York City or Chicago already has an identity based upon its rich history intermingled with outlets for classic and modern appetites: burlesque shows to tech conventions – and every conceivable thing in between. Burgeoning cities like Raleigh work toward establishing an identity amid rapid growth. Councils, organizations, philanthropists, donors, and volunteers cluster together based upon their predilections and create something.
Raleigh, North Carolina, recently became exceptionally adept at closing the gap between it and other “more cultural” centers around the United States. With hubs like HQ Raleigh that welcome start-up companies to the Visual Art Exchange that foster creative artistry, there’s plenty in the Tar Heel state’s capital to celebrate. Though two weekends ago was its 9th annual event, SPARKcon is one of those reasons to take delight for living in The City of Oaks.
From Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 14th, downtown Raleigh hosted another SPARKcon, a multifaceted exhibition of creative talents. Attendees enjoyed art, music, film, fashion, dance, comedy, and so much more from dozens of local and regional artists. Across four days and among more than twenty venues, SPARKcon extolled the value of local artists and the act of fostering creativity.
The website offers links to specify activities based upon location and category, as well as provides a detailed description. You can see all of what to expect for next year’s event.
We at Mercedes-Benz of Cary encourage you to support the local arts, so we hope that you’ll join us next time by attending at least one day of this four-day extravaganza in 2015. You may also find more information on how to donate to the local arts via the Raleigh Arts Council.