Bridging Art and Community: Statesville's Iredell Arts Council

Last Updated 2/7/2024In Discover Statesville - The Show

Stepping into the Old Jail in Statesville, North Carolina, you might expect echoes of the past, but it’s vibrant strokes of creativity and the hum of music that greet you, courtesy of the Iredell Arts Council. We had the pleasure of sitting down with John Koppelmeyer, the executive director, whose own story is as colorful as the artwork on the walls. From John's switch from children's behavioral health to championing our local arts, his journey mirrors the transformative power of the council's work. Together, we weave through the council's history, the robust lifeline it provided during the pandemic, and John's unwavering commitment to fostering community through the arts.

Our community pulses with the beat of every concert and the flicker of film reels, a testament to the council's electric programming. Imagine the streets alive with the sounds of Mardi Gras band Cha Wa, or the Old Jail turning into a conduit for culture with our diverse monthly art series. We spotlight the upcoming acts poised to enchant our audiences, from the Mike Strauss Band’s melodious narratives to Kyshona's life-altering outreach through music. It's not just a lineup; it's a bridge that connects the very soul of Statesville to the wider world of artistic expression.

The power of partnership shines through as we delve into the synergies that bring our events to life, like our highly anticipated Rocky Horror Picture Show, or the support from Visit North Carolina that helps put our unique venue on the map. From sewer mound art on the greenway to murals on our basketball courts, we explore how art seeps into every corner of Statesville, thanks to our dedicated volunteers, board members, and benefactors. So, plug in your headphones and let us guide you through the tapestry of events and initiatives that make up the heartbeat of our town, and don't forget to connect with us to continue the journey beyond the mic.

Learn more about the Iredell Arts Council here

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