Personal Enrichment Events
Arida Arts Symposium | Arts and Humanities Series | Celebration of Women in the Arts | Blue Ridge Concert Series | Great Books Discussion | Kehr Lecture Series | Music by the Lake | Writer’s Support Group
Arida Arts Symposium
This annual event honors North Carolina artists and their contributions to the arts.
All events are funded by the Gamil T. Arida Endowment Fund through Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation and are free to the public.
Arts and Humanities Series
This annual series presents programs throughout the year featuring a wide variety of performance arts including theater, music, and dance as well as presentations about humanities issues.
Celebration of Women in the Arts
The Celebration of Women in the Arts was created in 1992 to honor women artists by celebrating their creativity and imagination and their diverse contributions to the cultural life of our community. The Celebration includes an exhibition of visual art in the Patton Building Room 150 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as well as a presentation at 7:30pm in the adjacent auditorium. This event is usually scheduled on the last Thursday in March during Women's History Month. The exhibit includes works from a range of media, including sculpture, painting, fiber figures, wooden furniture, jewelry, photography, ceramic art, handwoven pieces and gourd art. The evening presentation includes a variety of art forms such as instrumental and vocal music, dance, theater, mime, performance poetry and puppetry or may be the screening of a film. Seating at the performance is first come, first served. Admission is free.
Blue Ridge Concert Series
Each year Community Enrichment presents the Blue Ridge Concert Series featuring highly acclaimed classical artists of national renown as well as two concerts by musicians from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. By offering the series of six concerts in addition to a variety of other performances and cultural events throughout the year, the College seeks to play an active role in enhancing the cultural life of the community. All concerts are scheduled on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Thomas Auditorium in the Sink Building.
Season tickets are $50, single tickets $10, and student tickets $3. For information about the series call 828-694-1743 or 828-694-1860.
Great Books Discussion
Engage in the “Great Conversation” with some of the most probing minds of the Western tradition! No lectures, no experts. Instead, Great Books asks the question, “Why does the author say this?” and then the group, through a process of shared inquiry in which everyone may participate, proceeds to search for answers that may be capable of transforming our view of ourselves and the world. For the fall series as well as the spring series, a volume prepared by the Great Books Foundation is chosen from which selections will be read and discussed at biweekly sessions. These volumes are available for purchase at the College Bookstore. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays in the President's Dining Room in the Killian Building. Current facilitators for these sessions are Jim and Carol Ward. .
Kehr Lecture Series
This series brings expert presenters to discuss issues relative to horticulture and environmental science. Events are funded by the August E. Kehr and Mary Louise Kehr Lecture Series Fund through Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation.
Music by the Lake
Each summer, Blue Ridge Community College offers summer concerts beside the College lake as a gift to the community. These free Sunday evening concerts are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature a wide range of musical and vocal groups. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the music by the lake. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Thomas Auditorium in the Sink Building.
2015 Schedule for Music by the Lake
May 17: Lonesome Road
June 21: Cecilia St. King
July 26: Elise Pratt & Mike Holstein (jazz)
August 23: Carburetors
The 2015 Music by the Lake series is sponsored by Morris Broadband and Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.
Writer’s Support Group
The Writers' Support Group is open to anyone who is seriously interested in being published. This group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month in the President's Dining Room in the Killian Building. There is no fee and writers are welcome to join at any time.