1) Handmade in America to Offer Free Seminars for Artists
The Caldwell Arts Council, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) Small Business Center and HandMade in America are collaborating to offer the following free seminars tailored to the needs of the artisan. These classes will be offered at the JE Broyhill Civic Center meeting rooms 1913 Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir. For additional information contact Evelyn Asher (CCC&TI Small Business Center) at 828-263-5371 or the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486. The seminars will be held Oct. 17 from 5:30-7:30 at the JE Broyhill Civic Center. Come find out what should be in every artists’ portfolio, what your portfolio is judged on, and how to approach galleries. You will also learn how to think outside the box about exhibitions and some insider tips of how to get your work seen. Learn about how to approach galleries and create a portfolio for digital and print.
2) Northwest Regional Housing Authority Properties Smoke Free
The Northwest Regional Housing Authority’s (NWRHA) properties are now smoke free and began to implement this policy in August. The NWRHA Board and Executive Staff made the decision to implement a smoke-free policy for each of their fifteen properties, which covers multiple counties across Northwest North Carolina. There are three properties located in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany Counties. This smoke-free policy now extends the smoke-free area from common areas such as stairwells and hallways to all indoor areas including the resident’s unit. However, residents will be allowed to smoke outdoors. The NWRHA has worked with the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project which works closely with the local health departments in the region, including the Appalachian District Health Department, to assist with the process of developing and implementing a smoke-free policy. During this process, a tenant survey was sent to all residents to gauge their level of interest in a smoke-free policy. These results were compiled and shared with the NWRHA board. Smoking cessation resources have been provided to NWRHA to offer for those tenants interested in quitting smoking.