TowneBank’s support for Arts Council takes many forms

By on November 3, 2017

First row: Taylor Sugg (TowneBank North Carolina President), Chris Sawin (Dare County Arts Council Executive Director), and Mike Dianna (Black Opal Event Chair). Second row: Heather Akers (TowneBank RE Specialist), Ginny Flowers (DCAC President) and Lisa Brickhouse Davis (DCAC Board Member). Third row: Avery Harrison (DCAC Board Member), Morgan Mason (DCAC Board Member), and Monica Thibodeau (Black Opal Sponsorship Chair) Fourth row: Areca Oliff (TowneBank Branch Manager) and Molly Marks (DCAC Board Member). Fifth row: David McGlaughon (TowneBank EVP/Commercial Lender) and Marsha Griffith (DCAC Board Member).

As the Michelangelo Sponsor of Dare County Arts Council’s sold out Black Opal Masquerade Ball, TowneBank is supporting much more than the annual fund raiser, which was held  Oct. 28.

TowneBank’s $15,000 sponsorship of Black Opal supports numerous Dare County Arts Council programs and enables the nonprofit organization to fulfill their mission and thrive throughout the year.

“Working with TowneBank this year has been a wonderful experience,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “Their commitment to our mission has allowed us to expand our programs and serve more people than ever before.”


Dare County Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Series, which features four up-and-coming artists on the Outer Banks, is presented by TowneBank. The four artists (Pete Erickson, Jessie Taylor, Anna Doll and Kelly Cassady) and their guests will attend Black Opal on behalf of TowneBank. The Emerging Artists will also have work on display at the event and items in the event’s silent auction.

With TowneBank’s support, Dare County Arts Council has just launched their fall season of the Power of Art program, which is designed to give those with disabilities the opportunity to create and make critical decisions through unique art programs and events.

The groups participating in the Power of Art program this fall are the Monarch Beach Club, GEM Adult Day Services, Outer Banks Hotline, and the SNAP Group.

Dare County Arts Council began visiting Monarch Beach Club monthly with new fall art projects in September.

On Nov. 13, Dare County Arts Council will begin classes for adults with memory loss and dementia and their caregivers at GEM Adult Day Services.


The 4th Annual Women’s Empowerment Workshop with Outer Banks Hotline will be hosted at Dare County Arts Council on November 15.

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