Artsplosure Needs You!

Artsplosure logo Capitol Broadcasting Company & WRAL-TV are major sponsors of the 27th annual Artsplosure festival in downtown Raleigh, and Artsplosure organizers are looking for volunteers. Can you help?

Artsplosure will take place on Saturday, May 20th, and Sunday, May 21st. About 500 volunteers are needed to make the festival a success. Jobs range from working with children at “Kidsplosure” to transporting performers.

Would You Like to Volunteer?
Dates: Sat, May 20th
Sun, May 21st
Contact: Michael Lowder
Mary Moffitt
Sign Up: Fill out a Volunteer Form
Or sign up online

Artsplosure particularly needs trustworthy and outgoing people to help with merchandise and beer sales.

If you can help with merchandise or beer sales, contact Michael Lowder via email or call 832-8699. If you’d like to sign up for the many other great volunteer roles, fill out a volunteer sign up form. You can also sign up by visiting or by calling Mary Moffitt at 832-8699. You’ll get a great t-shirt for donating you time!

This year’s festival will feature: 170 juried visual artists exhibiting and selling their work; the always popular “Kidsplosure” interactive area for children and their parents; acrobats, contortionists, mimes, and street musicians; an exhibition of middle and high school student art; and several interactive sculptural installations.

Pizza logoMusical performers scheduled to appear include:

  • Blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin with The Nighthawks;
  • multiple Grammy-winning contemporary Jazz quartet Yellowjackets;
  • up-and-coming Jazz fusion sensation Javier Gracia (Afro Cuban/American Funk);
  • roots musician Corey Harris (Blues/African Pop);
  • acoustic bluesman Charlie A’Court;
  • the Americana/Traditional musical collective The Hackensaw Boys

Also set to appear are:

  • the Europa Jazz Quartet with Katharine Whalen,
  • the Maxwell/Moser Band,
  • Rhythmicity,
  • and the John Brown Quintet

In addition, Exploris will open their doors free to the public during the Artsplosure weekend with dancing on the courtyard and lots of family-friendly activities throughout the museum. They’re also hosting a terrific exhibition entitled “The Spirit of Mexico & The World.”

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Loretta Harper-Arnold for this capcom story.

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