WRAL-TV is partnering again this year with four Triangle arts councils to help the arts community of our region continue to rebuild and emerge resiliently from the pandemic. The evening will benefit the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, Chatham Arts Council, Durham Arts Council and Orange County Arts Commission.
The broadcast will take place Thursday March 10th from 7pm-8pm on WRAL-TV with hosts WRAL Anchors Lena Tillett, Dan Haggerty, Debra Morgan, Gerald Owens and David Crabtree.
The second annual Big Night In for the Arts will feature a superstar line-up folk music band Hiss Golden Messenger, musician Ben Folds, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, tap dancer Jabu Graybeal, poet Jaki Shelton Green, and potter Mark Hewitt.
“One of the great WRAL community partnerships that was born out of the pandemic was ‘Big Night In for the Arts,’ a program celebrating arts across our region,” said WRAL-TV Station Manager Heather Gray. “In 2021, we helped four local arts councils (Wake, Orange, Durham and Chatham counties) with a television and digital entertainment fundraiser. The counties were so pleased with the money raised and, more importantly, the awareness raised about their respective organizations, that they asked to continue in 2022. We were thrilled to partner again and the WRAL Local Production team got to work, producing new content and refining the program for this year.”
The event will feature performances from local and national talent, address the impact of COVID-19 on the arts, and highlight the missions of the four organizations that lead and support the Triangle’s arts infrastructure. Funds raised will help local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations continue on a path of recovery and reentry post-pandemic.
Find out more: bignightin.org