Finding Aid of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1992/2004">1992 - 2009</date>, ORG.5098

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Finding Aid of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1992/2004">1992 - 2009</date>, ORG.5098

Abstract

The mission of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is to promote an appreciation of, and involvement in, the performing arts on the Outer Banks and nearby areas through the presentation of an annual series of affordable concerts by diverse artists. The Forum is a non-profit organization and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. The Forum's season runs from September to May. All performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records contain financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, information on grants, performers, and programs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records
Call Number
ORG.5098
Creator
Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts
Date
1983-2012
Extent
5.17 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ORG.5098, Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Records contains financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, information on grants, performers, and programs.

Arrangement Note

This collection is divided into twelve main series: Board Meeting Minutes Correspondence Financial Records Grants Membership and Subscriptions Sustaining Fund Performers and Programs Organizational Papers Other Organizations Scrapbooks Publicity and Photographs.

Historical Note

In 1983, a meeting was held at the Southern Shores Fire Station to explore the idea of bringing performing arts to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Charles Herman, joined by his wife Betty, Andy Cagiano, Doug Wilson, Paul and Lillian Oswald, Randall Wrenn, Ann Parlette, and Warren Davis became the nucleus of what was to become the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.

Initally admission to performances was free and performers were selected from local residents. Among the first performers were Dr. Lily Chou, Dick Jordan, Susan Archbell, Vera Evans, and Ellie Cushing. Though the majority of the shows were held in the Kitty Hawk Elementry School Auditorium, other venues included the Baum Center, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, and Kitty Hawk Baptist Church. Eventually the Kitty Hawk Elementry School's auditorium become the Forum's home, until 2004, when the venue changed to the newly constructed First Flight High School's auditorium. Eventually, the Forum's Board determined that if the forum was to grow, they would need to expand their search for performers, and money would be needed to pay fees and travel expenses. The inital performace fee averaged $300.

Today the Forum has grown to become an incorporated, non-profit, tax-exempt organization of over 400 members. The operation of its business is closely managed by a twelve member, all-volunteer board of directors that includes a finance professional as treasurer.

By underwriting many of the Forum programs, the local business community has enabled the organization to attract high quality jazz, opera, symphony, drama, and vocal performances. Other funding comes from the subscriptions, ticket sales, and an annual campaign for contributions from individuals in the area. An effort has been made to keep ticket prices as low as possible to provide access to a broad audience.

Cooperative liaisons exist with the North Carolina and Dare County Arts Councils, the Theatre of Dare, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Through the use of Kitty Hawk High School for performances, the Forum has established a mutally beneficial situation between the organization and the schools. Each year the Forum awards a scholarship to a high school graduate entering the performing arts. Young people are encouraged to participate and help with staging Outer Banks Forum performances and preparing the programs. The Forum's season runs from September-May.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Finding Aid
1:1.1
Board Meeting Minutes
ORG.5098
Correspondence
ORG.5098
Financial Records
ORG.5098
Grants
ORG.5098
Memberships and Subscriptions
ORG.5098
Sustaining Fund
ORG.5098
Performers and Programs
ORG.5098
Organizational Papers
ORG.5098
Other Organizations
ORG.5098
Scrapbooks
ORG.5098
Ephemera
12:12.1
Publicity
ORG.5098

Subject Headings

  • Dare County Arts Council
  • Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts
  • Concerts--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Performing arts--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Tama Creef and Kelly R. Grimm, December 2009
  • Encoded by Kelly R. Grimm, December 2009