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United Arts Council

Big Night In for the Arts

Thank You to our Big Night In Supporters who raised over $350,000

Thank you to all who made
Big Night In for the Arts
such a success!

Big Night In for the Arts was not just BIG, it was HUGE! On Thursday March 11, 35,000 viewers tuned in to WRAL-TV to celebrate the arts with us. With the help of 600 corporate sponsors and individual donors, Big Night In for the Arts raised more than $350,000!

Your support will help the arts industry of the Triangle begin a path to recovery post-pandemic. Proceeds will fund arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and arts relief efforts.

In case you missed it, you can watch some of the performances HERE, the Digital Kickoff Party on our YouTube Channel, and the Artists in Schools segment featured on WRAL that evening. 

And you can still make a donation through the online portal.


This star-studded evening celebrating the Triangle arts community was presented by United Arts, Chatham Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, and Orange County Arts Commission, with

Big Night Inn Performers Ariana Debose, Branford Marsalis, Scotty McCreery, Mandolin Orange and Mike Wiley

Ariana DeBose: Tony-nominated actress/singer/dancer and Raleigh native, who will be starring as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film West Side Story.
Photo Credit: Robb Klassen

Branford Marsalis: Three-time Grammy-award winner and internationally renowned saxophonist based in Durham, recently wrote the score for Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Photo Credit: Roger Thomas

Scotty McCreery: ACM and CMT Award-winning country music singer and Garner native
Photo Credit: John Shearer

Mandolin Orange: Nationally acclaimed folk music duo based in Chapel Hill, featuring singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz.
Photo Credit: Kendall Bailey

Mike Wiley: Nationally acclaimed actor and playwright based in Chatham County shines the light on key figures in African American history through his performances.
Photo Credit: Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Big Night In Sponsor List


Participating Arts Organizations' logos Presented by WRAL-TV

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Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002