FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2023
NATIONAL AND LOCAL ARTISTS UNITE WITH
FOUR LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND WRAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ARTS
Big Night In for the Arts Returns on March 9 at 7:00 p.m.on WRAL
Featuring Rissi Palmer, Chatham Rabbits, Beth Leavel, and more!
The sponsor deadline extended until February 17, 2023
Raleigh, NC—The arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties, in partnership with WRAL-TV, are joining forces once again to broadcast Big Night In for the Arts. Over the past two years, this regional fundraising initiative has raised more than $615,000 to ensure that the arts and culture will continue to thrive and remain a part of what makes the Triangle a unique place to live, work, and play.
This year’s superstar line-up includes Grammy-nominated country musician Rissi Palmer, roots music duo Chatham Rabbits, Tony Award-winning star Beth Leavel, Appalachian-Venezuelan fusion duo Larry & Joe, stick artist Patrick Dougherty, and spoken word poet and current Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu.
**NEW** This year includes a Triangle-wide watch party. In addition to the WRAL broadcast, Big Night In sponsors at all levels will be invited to the in-person watch party at The Mayton in Downtown Cary, NC, with a special live performance from Rissi Palmer!
The Triangle arts councils are grateful to their generous corporate and individual sponsors who have already stepped up to support the arts through this event. The sponsor deadline has been extended until February 17, 2023. Supporters can make a gift to benefit the four counties collectively or designate which specific county they would like to support.
Join us on March 9, 2023 at the Big Night In Watch Party or tune in to WRAL-TV or WRAL.com at 7:00 p.m. from the comfort of your home and show your support of the arts! The broadcast will be closed captioned and audio described to increase accessibility for everyone interested in participating. For more information visit https://bignightin.org/
About Big Night In for the Arts:
Born during the pandemic out of a love and respect for the arts, Big Night In for the Arts is a regional fundraising event to ensure that arts and culture will continue to thrive and remain part of what makes our region a unique place to live. Arts agencies from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties have joined together in support of a mutual cause. In partnership with WRAL-TV, the Chatham Arts Council, the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are working together to maximize efforts to rally robust financial support for artists and arts/cultural organizations during Big Night In. For more information, please visit bignightin.org
About United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County:
The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is designated by the Wake County Commissioners and the North Carolina Arts Council as the official local arts agency for Wake County. As a private nonprofit, United Arts has worked for more than 30 years to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through the support of and advocacy for the arts. United Arts partners with businesses, individuals, foundations, and government to provide life-changing arts programming and support to our schools and community, resources and opportunities for artists, and arts integration training for teachers. Learn more at UnitedArts.org
About WRAL-TV’S Parent Company:
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WNGT-CD, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, WRAL Digital and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality, the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC.