Coxe: Chowan Arts Council aims to expand programming
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, December 15, 2018
As president of the Chowan Arts Council Board of Directors, Regan Coxe is working to expand the arts council’s programs and provide more opportunities for exposing youth to the arts.
“We are trying to grow the arts in Edenton for the community and our children,” said Coxe. “Our main focus is to bring in programming.”
Coxe said the arts council has several ongoing and upcoming events this month.
Throughout December, Pocosin Medalsmith Arts Guild members are displaying jewelry in the Chowan Arts Council Gallery.
A Confection Perfection event also will be held at the Chowan Arts Council Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Author Karen F. Gilbert will sign her second children’s book in the Rufus T. Rouse series, “Mystery at the Manger,” during the event. Coxe said nature artist E.M. Corsa will also display her work at the event.
Coxe has served as the arts council’s president for more than two and a half years. She served as a board member for six years before that.
Growing up in Knoxville, Tenn., Coxe gained a love of the arts from her mother and grandmother, both of whom were artists.
Coxe earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. She moved with her husband, Miles, to Edenton more than 20 years ago. Coxe said they enjoy spending time with their children Eliza and Annamiles.
The Chowan Arts Council is currently raising funds to purchase a building on Water Street to serve as its new headquarters.
“It’s a great space,” Coxe said.
Founded in 1976, the Chowan Arts Council previously was located in the basement of the Swain Building before moving to its current location at 504 South Broad Street.
Coxe said relocating into a larger facility would make it possible for the arts council to offer art workshops for both children and adults. It also would provide a space for arts-related events where artists could give presentations and musicians could perform.
“We want to grow the arts and in order to do that we need to grow the space,” she said.
For more information about the Chowan Arts Council, visit the organization’s Facebook page or website at www.chowanarts.com/.