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“Thank you so much for the online performances you are posting. We have enjoyed them so much. Thank you to the staff and the performers for the effort it takes to put these on during Covid-19…”

“We have enjoyed the Wednesday night concerts and storytelling event. …Glad to continue to support access to these types of performances.”

We recently heard from several patrons about our livestream events. Coupled with the comments we have received during the live shows, our virtual events have been well received by The Clayton Center audience.

When we first began the weekly Wednesday virtual series – streamed from our Facebook Live page – we showcased local talent. And we can assure you that there is a lot of it in this area. We have enjoyed discovering new artists who are right in our own backyard. We hope that you have enjoyed them, too.

As North Carolina moved into Phase 2 of the pandemic response, we expanded our reach and began presenting a mix of local and regional artists. This wider circle is made possible, in part, by a partnership between The Clayton Center, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.  

We have presented 19 weekly Wednesday night concerts, plus two special events since we closed our doors to the public in March. (You can view recordings of these performances here.) We are working to bring you diversity in these events, and we hope that in the spirit of a “new normal,” you will tune in to enjoy a show you might not typically choose.

Until we can gather in person again, we look forward to seeing you Live on Facebook every Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

Olé! Learn the art of flamenco

flamenco vivo poster

Have you ever seen a flamenco dance and thought, “I’d love to move like that”? Now’s your chance to give it a whirl – without even leaving your home.

In a unique partnership, The Clayton Center is co-sponsoring a free, two-day flamenco workshop via Zoom. The workshop begins at 2 PM tomorrow, Saturday, August 8, and continues next Saturday, August 15.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents Flamenco Vivo with Laura – An Introduction to Flamenco Rhythm and Movement. The class introduces attendees (ages 12 and up) to the passion and excitement of flamenco dancing. (Find instructions below on how to join the Zoom workshops.)

One of America’s premier flamenco companies, Flamenco Vivo is based in New York and Durham. Instructor Laura Peralta currently performs and teaches workshops with the company.

The workshop is a collaboration between The Clayton Center, Flamenco Vivo, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.  

Space in the Zoom workshop is limited to 100 students. The class format is 30 minutes of movement followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. According to Flamenco Vivo, the workshops are sequential, with Day 2 building on Day 1. However, those who can only join the workshop on the second Saturday should feel comfortable participating.

Your instructor

Laura Peralta began her musical studies at the age of 8, attending the Manhattan School of Music and later the Johns Hopkins University. She began her dance studies at the age of 23 with Omayra Amaya in New York City. Laura has performed in the NYC area and toured throughout the U.S. She was a scholarship recipient for the School at Jacob’s Pillow and has had original work selected for festivals. Laura currently teaches, performs and continues her flamenco studies in New York City and Seville, Spain.

How to participate in the class

If you have never used Zoom, visit https://zoom.us/meetings to create a free account and download the app.

At the scheduled time, sign in to Zoom and enjoy the fun and excitement of Flamenco dance.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/2534206821?pwd=OG9hRk9rSW5naExvZzJkcVY2eTFudz09

Meeting ID: 253 420 6821
Passcode: fvclayton


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Carolina Youth Theatre sings for the community

Carolina Youth Theatre presents CYT Sings!, a virtual benefit concert that will be livestreamed from The Clayton Center auditorium on July 30, at 7:00 PM.

A collaboration between current and former students, the concert features soloists and virtual choir compilations of uplifting Broadway tunes that affirm the importance of community. The concert replaces CYT’s annual summer musical production postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to giving CYT students and alumni an opportunity to showcase their talents and entertain audiences, CYT Sings! allows CYT to give back to local businesses supported the organization since it was founded in 2007. Donations can be made by texting CYTSINGS to 44-321.

In line with its mission to educate and serve its community, half of the net concert proceeds will be donated to the Clayton Chamber Foundation’s Small Business Grant Fund, which was created in response to the devastating economic effects of the pandemic.

The concert is free, and because of Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no live audience. You can access the concert from The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page.

For more information, visit Carolina Youth Theatre online.

CVA announces annual Art Faire

If you’ve ever been to The Clayton Center for a meeting, a show or just to pay a bill, it’s likely that you have noticed the artwork that hangs in our main lobby. The art exhibits are curated by Clayton Visual Arts, a member organization that prides itself on being the primary visual arts programming group in Clayton. 

CVA 2020 Art Faire logo

CVA recently announced its 22nd annual Art Faire competition, which is typically displayed at The Clayton Center. Amid COVID-19 concerns and the shut down of the Center to the public, CVA will hold the 2020 event online. The virtual Art Faire will require artists to submit images of their artwork for judging. Visit CVA online for details about the competition.

Over the years, CVA has sponsored a variety of diverse projects. They sponsor visual art shows and juried competitions, as well as conducting artist’s demonstrations and teaching seminars, and providing forums for artists to display and sell their work. The group sponsors fundraising events to provide financial support to maintain its own programs and operations and support special public arts projects, and works to maximize the overall quality, diversity and accessibility to all the area’s arts activities.

Founded in 1999, CVA became a partner of The Clayton Center and the Town of Clayton in 2004, just a few short years after The Clayton Center doors were opened. In addition to curating the art exhibits, CVA uses space at The Clayton Center for its member meetings, its monthly Meet the Artists receptions and other special events.

We look forward to Clayton Visual Arts continuing their work in the community and at The Clayton Center when we are ready to resume operations.

Auditorium is backdrop for Shana Tucker video session

Shana Tucker video shoot at TCC

One of our audience favorites, the talented Shana Tucker, was recently in the house to record a segment for the Appalachian State University summer festival.

The ASU annual event is happening virtually this year, so when Shana was invited to participate in the program, she decided to pre-record the performance portions of of her presentation. 

“I was asked to participate in a live stream performance,” Shana said. “I have done more than a few livestreams since COVID; I have had some good ones, and some not-so-good ones. In order to ensure that my performance looks and sounds as good as I always hope to present, I suggested to the presenters that we pre-record the performance components. I will appear live for any spoken commentary or the interview portions of the livestream, with the performances as shared screen offerings in between the talking moments.” 

Shana said that she chose The Clayton Center as the backdrop for her videos because “The Clayton Center is such a beautiful space, both aesthetically and acoustically. I appreciate that space was made to accommodate my idea of filming a concert in a space that looks like a concert space.  

“I appreciate that Scotty opened The Clayton Center doors and welcomed us into the space so that we had the figurative and literal “room” to create a high-quality performance piece, and also so we would have the chance to play music together (in person) again. We hadn’t done that as a quartet since January…it felt good to play familiar music with familiar people, with friends…in a friendly, familiar place.” 

Shana also said that she prefers this style of livestream, since it affords the artist the benefit of showing up properly in performance, while also introducing the artist as a person, introducing their personality, to the viewing/listening audience.  

Shana’s performance goes live on July 10 at 7:30 PM. Get more information about the Appalachian State University summer music festival, here.