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Ben Folds, Jaki Shelton Green lead 'Big Night In for the Arts' lineup

WRAL has teamed up with arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties for a live event on March 10 to help benefit the arts community devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — WRAL will once again team up with arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties for a live event to help benefit the arts community devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Big Night In for the Arts will be live wherever you watch WRAL on March 10 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature performances from local and national talent, including Ben Folds and Poet Laureate of North Carolina Jaki Shelton Green.

The one-hour show will also address the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and highlight the missions of the four organizations that lead and support the Triangle's arts infrastructure.

The lineup for "Big Night In for the Arts" also includes dancer Jabu Graybeal, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and Americana folk band Hiss Golden Messenger. There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour and demo from Pittsboro pottery maker Mark Hewitt. He will showcase what it takes to create one of his works of art and viewers will be able to bid on the finished piece after the show airs.

Donations will be accepted via the Big Night In website. Money raised from the event go toward arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts and artist/arts organizations’ relief.
The first Big Night In for the Arts aired on WRAL last year and raised $349,000 for local arts. It featured a performance from Academy Award nominated Ariana DeBose.

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