Central Park NC (Yadkin/Pee Dee Lakes Project, Inc.)
Star, North Carolina
Star, North Carolina, a town of 807, is at the geographic center of the state. A former mill town, Star partnered with rural economic development not-for-profit Central Park NC to create the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in 2005, which has successfully grown small business and attracted entrepreneurs who are tied to the creative sectors, such as glassworks and ceramics.
Central Park NC and the Town of Star partnered again on an Our Town grant related to the creation and promotion of a glass arts community in Star. Project activities include planning and development of a new annual FireFest event, an annual glass public sculpture competition, and development of multimedia promotional materials for the community including video, social media, wayfinding signage, and downloadable print materials. The Center will work with local glass artist Eddie Bernard and his business Wet Dog Glass LLC on the project. The project is expected to increase the number of resident glass artists and other arts related jobs in Star, and to increase retail sales through increased tourism and establishment of galleries, shops, and community public spaces focused on glass art.