Briana Duggan

CAJA Fellow

Before finding her way to public radio, Briana traveled throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East in the pursuit of adventure. When she returned to Charlotte, she found that there was much exploration to do in her own hometown. She was the reporter on the area's arts and culture scene as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance (CAJA), a consortium of local media dedicated to covering the arts.

Briana graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, and later UNC-Chapel Hill, with a degree in International Relations.

In her free time, Briana likes to practice her Spanish, and her dance moves, at the local salsa clubs.

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CAJA
11:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dumpster-Diving Artist Searches Charlotte For Inspiration

Henrique Oliveira searches a dumpsters for materials for his installation at UNCC's Projective Eye Gallery. "My interest in found materials was never as a substitute for a new one, in a sense of working on a budget," he said. "It can be used to create an object that is new but feels as if it is something alive."
Credit Briana Duggan

Throughout January, a Brazilian artist will create a structure made out of Charlotte's trash. The work will be on display at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building. WFAE's Briana Duggan rode along with the artist as he hunted for materials and found that gaining access to these things that no one wants – is more difficult you would think.


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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Mon January 6, 2014

After 70 Years In Boxes, Photos By Charlotte Woman Find Place At Mint, Met

At 93, Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer is exhibiting photos she took in 1940s New York in her first major exhibition at the Mint Museum Randolph.
Credit Briana Duggan

In 1940s New York City there was a group of young idealistic photographers that called themselves the New York Photo League. They took to the streets to document the city’s inequality with the hope of changing it. Photos from the League are now on display at the Mint Museum Randolph through June 29.

Photographs taken by Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer are the focus of the exhibit, but the real story is how they got there.


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Arts & Life
10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Charlotte's Other Concert Venue: Your Living Room

The crowd listens closely during a concert at Judy Mace's home. "I just wanted the chance to hear concerts ina place where people were really listening and respectful of the musicians," says Mace.
Credit Briana Duggan


Many music venues go to lengths to give their space that cozy, homey feel. And then, there’s the real thing. A living room or garage may be smaller than your typical concert hall, but house concerts can often be more lucrative for musicians.

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Local News
6:10 am
Fri August 2, 2013

After Long Journey, What Refugees Find Upon Arrival

Moments after arriving to the Charlotte airport as refugee, Khup Than Lun embraces her great-nephew. The two haven't seen eachother in two years, since they were both living in Malaysia after fleeing Burma.
Briana Duggan

There’s a lot of debate surrounding immigration, but there is one kind of immigration that receives bipartisan support– that of refugees. More than 2,000 refugees resettled in North Carolina last year. We often hear about what refugees have to leave behind – war and persecution – but what is waiting for refugees when they get here? 

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive

The Mint Museum and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010 as part of the Levine Cultural Campus.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.

The Arts and Science Council was created decades ago to be the primary fundraiser for Charlotte's cultural sector. But it is no longer the money-raising powerhouse it once was. Cultural institutions that rely on the ASC, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."


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Local News
6:05 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 1: How We Got Into This Mess

Scott Provancher, the former President of the Arts and Science Council, who stepped down from the position earlier this month.
Briana Duggan

There’s a group in Charlotte called the Cultural Life Task Force meeting every couple of weeks with a charge to save the city’s cultural sector. The traditional way arts and culture is being funded in the city is no longer working, and as a result, Charlotte’s arts institutions face an uncertain future.


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Arts & Life
9:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Task Force Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

A photo from the Cultural Life Task Force's June 10 meeting.
Credit Carolina PR

  Many of Charlotte’s largest arts organizations are in financial trouble. Funding from the Arts and Science Council is down and groups must figure out where money will come from in the future. 

Recently, a task force formed to help out. The Cultural Life Task Force met Monday at the Arts and Science Council offices, and discussed, among other things, whether the Arts and Science Council is necessary.  

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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Fri June 7, 2013

From Soviet Romania To Front Stage: Charlotte Symphony's Concertmaster

Credit Briana Duggan

The Charlotte Symphony begins its summer outdoor concert series this weekend. And before the conductor steps onto Symphony Park stage, steps the orchestra’s highest ranked member: the concertmaster. He takes the seat to the left of the conductor.

For the last ten years, one man has occupied that chair: Romanian born violinist, Calin Lupanu. WFAE's Briana Duggan met with the concertmaster and discovered that the route to that chair has been a tumultuous one.

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Arts & Life
9:37 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Forget 'Buffy', A Local Writer's Spin On A Vampire Slayer

"When writers create worlds, it's always imaginary even if it's modern day Charlotte," says local writer Faith Hunter. "The restaurants change, the stop signs change...I get to go a whole lot farther with my make believe than the average person."
Briana Duggan

If you saw Wonder Woman or Frodo Baggins near the university area this weekend, don't worry, it wasn't your eyes. It was probably someone from ConCarolinas, a sci-fi and fantasy convention that attracted about 1,300 filmmakers, writers, and enthusiasts.

Some writers didn't have to travel far. WFAE's Briana Duggan profiles a Charlotte-based writer who has found quite a following, thanks to one shape-shifting Cherokee vampire slayer.
 

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Arts & Life
11:57 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Dancing Out True Tales Of Murder

UNCC professor E.E. Balcos, at center, practices with several local dancers for Friday's performance of Deep Water: The Murder Ballads. Balcos and composer John Allemeier have been working together on Deep Water for about two years.
Briana Duggan

Not all love stories have a happy ending. Consider one of the most famous ballets of all time, Swan Lake. The story ends with two lovers drowning themselves when they can’t be together.

But then again, that is fiction. A dance performance this weekend portrays true stories from our region. We already know how these relationships end: with murder in the first degree.

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