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.

Pages

Arts & Life
9:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Symphony Takes Steps To Diversify Audience

At Pop Up Opera, the Charlotte Symphony displayed facts about composers, musicians, and the operas. The KnightSounds series is geared toward attracting young, and diverse audiences, while also engaging its traditional supporters in new ways.
Briana Duggan

The Charlotte Symphony is in the midst of change. For 10 years, the Symphony’s been running a deficit. It is now trying to appeal to a younger and more diverse audience without upsetting its traditional supporters.

The KnightSounds series is part of that effort. It’s a series of informal concerts geared to attracting first-timers to the Symphony. The latest show was called Pop Up Opera it’s an effort that’s still evolving.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:23 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Anonymous Donors Give Charlotte Symphony $2 Million

Charlotte Symphony

A group of anonymous donors is giving the Charlotte Symphony $2 million. The donors’ contribution could increase if some financial goals are met.

The donation represents about one-quarter of the Symphony’s $9 million budget.

Two-thirds of that comes from fundraising, but it’s been 10 years since the Symphony met its fundraising goals, says Robert Stickler. He’s the Symphony’s Interim Executive Director.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:38 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Charity Auctions Art To Benefit Shelter

Safe Alliance

This weekend art will be auctioned off to help victims of domestic violence. 

The event is called "Art with a Heart." Donated paintings and sculptures will be auctioned off at Founders hall on Saturday night.  

The event has raised over $1 million over the past 13 years for the group, Safe Alliance.  

Read more
Arts & Life
9:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

When Cameras Are Part Of The Party

Credit Dina Litovsky

A new exhibit at the Light Factory documents our desire to, well, document everything. It’s called Connected There but Not Always Here and it questions our relationship with social media and how it influences our relationships with each other. The exhibit will be on display through May 19. 

Read more
Arts & Life
12:04 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Elephants Stop Uptown Traffic

Elephants are escorted through Uptown on Tuesday January 29, 2013 as part of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus Grand Animal Walk. The circus will be performing in Time Warner Cable Arena until Sunday.
Briana Duggan

Elephants paraded through Uptown on Tuesday as part of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus Grand Animal Walk. The circus will be performing in Time Warner Cable Arena until Sunday.

CAJA
9:53 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Russian Dancer Learns The Meaning Of 'Fun'

Tatiana Kazakova practices the pasodoble with other dancers from Metropolitan Ballroom.
Briana Duggan

Standing front stage at the Knight Theater, Tatiana Kasakova counts off for the other dancers.

She choreographed all of the dances for tonight's show, Ballroom. The concert features members of Metropolitan Ballroom in Charlotte dancing alongside the Charlotte Symphony.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:38 am
Tue January 22, 2013

An Ode To MLK At The Excelsior Club

Local jazz group, A Sign of the Times plays alongside members of the Charlotte Symphony at the historic Excelsior Club.

When the Excelsior Club opened in 1944 it was the area’s first African American-owned club. It soon became a center for African American social and political activity in the Charlotte area.

On Sunday the club honored Martin Luther King Junior with a concert. It brought together an eclectic mix of music and people as an ode to the civil rights leader.

The concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. was called "Bridging Musical Worlds." It brought together members of the Charlotte Symphony with local jazz group, A Sign of the Times.

Read more
Arts & Life
3:29 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

When Artists 'Stick' In Charlotte

Environmental Artist in Residence Daniel McCormick created art at Freedom Park that also managed urban runoff.
McColl Center for Visual Art

Those who don’t go beyond the first floor of the McColl Center for Visual art might just think it’s a gallery. But the top floors hold the real machinery of the organization - the artist-in-residence studios.

The McColl hosts the city’s only artist-in-residence program.

The Center provides artists with studio space, art materials, a stipend, and housing for its residents that are increasingly moving out of the studio and into the community.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Minting Treasure From Trash

The Birth of Venus, after Botticelli, Pictures of Junk, 2008
Mint Museum of Art

Brazil is one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. In the past decade, the South American country has lifted millions of its residents out of poverty and into a growing middle class.

Read more
Arts & Life
11:37 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Digital Media Program Creates 'Ambition'

Students with Studio345's photography class created a collage that later became a mural in NoDa.
Arts and Science Council

In past several months, Uniq Ishman has discovered something about herself.

“I like to take pictures,” she says. “I like to look at things up close and make it look pretty."

Read more

Pages