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Northeast to celebrate the arts

Northeast to celebrate the arts

NORFOLK - Northeast Community College will celebrate the arts during a special evening on May 2. Poetry, prose, music and visual art will be featured during the fourth annual Arts Night on Wednesday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m., in Hawks’ Landing in the upper level of the Student Center on the Norfolk campus.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the arts…and what better time is there to do that than with the release of our latest edition of Voices Out of Nowhere,” said Bonnie Johnson Bartee, English instructor and creator of Arts Night.

Voices Out of Nowhere is an anthology that dates back to the 1970s. It is a collection of student art work, creative writing and photography that is published annually by the Northeast Community College English Department under the supervision of Johnson-Bartee. The works are judged by published poets and writers and staff from the Norfolk Arts Center for the publication’s awards.

Johnson-Bartee said Arts Night is an opportunity to bring student authors and artists together in order to display the variety of the talent that can be found at Northeast.

“We put the focus on our students by letting them read and sign their works, and they are also presented with awards. The event showcases the extraordinary creativity of Northeast students.”

The open mic portion of the night allows anyone interested to strum a guitar or perform a musical piece. Students in Creating Stories I and II and Creating Poetry I and II will also read from their works.

Johnson-Bartee said everyone is welcome to attend Arts Night, which is free and open to the public.

“Come when you can, leave when you need, but we are encouraging everyone to stop by for a bit to enjoy performances, peruse artwork, and meet and greet creative minds. For those who would like to participate, please bring your poetry or prose, your artwork (as well as something to display it), your scripts and/or your music.”

All artwork must be picked up at the end of the evening. Event organizers and Northeast Community College are not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

For additional information on Arts Night, contact Johnson-Bartee at (402) 844-7673.





Celine Eggerling reads her short story, “Concrete Coma,” during Northeast Community College’s Arts Night in May 2016. The College will host its 2017 Arts Night on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., in Hawks’ Landing in the upper level of the Student Center on the Norfolk campus.