Written by: Ashlen Renner

A Flute's Journey

By Ashlen Renner and Jimmy Wylie

November 9, 2016

From beginning to end, we followed a donated flute until it ended up in the hands of Kidznotes student Brandon Castellanos. Kidznotes is a non-profit organization that offers free orchestral training to the underserved kids in Durham.

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Out of the backyard: dance company expands to new studio

By Ashlen Renner

October 24, 2016

When Cheryl Bellamy started her own dance company in 2005, she moved all of the furniture out of her living room so her students could have a place to dance. A year later, she built a small studio in her backyard at 2210 Southern Drive, a trailer-like building with bright purple walls and smooth laminate wood […]

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Hip Hop at Holton: youth dance classes draw interest

By Ashlen Renner

October 5, 2016

The rosters of the Youth Hip Hop Dance classes at the Holton Career and Resource Center have been full since they were first offered 2 years ago. Cheryl Bellamy, who has been a dance instructor at Holton for four years, has made it her goal to encourage her students out of their comfort zones and […]

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Activist artist returns to CenterFest

By Ashlen Renner

September 22, 2016

Luis Franco’s graphic art stood out from the row of oil paintings and handmade pottery and jewelry at CenterFest, drawing in crowds passing by. His art is meant to gain attention. Since he graduated from North Carolina Central University, Franco has used his art as activism, promoting the interests of people of color. With race […]

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