By Jesslyn Ferentz | March 24, 2020 at 2:22 PM EDT – Updated March 24 at 10:19 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The Wilson Center and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are looking to help local artists who have been impacted by regulations set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
They have created a new series called The Wilson Center Ghostlight Series aimed to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and features seven different artists performing each week.
“It’s a really wonderful way for us to still experience the local artist we know and love and support them,” says Shane Fernando, Executive and Artistic Director of the Wilson Center. “As long as our stage here is dark and our ‘ghostlight’ is on here at the Wilson Center we will continue with this series.”
The Arts Council selects artists through applications, from those who have been economically impacted.
“The Ghostlight series is going to help me because I obviously can’t play in venues, I can’t fill up a room full of people to play to,” says musician Chase Johanson. “Being able to reach those audience members virtually is a great substitute.”
Every night at 7 p.m., a different artist will preform their own work, on their website, with an encore performance on the Wilson Center’s Facebook page at noon the following day.
Welcome to the Wilson Center Ghostlight Series! Tonight’s artist is Chase Johanson. Johanson, a North Carolina transplant from the rock ‘n’ roll city of Cleveland, was recently nominated for Encore Magazine’s “Best Male Musician 2020.” Check out his amazing music and stayed tuned this week for even more local talent! Donate to artists in the Ghostlight Series: https://info-5692.gr8.com/ Learn more about Chase Johanson: www.chasejohansonmusic.com/ More info about the series: wilsoncentertickets.com/ghostlight
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The first week of performances will include Christina Brier, Jared Michael Cline, Chase Johanson, Rhythm Bones, Daniel Rottenberg, Delia Stanley and Johanna Winkel.
“A lot of people have gotten a lot more experimental,” Johanson said. “It’s actually brought a lot of us together to collaborate online and put our heads together on how we can make ends meet and make due with what we were given. So we’ve come together.”
The council is also accepting donations, which will be split between the artists who perform that week.
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