Fayetteville’s Rockefeller Estate

In 2013 I discovered ‘urban exploring’.  I was working as a portrait photographer then and a friend asked me to do a family shoot at the Rockefeller Estate.  I had no idea there was one, much less two Rockefeller estates in the area!  Over the next few years I made dozens of trips to the […]

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Dear Sherri,

Yes! Your family should move here! Hope Mills is part of Cumberland County.  We’re the 2nd largest municipality in the county, Fayetteville is the largest.  Our population is roughly 17,000 strong. Hope Mills is known for it’s parks and recreation.  Most of the municipalities in Cumberland County rely on Fayetteville to run their programs but […]

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Creative place making Pt. II

As the creative place making initiative weaves its way across the country, big and small communities are finding unique opportunities to incorporate art into our environment.  The idea of making every-day objects decorative was a natural leap. These are examples of art covering storm drains.  They’re not only artful, but they’re an opportunity to remind […]

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There are two sides to every story

1 – Whereas the Hope Mills Town Board appreciates and supports the cultural arts within our community. 2 – Whereas the Hope Mills Town Board believes it is important for elected officials to act in an honest, ethical and transparent manner for the citizens we serve. 3 – Whereas it is important for our citizens […]

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Guerilla marketing meets economic development

The face of retail has changed considerably since 2009 when the national recession began.  Large and small retail companies had to reevaluate their investment, and in too many cases they determined the cost of staying open far outweighed the potential revenue. With so many closures, communities of every size are facing an abundance of empty […]

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The Creative Sector: A Proven Economic Catalyst for Rural America

Today’s post is from www.medium.com It reinforces some of the ideas we’ve been discussing on the site this week, about the role art plays in a community and the effect art has on our economy. NGA   The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors. Follow NGA at @NatlGovsAssoc Rural regions […]

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Creative place making – Pt. I

The world is but a canvas to our imagination.  -Henry David Thoreau Today we’re going to continue our discussion of creative place making and bringing art into our community.  These are all ideas I’ve been stashing away for years, and to be honest, since most of the Board of Commissioners isn’t too fond of me […]

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