Q: What industry in Raleigh pumps $143.5 million into the local economy?

A: That’s the arts sector, according to a recent study by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit that promotes the arts nationwide.

I would never have guessed that, or that the arts also support the equivalent of roughly 5,700 full-time jobs. That’s just in Raleigh, and doesn’t begin to account for the rest of the Triangle.

The arts scene is booming, but what about the folks who create it? To help support this vibrant community we have launched ArtsNowNC.com, aka ArtsNow, a digital home connecting those who create, those who present and those who support the arts.

ArtsNow will give you more access to the abundance of artists in Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston, Chatham and Franklin counties. We’ll do this by giving artists and their supporters a platform to introduce themselves and their work through guest blog posts and videos. We’ll show you another side of the art walks with photo columns focusing on the artists and collectors. We’ll help you make an emotional connection with performers and artists through behind-the-scenes videos and photos on social media.

We’ll also do social media takeovers, making it easy for you to get the lowdown on the local arts conversation that’s happening on various social media sites. And we’ll host events where everyone can meet.

ArtsNow is for the arts community and by the arts community. It’s an ongoing conversation about the arts, and we’d like you to join in.

PNC is our partner in this digital project. The banking company shares a passion for the arts and, like us, is committed to seeing them thrive.

“A vibrant arts community is critical for the social and economic success of our region,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas. “PNC’s support of ArtsNow provides community members with access to the local art scene in unique and meaningful ways.”

As you can see from our ongoing arts coverage and the recent 18-page Fall Arts Preview section, The N&O remains committed to producing print content that showcases the arts. ArtsNow is digital, allowing us to go beyond traditional coverage with videos, artists’ chats and more.

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