Institute of Political Leadership’s ‘Hometown Debates’ bring attention to

August 23, 2016

In his August 4 column, Pope Foundation President John Hood discussed the upcoming 'Hometown Debate' series sponsored by the Institute for Political Leadership (Hood is a board member). Read the column below: Debates will inform voters August 4, 2016 | John M. Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina is urbanizing — that much is certain. You can chart it in the economic data about population, income, and job creation. You can see it in the cranes that rise into the skylines of our largest cities. You can hear it as you travel the state and talk to people. Fewer have the distinctive accents of small-town and rural North Carolina. But to say our state is “urbanizing” is not to say that it is “urban,” or anything remotely approaching it. Most of us still live in suburbs, small communities, and rural areas. If North Carolina candidates fail to understand that as they plan their campaigns, they will likely fail by Election Day. Our two most-populous counties, Mecklenburg and...

Public is Invited to First Raleigh Children’s Business Fair on September 10

August 5, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. — The first Raleigh Children’s Business Fair will be held on September 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at The Commons at North Hills.   The event is free and open to the public.  The John William Pope Foundation and John Locke Foundation are organizing the event to promote an entrepreneurship learning opportunity.  With over 40 booths, participating children will sell their original products in a farmers-market style setting.  Local business leaders will serve as judges to award prizes in five categories that include ‘Most Original Idea,’ ‘Best Customer Service,’ and ‘Shoppers’ Favorite.’  Children applied to participate in the Fair earlier this year. [caption id="attachment_4552" align="alignright" width="300"] For more information about the Raleigh Children's Business Fair, visit www.raleighcbf.org.[/caption] “When we were presented with the chance to bring this event to Raleigh, we knew it would be a match for our growing city” said Pope...

Bradley Prize Event to be Held at Washington’s Kennedy Center

June 14, 2016

Thirteenth annual prizes recognize esteemed leaders for excellence Milwaukee, WI — The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will award the thirteenth annual Bradley Prizes in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater. The 2016 Bradley Prize recipients are: political scientist Charles Murray, British historian Andrew Roberts, Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise. Video tributes to each Bradley Prize recipient will be shown, and nationally syndicated columnist George F. Will will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by the Grammy winning a cappella group Take 6.  Each Bradley Prize recipient will deliver remarks. The public can also participate via Twitter by using the handle @BradleyPrizes16. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope will attend the Washington,...

North Carolina Leadership Forum brings conservatives and liberals together

June 8, 2016

In early 2016, the John William Pope Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Duke Endowment jointly funded the first North Carolina Leadership Forum.  Designed as a bi-partisan gathering of leaders to bridge the ideological divide so prominent in today's discourse, the group first met in March.  Two other meetings are expected later this year. On June 4, Charlotte Observer Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten heralded the project as a "heartening event."  That opinion-editorial can be read below. So a liberal and a conservative walk into a bar... By Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor June 4, 2016 Charlotte Observer  Conservative Art Pope and liberal Rick Glazier walk into a bar… This is no joke. Pope, Glazier and some of North Carolina’s other most prominent liberals and conservatives are breaking bread together, trying to find something that has been elusive in recent years: a shred of common ground. These 35 leaders in business, politics,...

Boy Scouts Occoneechee Council Announces 2016 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars

April 28, 2016

Five Wake County high school students receive college scholarships   RALEIGH, N.C. – The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the 2016 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars.  Five high school students were selected from an applicant pool of over 50. Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. Four of the Pope Eagle Scout Scholars will receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary education.  They are Nicholas Anderson of Wake Forest (Wake Forest High School), Justin Do of Raleigh (Needham B. Broughton High School), Daniel Kunath of Apex (Saint Thomas More Academy), and Collin Thrash of Cary (Ravenscroft School).  A fifth scholar, Vince Friedman of Raleigh (Jesse O. Sanderson High School) was recently selected as a Class of 2020 Morehead-Cain Scholar, so his scholarship will be honorary as the Morehead...

Innovative Play by Raleigh Little Theatre Hits the Stage

April 25, 2016

Audience participation is needed for this town hall set within a play [caption id="attachment_4518" align="alignright" width="300"] The Raleigh Little Theatre debuts "Beertown" on May 2, 2016. Photo courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre.[/caption] It's a play that has nothing to do with beer, yet everything to do with it at the same time.  In its Raleigh, North Carolina debut, "Beertown" performed by Raleigh Little Theatre, offers theatergoers an innovative arts experience where they become part of the on stage action. An original production of the Washington, D.C.-based theater company, dog & pony dc, “Beertown” is described as “an ensemble-devised interactive exploration of history, civic ritual, identity, community, and memory that incorporates live music, dance, group song…and a dessert potluck.” In the play, citizens of a city called Beertown gather (every five years) for a historical 'Quinquennial Celebration.'  During the festivities, a town meeting is...

Carolina Ballet Debuts ‘Macbeth’ in Raleigh

April 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, Carolina Ballet will debut its new ballet based on the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. With original choreography and a newly written score, founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss has created what will surely be a classic.  The Pope Foundation has been a part of the early vision, supporting the ballet with a $100,000 grant for this project in 2015. Carolina Ballet reimagines timeless Macbeth BY MARTHA QUILLIN mquillin@newsobserver.com RALEIGH The Carolina Ballet has found a new way to tell a 400-year-old tale, stripping the dialogue from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and replacing it with dance and music. In this wordless medieval world, costumes, sets and lighting help convey the timeless story of ambition, affection, murder, deceit and madness. “For me, it sort of begins with stone,” said Jeff A.R. Jones, resident designer for the show, premiering April 14. Since he began designing and building sets for the ballet, Jones has become obsessed...