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...

New $500,000 gift to North Carolina Art Museum creates the Joy W. Pope Gallery

March 13, 2016

From the Triangle Business Journal By Amanda Hoyle   The John William Pope Foundation, named for the founder of the Variety Wholesalers and Roses retail discount chain, has awarded a $500,000 grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to name one of the museum’s gallery spaces in memory of the late Joyce W. Pope. The Museum’s Gallery 2, a 2,800-square-foot gallery space that’s hosted exhibitions of work by Edvard Munch and Leonardo da Vinci, will be renamed as the Joyce W. Pope Gallery. Joyce Pope, wife of John William Pope and mother of the Variety Wholesalers CEO, chairman and former state budget director Art Pope, was president of the Pope Foundation from 1986 to 1992. She was also a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. In a news release about the announcement, Art Pope noted that his mother had always been a strong supporter of the arts. "She would be humbled. But I also think she would be delighted to know that many visitors,...

Dandelion Eatery Awarded $100,000 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

March 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. -- At a press conference in Hendersonville, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. The Dandelion Eatery, a project of Safelight Family Services (formerly Mainstay Women’s Shelter) received a one-time gift of $100,000 to expand its commercial teaching kitchen. Opened in 2013, Dandelion Eatery provides jobs training for domestic violence victims while operating as a restaurant open to the public. [caption id="attachment_4493" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dandelion is located in Hendersonville, N.C. and is open M-F, 10 am - 3 pm.[/caption] “Ultimately, we were highly impressed with the innovative nature of the Dandelion Eatery project,” said Foundation Vice President Joyce Pope. “They saw a way to break the cycle of abuse by empowering their clients to be self-sufficient, and that goal has positive lifelong effects for individuals, families, and...

Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism to Host Alan Charles Kors

February 17, 2016

The Clemson University Institute for the Study of Capitalism will host notable professor Alan Charles Kors for the spring John W. Pope Lecture entitled 'The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses.'  The event will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to pre-register (event details here). Kors is a notable professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-founder of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  He was a 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Medalist, recognized for his work as a distinguished historian of the Enlightenment. This lecture series is, in part, supported by a grant from the John William Pope Foundation.            ...

NC State February Lecture to Feature Weekly Standard Editor

February 16, 2016

The John W. Pope Lecture Series at NC State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences will feature Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell on Monday, February, 29, 2016, at 7:30 pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be held in Poe Hall, Room 216 on the NC State campus. Caldwell is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West.  His presentation.  He is also a columnist for the Financial Times. The annual John W. Pope Lecture Series at NC State is made possibly by a grant from the Pope Foundation.        ...

United Arts Council recognizes Pope Foundation during annual State of the Arts and Culture

January 27, 2016

  RALEIGH, N.C. – During the annual State of the Arts and Culture presentations on January 13, the United Arts Council of Wake County recognized the John William Pope Foundation as the Individual/Foundation Winner of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Award. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope was on hand to accept the award during the presentation at the North Carolina Museum of Art. [caption id="attachment_4539" align="alignright" width="300"] Pope Foundation and NC Theatre staff and board members at the 2016 United Arts Council of Wake County Support of the Arts Awards.[/caption] Lisa Grele Berrie, President and CEO at NC Theatre, nominated the foundation for the award.  Additional recipients of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards included Golden Corral (Large Business Winner), Jerry’s Artarama (Small Business Winner), and educator Marshall Butler (Sanderson High School Choral Director). The Raleigh-based Pope Foundation works to improve the well...

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Wins First Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts

January 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will receive $100,000 for a youth orchestra instrument lending library. The grant is a one-time award. The Pope Foundation received 28 applications for the Memorial Arts Grant, representing communities from across the state. [caption id="attachment_4450" align="alignright" width="300"] Left to Right: John Hood (Foundation President), Joseph Vonnegut (Symphony Chairman), Christine Kastner (Symphony President/CEO), and Art Pope (Foundation Chairman).[/caption] “The project submitted by the Fayetteville Symphony was unique and an excellent use of one-time funds,” said John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation. “We hope this new initiative by the symphony will inspire other arts organizations as they work to find innovative ways to serve their communities.” The symphony’s...