STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises

Central Park NC

Funding Received: 2014
Star, NC
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Star, NC is a rural community that is working to diversify its local economy through entrepreneurial businesses that focus on the arts and environmental sustainability. Central Park NC (CPNC) owns an 187,000-square foot former hosiery mill that is being reconceived as the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises. As part of this, CPNC has proposed developing workforce training around glass, ceramic, and metal arts; internships, apprenticeships, artists-in-residency and other work space programs; retail opportunities augmented with marketing events; and a strategy to encourage artists and creative entrepreneurs to relocate to Star and join this emerging local economy.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jun 17, 2016
STAR —STARworks has been awarded a $50,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will be used to support WoodFire... Read More
Mar 28, 2016
LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST REDDIT RINT ORDER REPRINT OF THIS STORY STAR, N.C. If all goes according to plan on April 2, a massive, specially designed... Read More
Mar 24, 2016
In the rural N.C. town called Star, hosiery was king – until the turn of the millennium or so. Then it was in the market... Read More
Mar 2, 2016
Artists from around the country travel to the Town of Star, where local clay is sold to potters and ceramic artists to make creations. Read More
Jan 15, 2016
STAR — Demolition at STARworks began Jan. 6 for the start of renovations that will restore the historic school building that sits in the center... Read More
Dec 24, 2015
“Fragile: The Glass House” is an exhibit of pieces involving glass. The artwork, which was created by artists at Starworks Glass as well as other... Read More
Oct 22, 2015
STAR — Can you believe it has been 10 years? Ten years of an amazingly artistic journey known as STARworks. STARworks will celebrate “Ten Years... Read More
Oct 5, 2015
This weekend, a pair of Southern-based designers — Kerry Clark Speake and Erin Connelly, who curate handmade, American wares for their Charleston, S.C., design shop... Read More
The small rural town of Star, located in the center of North Carolina, was once a thriving mill town. The Russell Hosiery Factory, which opened...Read more