Big Night In for the Arts was born of the COVID-19 pandemic as a collaborative effort between WRAL and the four county arts councils of the Triangle. Recognizing the immense impact the pandemic had on the arts industry, Big Night In allowed the arts of the entire Triangle to be showcased and uplifted by WRAL, one of the largest media platforms in our region. While the arts industry is recovering post-pandemic, Big Night In continues to serve as an annual opportunity to tell the story of the arts, showcase their impact, and raise money for arts programming throughout the region.
In addition to showcasing artists and arts organizations throughout the Triangle, Big Night In for the Arts has raised $798,064 for arts programs to date.
The Chatham Arts Council nurtures creative thinkers in Chatham County.
Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham – it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.
The mission of the Orange County Arts Commission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.
United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County builds better communities through support and advocacy of the arts.
Each year, Big Night In showcases headlining artists either originally from or currently living in the Triangle region. Past headliners include:
Big Night In would not be possible without the support of community sponsors. Listed below are Big Night In sponsors who have contributed $10,000 or more to the event.
Jenny Lillian Semans Trust