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Group to hold town meetings across state in February.

The North Carolina Arts Council will hold a series of town meetings throughout the state in February to gather input for its long-range strategic plan.

The council, part of the state Department of Cultural Resources, works to develop and strengthen nonprofit arts groups and facilities in North Carolina, a $723 million industry that employs roughly 7,000 people.

Major nonprofit arts groups, on average, employ 13 full-time workers, with additional seasonal and part time employees, and generate about $32 million in taxes each year from full-time jobs, the council estimates.

Following is the council’s town meeting schedule.  Each meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m.

* Feb. 1: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

* Feb. 2: Spruce Pine at the Toe River Arts Council Center Gallery

* Feb. 8: Roanoke Island Festival Park Film Theater, Manteo

* Feb. 9: Community Council on the Arts, Kinston

* Feb. 10: Durham Arts Council, Adiron Room

* Feb. 15: Arts and Science Center Auditorium, Hickory

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