Meals on Wheels PSA
February 20th, 2015


The film program at Living Arts College recently worked with Meals on Wheels to create a new public service announcement that would premiere at their Fat Tuesday Gala on February 17th. The PSA was a two minute video designed to raise awareness and fundraise in the local community.
The project was broken up into two classes and some of the students that worked on PSA were Roberto Valez, Ola Samuels, Don Hill and Tyler Hair. The students worked with some of the college’s best equipment including the Sony F 55 camera. They also used the Nex 700 when shooting slow motion shots for its 960 frames per second. The film’s Program Coordinator, Michael Pearce, was so proud of the work his students produced. He received fantastic feedback from the Meals on Wheels Program.

Check out the video here!
Meals on Wheels PSA




Art Along Blunt Street
February 20th, 2015


The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Duke Energy and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, has selected 10 original designs by local artists for the City public art project, “Art Along Blount Street”.

Living Arts College is proud to announce that our own Aaron Cracium was selected by a panel of community members and representatives from the Arts Commission and the Historic Development Commission.  He will be featured on one of the 10 flags that will stand 9 feet in height, and hung on the light posts along the street in front of the historical buildings with nine other talented artists.

The designs show a wide range of historical perspectives, including highlighting the Third Ward Pharmacy, the role women played with the North Carolina Home Demonstrator Movement, the Harrison Library and the neighborhood’s distinctive architecture.



Jeremy in the RAW!
February 20th, 2015

Jeremy Diehl, a recent graduate of The Living Arts College Photography program was featured in the RAW exhibit on Thursday, February 12th.  He participated in the event held at Lincoln Theater with a number of other local emerging artists including musicians and clothing/jewelry designers.  There was a great turnout. The theater was packed and a line formed down the street of people waiting to get into the event.  Members of the LAC family came out to support our alumni.  Todd Warnken was thrilled to see such an outpouring of support for his student.  Jeremy spoke with Debra Hooper and expressed how happy he was to finally be living the life of his dreams. Jeremy has been invited to participate in the next event with the RAW organization and we cannot wait to see him continue to do great things!




Guest Speaker James Lugo
February 12th, 2015

James Lugo gave a wonderful presentation to the student body of Living Arts College on Tuesday, February 10th. Mr. Lugo is a local producer, composer, vocal coach and musician. He spent time as a musician/songwriter touring around the country and was a producer in LA for a number of years.

He stressed the importance of diversifying yourself in order to continue to evolve in the entertainment industry.  His personal story was an example of continuing to grow and understanding how to use your talents in new innovative ways to create income. Mr. Lugo also explained to the students that getting started now, while they are in school is the best way to ensure success when they graduate.  He urged them to seek out internships, job shadowing opportunities and freelance jobs.  His biggest piece of advice was to “hit the ground running!”.




Living Arts College Blood Drive
February 12th, 2015

Living Arts College had a great turn out at the Blood Drive held on February 4th. The Students and Faculty members who participated were very enthusiastic and happy to donate. Living Arts College has participated in several blood drives and every year the students donate to help save the lives of others. We are so proud of those who have donated and are looking forward to the next opportunity to give back to our community. Isabelle is a first quarter photography student, she had this to say:

“I am donating bold because I believe that helping people is important in any way that you can”




Living Arts College Grad releases EP!!
February 12th, 2015

Congratulations to Living Arts College Graduate Ryan K. Hamlin for the release of his first five song EP titled “Run”. The EP was recorded right here at Living Arts College in its’ state of the art “Born 2 Rock” studios. Ryan has been working with Craig Brandwynne, Producer from Center Sound Records and associate professor at Living Arts, to produce several songs while Ryan was a student at the college. At the same time, Brandwynne had been working with Uptone Pictures to produce a film titled “Destiny Road.” Two of the songs from the EP have been featured on the film.

You can check out Ryan’s website here: ryankhamlin.com Visit Center Sound Records here: Centersoundrecords.com

The Following is an article featuring Hamlin and his new album in the Carolina Country Magazine:

Americana/pop singer and songwriter Ryan K. Hamlin’s five-song SP is flavored with back-road, turn-it-up sound reminiscent of southern comfort and muddy tires. This Raleigh resident’s songs boast a unique and varied blend of influences, including home-grown sounds of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, pop hooks like songs from John Mayer and driving rock grooves similar to Augustana. Or, as Hamlin puts it, his songs are about living dangerously because life is short and also about holding on to the ones you love. Tracks on his EP, released by Center Sound Records, are “Crazy” (with Robin Ruddy on pedal steel), “She Sings,” “True,” “Summer Lovers Symphony” and “Virginia” (with Madison Chase on cello). (If “Virginia” sounds familiar, it was on the soundtrack for the movie “Destiny Road.”) Hamlin is hard at work now on a new album. “Run” sells for $4.95.




First Friday Gallery
December 9th, 2014

Students from Living Arts College were featured at Mosaic, downtown Raleigh for the First Friday event on December 5th.  First Friday attendees were able to view work from our Photography and Interactive Media students. Jeremy Deihl, Renne Byrd and Brittany Bond were just a few of the talented students that showcased their work.

Another Living Arts College student, Jeff Whitener, provided the musical entertainment by showing off his DJ skills.  The event was a huge success and yet another great opportunity for our students to get their work out in front of the public. We look forward to continued participation in this event.







Living Arts College Mingles with Local Industry to Kick-off the 2014 Holiday Season
December 9th, 2014

On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 from 6PM to 9PM students, faculty, and staff of Living Arts College had the chance to network with members of the Triangle’s top advertising, marketing, and communications organizations all at one time in one place.

The 5th Annual Merry Mingle was hosted by the Triangle chapters of the American Advertising Federation (AdFed/Ad2), American Marketing Association (AMA), Triangle Interactive Marketing Association (TIMA), American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), and the Triangle User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh. All proceeds were donated to the Triangle Spokes Group, which has been pedaling joy to the Triangle since 2006 by giving away bikes to kids in need. The Triangle organizations wanted to help them reach this year’s goal of 500 bicycles, all brand new and guaranteed to bring smiles to faces throughout the area.

Students from the student ambassador program such as Cindy Nguyen had the opportunity to volunteer at the event giving them the inside scoop on how to put on such a great party. Next year we hope to have even more students participate in this fantastic event. Living Arts alumnus Breton Daymude had just been hired earlier that morning, but attended the event that evening stating “you can never do enough networking. This event has always been a favorite of mine to attend.”

Interactive Media Arts Program Chair Vince Gardner attended the holiday event. “This year’s Mingle was the best yet. This is always such a great way to kick off the holiday season and reconnect with industry contacts after a busy year!” stated Gardner

Together AdFed/Ad2, AMA, TIMA, AIGA and UXPA were able to raise over $15,000 for The Triangle Spokes Group!




Cub Scouts visit Living Arts College
December 9th, 2014

Living Arts College recently had the pleasure of hosting a local Cub Scout group. With great interest, the Cubs listened closely to Vice-President Debra Hooper as she took them on an adventure through the Domes. The little ones loved the tour, asking great questions about all of the cool works of art on display all around the campus.

They were especially intrigued by the many movie posters hanging in the C Dome of the campus as well as the Green Screen room in the A Dome.




SSL Broadcast Demonstration Truck tour stops by at Living Arts College
December 8th, 2014
Living Arts College was happy to host the SSL Broadcast Demonstration Truck on Friday, December 5th.


Truck demos began at approximately 10am and ran throughout the day for students. If you missed your chance to see this state of the art mobile audio production facility featuring you missed quite alot! The demonstration included SSL’s extraordinary C10 console, Avid HD Pro Tools system, mind blowing digital video and distro system.


Living Arts College would like to thank SSL and it’s Technology Partners for making a stop by the College. The students enjoyed it immensely!