Mills dominated life in Carrboro during the first half of the 20th century. Closure of the last mill in the early 1960s spawned a cultural renaissance, stimulated by the arrival in 1978 of French artist Jacques Menarche, whose ArtSchool became today's ArtsCenter. The opening of the Farmers Market and the Weaver Street Market has contributed enormously to the vitality of Carrboro. The community has changed from a blue-collar town to one of artists and professionals. To acknowledge this change, the town is working to establish an Arts and Creativity District, extending west from the Chapel Hill boundary. A new ArtsCenter is planned for the performance, education, and coordination of activities in the area. This book documents Carrboro's exciting journey from the past into the future.
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