Welcome to the web and blog site for fundraiser, writer, folk music organizer and presenter, radio host, and cultural activist Art Menius. I’ll post new writings, links to interesting stuff, and old articles from my archive here.
For information about Art Menius’ fundraising, consulting, long range planning, marketing, and interim director services for nonprofit organizations, please click here.
Articles and Interviews about and with Art Menius
Village Pride Award interview with Ron Stutts on WCHL-FM 97.9 September 30, 2014
August 27, 2014 Q&A with News and Observer can be found here.
Art Menius has served as Executive Director of Appalshop, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Folk Alliance International (FAI), The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA). He spent ten years handling sponsorship, marketing, contests, and emcee work for MerleFest. Menius has an aggregate of more than 70 years experience on nonprofit boards and currently sits on theOrange County (NC) Historical Commission, WCOM community radio station, and the Chapel Hill Rotary Club (President, 2020-21). He also chairs the Trustees of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
Contributing Writer for Bluegrass Unlimited, Menius has published several hundred reviews, feature articles, and other pieces for the News and Observer, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Southern Exposure, North Carolina Historical Review, Dirty Linen, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, Indy Week, Chess Life and Review, the Spectator, Canadian Bluegrass Review, and many others. He was the founding editor of International Bluegrass and the Folk Alliance Newsletter. He has copy edited or ghost written five books and currently working on the first two under his own name.
For more about Art Menius, go to Menius CV January 2018
A Guide to the Online World of Art Menius
Academic papers at https://independent.academia.edu/ArtMenius
23 “magazines” on Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/profile/Artmenius
Index to the Art Menius papers in the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-CH http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/m/Menius,Art.html
The Revolution Starts Now Radio Show On WCOM-LP 103.5 Tuesdays at 4 PM Eastern
Station Website www.wcomfm.org
For my radio show playlists, please visit https://lazyfarmboy.blogspot.com/
To listen to my two most recent editions of “The Revolution Starts Now,” please visit https://spinitron.com/WCOM/show/91229/The-Revolution-Starts-Now
About Art Menius
On April 10, 2012 Art Menius returned home to central North Carolina as Executive Director of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, the cultural centerpiece of one of the most vibrant and progressive communities in America. Due to health and stress issues following my mother’s death and more than two years of sustained 60+ hour weeks, he retired from full-time work as Executive Director of The ArtsCenter effective August 31, 2014. Menius plans a very active next few years consulting, writing, and helping others achieve their dreams in the arts and non-profit worlds. Durham Herald-Sun August 5, 2014: http://bit.ly/1uftsTe Raleigh News & Observer August 10, 2014: http://bit.ly/1plteH3 Menius’ resignation letter: https://artmenius.com/2014/08/03/announcing-the-new-phase-of-my-life-and-career/ You can read an August 2010 interview with Art Menius here. Art Menius received both the B.A. (with honors) and M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Art is married to bluegrass DJ and photographer Becky Johnson, author of Inside Bluegrass. Following three and one-half years as an Interpretations Specialist for research at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Menius entered the music field as a writer and production assistant for the Nashville Network bluegrass and old-time music series, “Fire on the Mountain.” In September 1983 he began publishing reviews and features about roots music for publications ranging from Bluegrass Unlimited to the [Raleigh] News & Observer. Other adventures along the way have included editing and desktop publishing books for the Forest History Society, promoting a live performance bluegrass radio series on 117 commercial stations, emceeing and stage managing at dozens of music festivals in USA and Canada, and serving as a consultant on the acclaimed film, “High Lonesome.” During 1985 Menius helped create the International Bluegrass Music Association. Late that year he became the new trade association’s first executive director. Menius returned to IBMA’s Board of Directors for two terms running from 1998 through 2004. He served on the board of directors of the Old-Time Music Group, publishers of the Old-Time Herald, from 1991 thorough 1998, including six years as president. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Folk Alliance International. In 1990 the North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance elected Menius the President of its first board of directors. In April 1991 he became its first manager, serving in that capacity until June 1996. Following a period as an artistic representative, Menius became Associate Festival Coordinator for MerleFest, the enormous outdoor folk festival presented by Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. Following a decade there, Menius served as Director of Appalshop, the acclaimed Appalachian media and arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky from July 2007 until March 2010. On November 2, 2011, Menius completed his work as Director of Development for Common Ground on the Hill.