MCACC dance studio named to honor Russell Zumwalt
Russell Zumwalt, a Moore County man who attends the day program at the Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) in Southern Pines, was recently honored for his love of the arts.
More than 100 people from Moore County and the surrounding communities attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and event held last month to celebrate the opening of the MCACC. The MCACC is a 12,000 sq. ft. center located at 1662 Richards Street in Southern Pines that provides a new venue for Monarch’s day program, which supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and offers various cultural activities. The space includes a pottery studio and kiln, art and dance studios, fitness space, full kitchen and a conference and meeting room.
During the event, a special dedication of the center's beautiful new dance studio was held and it now bears the name of Russell Zumwalt. The Russell Zumwalt Performing Arts Studio was made possible by contributions from friends and family of Zumwalt to honor his love of music and dance. Zumwalt, who was surrounded by loved ones during the event, beamed when he saw his name on the plaque that adorns a space right outside the studio door.
Ellerbe resident Diana Turner-Forte, an author, professional dancer and choreographer for more than four decades, will teach dance instruction and movement. Turner-Forte will also offer community courses in the new Russell Zumwalt Performing Arts Studio.
Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. An affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.