This screen shot of the NC Cultural App shows a link to the state's events and more about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources.

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This screen shot of the NC Culture App shows an outdoor reflecting pool at the expanded site of the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources.

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, shared May 4:

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources today announced the NC Culture App, a free beta feature of the Android app. The feature connects users to find out about news and events in arts, history, archives and libraries that are part of the state agency on their Android phones.

“Currently, there are no other North Carolina state agencies with apps available in the Android Market for the general public,” said Thomas Parrish, Cultural Resources Chief of Information Technology. “This app is a pilot project for Cultural Resources, and we have other ideas are under consideration,” said Parrish.

“As we use technology to reach new mobile audiences with our history and cultural stories we have had positive feedback,” said Maryanne Friend, Assistant Secretary, Development, Marketing and Communications. An example is the new twitter.com/CivilianWartime which began in mid-March.

“One follower wrote that the Civil War tweet ‘has given this 61-year-old a reason to find out about Twitter!’ so we know we reach life-long learners with new technology, too,” said Friend.

“Visit the Android Market Place on your phone and search for ‘NCCulture’ to try the free app,” Parrish said. “We have made the app free because we want to make our news accessible to everyone, and we want to provide as many ways to learn about the creative industry as possible.”

The Department of Cultural Resources has a history of “firsts” as the first North Carolina state agency to podcast and use RSS feeds. It was also the first state cabinet-level cultural agency in the nation.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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