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The past season has been a whirlwind of collaborations with fellow performing arts groups and firsts, all designed to enhance our performing arts enjoyment on the Outer Banks!

Once again, we partnered with the Dare County Arts Council to conduct a local art competition for our playbill cover. Artist turnout was exceptional and the winner selection most challenging. For the first time, area high school students were invited to participate. All entries are available on our website and our Facebook page.

This season, we are working with the Town of Duck to promote their jazz festival and the Forum’s The Black Market Trust concert in October 2017.

To better inform the community of upcoming opportunities, the first power point sharing the Forum’s seven concerts for 2017–18 was shared with its audiences this spring. The show is also available on the Forum website, providing easy access any time.

Our financial performance is down a bit as you can see from our financial results. To address this, the board is working to increase membership through an array of methods, including diverse quality programs and new marketing activities. Our auditorium was mostly filled with season subscribers. Donations from businesses remain the same. Donors and sponsors are listed in the playbill and on our website as well. We continue our educational mission by providing two college scholarships. The winners are listed.

A special thanks to all of our amazing volunteers who make the Outer Banks Forum a reality. We continue to operate as a 100 percent volunteer organization. And we would love to have you become a volunteer.

Now, welcome to the 35th year of the Outer Banks Forum—bringing quality entertainment to our community. Enjoy the 2017–18 season!

Eddie Cooke

President, Outer Banks FORUM