Fayetteville Underground artists announce new name

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The results of a week-long, public poll are in and the artists of the Fayetteville Underground have settled on a new name.

Officials with the non-profit arts collective yesterday announced the organization will officially be known as the Fayetteville Art Alliance as of Jan. 1, 2012.

Following last week’s news that the Fayetteville Underground board of directors had voted to soon dissolve the organization, the group launched a “Morph the Org” campaign to help the artists transition to a new organization complete with a new name.

Officials said more than 500 votes were cast online and in person at the November First Thursday event.

“We are so excited to be moving forward with the community’s support and enthusiasm,” said Megan Chapman, the group’s co-artistic director, in a statement.

Other name options included The ARTillery, Fayetteville Artists Coalition and The Red Dot Alliance.

The group will remain at their current basement location inside 1 E. Center St. on the Fayetteville square until the end of the year.

Chapman said the artists are currently investigating new locations and are seeking suggestions from the community. Their ideal location, she said, will replicate the mix of galleries and studios that the previous location has become known for.

“The Fayetteville Art Alliance will continue to focus on monthly rotating gallery exhibitions, affordable studio space for our artists and, as always, First Thursdays,” said Chapman.

The final First Thursday event of the year is set for Thursday, Dec. 1 and will include the annual Art for the Holidays exhibition.

Visit morphtheorg.com to offer suggestions, donate money, and for more information including a roster of the group’s current artists.