Carly Prentis Jones is a theatre artist, singer, arts advocate and community activist who seeks to elevate social consciousness through the arts. She is a proud Raleigh native and performs on stages throughout the region. Carly is a versatile artist, performing in opera, musical theatre, as well as in classic and contemporary theatre. As a classically trained singer, Carly is an active recitalist/soloist and performs with the North Carolina Opera Company. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Black Music History, and a minor in Arts Management.
When she is not on stage, Carly works as the Director of Communications & Development for a local nonprofit arts organization and as an event planner throughout the arts community. She has used these event planning skills to assist with large activist movements. Her efforts in furthering social justice include collaborations with the NC National Organization for Women, Progress NC, The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and other various change organizations. Carly served as one of the coordinators and emceed for The Women's March on Raleigh. She currently serves on the steering committee for the group. Carly was a 2015 New Leader's Council of North Carolina Fellow and she is currently the 2017 Co-Director for the state chapter.
Carly's "sweet spot" is when her two passions - the arts and activism - are combined to create the most powerful form of expression - artistic activism or "artivism". Carly believes that the arts can be powerful and effective tools used to express different perspectives and points of view while cultivating empathy and bridging divisions throughout our diverse country.
I'm a guest on this week's episode of the podcast Hustle Over Entitlement. The podcast features the stories of trailblazers and risk takers. Take a listen on the Hustle Over Entitlement site or on: iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play
Thank you to hosts, Gabriella and Camille, for inviting me to be a part of this inspiring podcast! Check out what they have to say about this episode here:
About this week’s episode: Authenticity is a defining characteristic of a person who chooses hustle over entitlement. Carly Jones shares her story of how honoring her roots, her talent, and her calling to amplify the voices of others has made for a rewarding and fulfilling career path.