New Hanover County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $75,595,580 in economic activity in 2022, according to the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic and social impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts.
Growing up in Western New York, watercolorist Janice Castiglione lived above her family’s tavern. While there was a lot of activity around her, she was often bored and would amuse herself by drawing for hours while sitting at the restaurant’s dining room table. Over time, this became a passion of hers, and Janice went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Empire State College in Illustration and Graphic Design.
While raising her family, Janice taught art classes and freelanced for companies like Random House, American Greetings and Modern Publishing. Later, she joined Fisher Price and created the look of hundreds of Little People figures and play sets, including Disney.
Janice teaches watercolor at Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, has won many awards and was twice accepted into the Society of Illustrators Exhibit in New York City and published in their annual book.