Honeybees are critical to the pollination of plants, gardens, and crops, and play a vital role in our planet's ability to grow food. With a 40% decline of the managed bee population in the U.S., the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex elected to have two hives installed on its properties to demonstrate its commitment to community and sustainability.
“Communities love to gather at the Raleigh Convention Center and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts to disseminate ideas, work toward common goals, and participate in shared experiences. Just like a beehive, our venues and events are a testament to the value of teamwork and collaboration,” noted Kerry Painter, Director/General Manager of the Raleigh Convention Center and Performing Arts Complex. “Our hope is that the hives will remind our guests and neighbors that impacting change at any level is possible through teamwork.”
Beginning next spring, the hives are expected to produce about fifty pounds of honey each month, which will be incorporated into menu items and cocktails for attendees to enjoy.
Both hives will be maintained by Apiopolis, a Raleigh-based beekeeping organization with hives located throughout the city. The hive structures were designed and manufactured by Raleigh-based Flitch Furniture, who was charged with creating an attractive hive that, by design, improves the health and wellness of the colony.
About the Raleigh Convention Center
The LEED Silver-certified Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce, and technologies that make the Triangle one of the most admired and sought-after regions in the United States. Our modern 500,000 square-foot facility includes a stunning granite lobby with dramatic windows and downtown views, an elegant 32,000-square-foot ballroom, and a massive 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall, all with outstanding tech amenities and award-winning culinary delights. The center has welcomed over 4 million visitors since its opening in September 2008.
About the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Set against the backdrop of our Capitol, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has stood as a historic and cultural focal point in Downtown Raleigh since 1932. It has played host to Broadway classics, rock legends and major political figures while maintaining an emphasis on education of the arts and artists housed within our own community. With four separate event spaces available, the breadth and depth of events past, present and future has made this Raleigh’s Premier Arts Venue.