We seek to involve our members and citizens at large in activities we plan and sponsor:


Art Classes and Workshops - We offer art classes and workshops for adults and children, from oil to watercolor to acrylic painting, from pottery to weaving, from collage to drawing.  Make some time to learn something new!


Art Exhibits – Art exhibits at the Caldwell Arts Council galleries, and quarterly exhibits at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery and other offsite galleries. 


Art Books Library - A collection of art reference books is available to the public for checkout or reading in our boardroom.


Artistically Speaking Arts Calendar - A calendar of art events in Caldwell & contiguous counties


Artists In Schools Program- Caldwell County School students attend productions by playwrights, poets, storytellers and singers at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and visiting artists may also perform at various schools as well. Information on these programs is updated annually for each school year


Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program - Teaching the traditional music styles handed down through generations, Caldwell JAM provides guitars, mandolins, fiddles & instruction for students at a few local schools and in downtown Lenoir.


Caldwell JAM Camp – An 8-week summer program for students age 7 and up, ending with an on-stage performance at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention.


Caldwell Visual Artist Competition – This event presents Caldwell County artists an opportunity to compete for cash awards by participating in an art exhibit at the Caldwell Arts Council; for most recent Prospectus, click here. For most recent Winners List, click here


Facilty Rental - the Caldwell Arts Council building is available for evening and weekend rentals; contact the office for details (828-754-2486 or


Granite Falls Concert – The Caldwell Arts Council sponsors a concert on the square in downtown Granite Falls every summer.


Grassroots Grants Program - Applications and awards are made annually to non-profit groups providing art programs in the community.  Click here for current Grassroots Grants recipients, and click here for this year's application and last year's report forms (go to bottom of page "Tools for Subgrantees"):


Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention - The Caldwell Arts Council is fiscal agent for this event, processing donations for the convention.


High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition - All High School students are invited to memorize and recite a monologue from Shakespeare for cash awards. Contact the arts council office or your school for details.


Historic Happy Valley  - - Immortalized in the world-famous ballad Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley, brought to life in Charles Frazier's award-winning book Cold Mountain and recalled in tales of frontiersman Daniel Boone, Historic Happy Valley is a legendary home to the arts, storytelling and living traditions. Descendents of some of the region's early settlers continue to live here and make music, paint, spin, weave, quilt, make molasses and soap, tell stories and practice the traditional farming methods of earlier generations. The valley and its scenic 28-mile stretch of road is only a short drive from Lenoir, Blowing Rock, or the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Hues and Brews Festival - This annual event brings artists, crafters, food venders and regional craft brewers together


Middle School Poetry Recitation Competition - All Middle School students are invited to memorize classic poetry in competition for monetary awards.  Contact the arts council office or your school for details.


Public Sculpture Collection – The Caldwell Arts Council owns over 80 sculptures installed throughout Caldwell County.  You can enjoy a 2.9-mile walking tour of about 20 of these sculptures in our downtown area - click here for a map.


Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G)  - Grant applications and awards available annually to artists seeking to increase their knowledge/abilities in their respective field.


Satie's Gift Shop - A small gift shop full of local and regional craft items ranging from jewelry to fiber arts, pottery to glassware, paintings to soaps and lotions, and much more.


Sculpting Our Future – Kids Art Camp – Students in grades K-12 focus on creating three-dimensional art forms using established public and outdoor art as inspiration, exploring, creating and using imagination


Sculpture Celebration - Click the sculpture tab above for details.  Prospectus available mid-year; event is always the Saturday after Labor Day.


Spring pARTy Series Fundraiser - An annual springtime series of pARTies for the ARTs! A selection of dinners with various themes, along with the Lenoir Comedy Club event featuring two comedians and a load of laughter.


Stevens Family Scholarship Program - Caldwell County artists are invited to apply for these scholarships in October/November to take week-long art classes at Cheap Joe's in Boone the following year.


Tucker's Gallery - An outdoor gallery of sculptures for sale; these sculptures remain on display in downtown Lenoir for one year.


yART Sale - occurs in even-numbered years offering artists the opportunity to clean out their studios, share the profits half & half with the Arts Council, and enjoy some new creative space


Volunteers - We survive and thrive with the assistance of our many volunteers who provide over 2,000 volunteer hours helping us prepare and present our programs