Programs & Services We Provide

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

Art Classes and Workshops - We offer onsite workshops, and several local artists offer lessons to 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 Library - A collection of art reference books is available to the public for checkout or reading in our boardroom.

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 perform at various schools as well. 

Caldwell JAM - Traditional Artists Program in Schools - Junior Appalachian Music (visit their website at  or the JAM page on our website:  Caldwell JAM provides guitars and fiddles & instruction for students at both Granite Falls Elementary and Happy Valley School after school.  For details contact Adrienne Roellgen, Programs Coordinator, at 828-754-2486 or

Granite Falls Concert - Caldwell Arts Council sponsors a concert on the square in downtown Granite Falls every year. 

Grassroots Grants Program
- Applications available in March  and awards announced in July.
Click here for more 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.

Art Exhibits - Click on the Galleries/Shop tab above
to view upcoming exhibits. 

Caldwell Visual Artist Competition - Prospectus available in August for this annual October competition 

Literary Competition - Registration form and entry guidelines available annually through Friends of the Caldwell County Public Library; Caldwell Arts Council participates in this competition.

April Food & Fools pARTy Series Fundraiser - An annual springtime event to pARTy for the ARTs!  A selection of dinners with various themes, culminating in a special event at the end of April.

Performances, residencies, teacher training workshops, art museum & performing arts tours.

Perennial and Herb Garden - Anyone can pick fresh herbs from our herb garden throughout the growing season -- Help yourselves!

Public Sculpture Collection - Click to see a listing of public sculptures in Caldwell County.  

Recitation Competition - All Middle School students are invited to memorize classic/famous poetry 2-1/2 to 3 minutes in length in competition for monetary awards annually in February.  Contact arts council office or your school for details.

Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G)  - Grant applications are available in July with grants awarded in October

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

Shakespeare Competition - All High School students are invited to memorize and recite a monologue from Shakespeare for competition in January. Contact arts council office or your school for details.