Programs & Services We Provide

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

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 Night event featuring two comedians and a load of laughter.


Art After Hours - Periodic evening events featuring live music, readings, artist demonstrations, classes, and other opportunityes for after-hours enjoyment of the current featured art exhibit


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 - Monthly changing exhibits at the Caldwell Arts Council galleries, and quarterly exhibits at theCaldwell Memorial Hospital Art-in-Healing Gallery.  


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


Artists, Crafters, Sculptors - Where would an arts council be without these? Meet some of our artists and several of the sculptors who participate in our exhibits and meet many of the sculptors who participate in our annual Sculpture Celebration


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 


Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - Usually once each year we get a group together, rent a tour bus and enjoy a Dutch Treat dinner and a night of theatre in Charlotte at the Blumenthal P.A.C.


Board of Directors - We are governed by a 13 to 18-member Board of Directors


Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians - 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.  For details contact Launi Higgs, Programs Coordinator, at 828-754-2486 or


Caldwell Visual Artist Competition - Prospectus will be available in April for this June competition


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


Grassroots Grants Program - Applications and awards made annually to non-profit groups providing art programs in the community.  


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.


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


Festivals - Artists and the Caldwell Arts Council participate in local and regional arts/crafts festivals including Butterfly Festival in Hudson, Art in the Park in Blowing Rock, Festival in the Park in Lenoir, Art in the Park in Granite Falls, and several others


Funding - Being a non-profit organization, our funding is a combination of private donations, corporate donations, grant funding, foundation support, fundraising events and program income.  Our fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.  


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.


Hues and Brews Studio Tours and Festival - This annual event features studio tours throughout Caldwell County and a festival bringing artists, crafters, food venders and regional craft beer tastings to downtown Lenoir


Literary Competition - The Friends of the Caldwell County Public Library and Caldwell Arts Council work together to provide this semi-annual competition.


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


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.


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


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 - With only 2 full-time and 3 part-time staff, 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