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 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 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. Information on these programs is updated annually with each school year 

Caldwell JAM - Traditional Artists Program in Schools - Teaching Junior Appalachian Music,  Caldwell JAM provides guitars, mandolins, banjos and fiddles & instruction for students at a few local schools and a downtown location as well.  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 summer. 

Grassroots Grants Program
- Applications and awards made annually.

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

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 series of pARTies for the ARTs!  A selection of dinners with various themes, culminating in a special Lenoir Comedy Night 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.  

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

Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G)  - Grant applications and awards available annually. 

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

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