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


Fund Drive requests are mailed periodicially throughout the fiscal year to current and potential donors who support the Caldwell Arts Council or one of our programs directly.  


We host annual fundraising events such as Sculpture Celebration, Hues & Brews, Lenoir Comedy Club, and pARTy Series. "pARTies" are hosted by private individuals who leverage their regular donation by hosting a party in order to gain more funds for us.


We also host the Satie’s Holiday Sale each December with a 70% / 30% consignment between the artist & the Caldwell Arts Council, and also periodically have a ‘yART Sale” of original art with a 50% / 50% split for the artist & the Caldwell Arts Council.


Almost all of our programs are free or very inexpensive.  Gallery exhibits are free, the Sculpture Celebration which is one of the most respected sculpture events in the southeast is free, our concerts are free, our gallery talks are free.  


Our largest program is the Artist-in-Schools program whick reaches every child in grades K-8 and many high school students as well.  This program offers free and reduced ticket programs.  The most we ever charge for one of these shows is $3.25. (The same show in Charlotte charges $12/student.)  


Our after school JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program for children is on a sliding fee scale with students paying $3, $5, or $10 a week based on their school lunch status. In addition they are loaned an instrument for a low fee, that they take home for daily practice.  They keep this instrument for the entire year.  


We also have several grant programs where we give money to non-profits, schools, and artists for arts programs.  


The money from our fund drive and fund raiser events helps make all the programs we offer free or inexpensive.  


One of the most important parts of our mission is to make high quality arts available to all the people of Caldwell County.  The only way to do that is to make the programs free or low-cost.  We do that by asking those who can to step up and help make that possible.