The Caldwell Arts Council has been promoting and presenting high quality arts in Caldwell County since 1976.  It is our mission to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in arts events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences


Located in an historic building in downtown Lenoir, the Caldwell Arts Council offers much to the community. The Caldwell Arts Council is home to 4 beautiful gallery spaces and a small artisan craft gift shop which periodically transforms into additional exhibition space for local artists. Exhibits in the galleries change monthly and display contemporary to traditional, paintings to pottery, sculpture to photography.

Outside the Caldwell Arts Council home - on the highways and byways of Caldwell County - you will find more than 80 pieces of sculptural art on display.  From Happy Valley's 24 mile markers made by Oak Hill Iron Works between Lenoir & Wilkesboro to the West Wind Sentinels sculpture by Mike Roig on Highway 321, from the Jack & Jill bookends by Magi Moody & "Rusty Reader" by Jim Consoli at the Lenoir Library to "Passages" at the Wilson Creek Visitors Center - just see if you can find them all! These fun pieces of indoor and outdoor art are scattered all over Caldwell County, and periodically moved to new locations to keep the search interesting.  All our current pieces are listed here - and you will also find a "Google Map" here to help locate your favorites.

On the streets of downtown Lenoir you will find more sculptural art - and almost all these are for sale as part of Tucker's Gallery, a partnership of the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. These pieces are on loan from sculptors for up to one year at a time.  Discover current sculptures here.

Our annual Sculpture Celebration attracts sculpture artisans from across the eastern United States bringing about 200 sculptural artworks in competition for cash awards. This event occurs annually on the Saturday after Labor Day in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park.  Click here for current details. 

Our Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians program boasts more than 30 students in the school-year program, held after school at three locations. These students are taught traditional music of our mountains, learning their choice of guitar, mandolin, fiddle or banjo. We offer a weekly Summer JAM program as well, and the summer students go on to perform in the Youth Tent at the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention! You may hear our advanced Caldwell JAM students playing for tips and honorariums around town - Blackberry JAM has performed at IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase, and beyond! Want to sign your student up? Click here!

Our 15th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention hosts jam sessions, concerts and competitions for old-time musicians on Labor Day weekend annually; for more details on this event, visit the website https://happyvalleyfiddlers.org


In addition to the gallery, sculpture, and music programs, the Caldwell Arts Council offers a large Artist-in-Schools program. This program is a partnership program with Caldwell County Schools and the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Theater, dance, music, and more are presented to the children of Caldwell County, providing them with experiences that rival those of children in large cities and bringing their curriculum to life.


We offer summer camp opportunities in art & sculpture "Sculpting Our Future", "Summer JAM," and "Art In Motion" dance camp. We also host annual Middle School Poetry Recitation and High School Shakespeare Monologue competitions. We showcase all levels of student art in April each year in the Caldwell Arts Council gallery and at HUB Station Arts & Business Center in Hudson.


All this to say, we are active players in the life and vitality of this county.  We hope you will partner with us by donating to support local arts programming - Click the "Donate Now" button at the top of this page, and become part of the heARTbeat of Caldwell County!




FUNDING - Being a non-profit organization, the Caldwell Arts Council is funded by a combination of private donations, corporate donations, grant funding, foundation support, fundraising events & raffles, and program income.  Our fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS - Click here to discover more about what we do in Caldwell County!


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