The Caldwell Arts Council has celebrated over 40 years in operation -- we are active in Caldwell County and we invite you to join us!


You can donate securely using the Donate Now button at the top or bottom of this page, or mail your gift payable to Caldwell Arts Council, PO Box 1613, Lenoir NC 28645.  


Wonder why you should donate?





The Caldwell Arts Council does so much for our community through our many programs. All programs of the CAC are either free or low cost. Our biggest program is Artists-in-Schools. This program reaches every K-8 Caldwell County Schools student at least once a year, and often times many more. We do this by offering high quality, educational touring arts performances at the JE Broyhill Civic Center. These performances rival what is offered by bigger cities. We also offer an afterschool music program that teaches the traditional music of this region. Additionally, we hold student art competitions and exhibits and offer grant funds for art projects in the classroom. Lastly, we offer 2 kids camps in the summer for music and art.

In addition to Artists-in-Schools, our second largest program is our annual Sculpture Celebration. This is our signature event that draws over 3000 people to the Broyhill Walking Park to experience art on a grand scale (many sculptures have to be brought in with a boom truck!). Sculptors come from all over the country to compete for $11,000 in prize money. This event is free to the public, and is held the Saturday after Labor Day annually.

Our exhibits program is what we are most known for and we are very proud to display amazing art in our 3 gallery spaces: 1 or 2 month long exhibits in our facility at 601 College Ave., Lenoir; Art in Healing Gallery at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital; and Tucker's outdoor sculpture gallery in downtown Lenoir. We also are proud of our 83 piece permanent sculpture collection found all over Caldwell County.


And those are just a few of our programs! Click here to see a more complete list.




The Caldwell Arts Council was organized and incorporated in March 1976 to foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. We help create and sustain vibrant, thriving communities in Caldwell County through education, engagement, innovation, and art exhibitions. Funding for these programs comes from the community and corporate donations, grants, and public funding.


  • To establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts
  • To encourage participation in arts events
  • To promote the arts through cultural planning
  • To offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists



  • Host museum-caliber exhibits
  • Annual Sculpture Celebration attracting artists & patrons from across the country
  • Literary, Recitation, Visual Artists, Sculpture & Photography competitions periodically
  • Summer music concert in Granite Falls
  • Art classes & workshops
  • Studio and gallery tours



  • Serve every Caldwell County student, often more than once, with arts education programming
  • Sponsor annual Middle School Poetry Recitation Competition
  • Sponsor annual High School Shakespeare Monologue Competition
  • Grants for art programs in schools (like bringing a music performance or special training in school) or a special art learning event in schools (like bringing a pottery instructor into a school, or a professional theatre acting instructor); all schools need art supplies
  • Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians Program - a nationally recognized program - provides weekly music instruction in fiddle, guitar and mandolin by local masters of these instruments now in a single centralized location
  • Sculpting Our Future summer sculpting camp for grades K-12
  • Caldwell JAM summer music camp preparing to perform at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention
  • Art In Motion summer dance camp, soon to add additional times throughout the year



  • Historic Happy Valley Project - invites visitors to enjoy and appreciate this historical and cultural community
  • Public Sculpture Collection - maps and website make this collection a tourism draw
  • Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour, Hues & Brews Artisan & Craft Beer Festival, and the Sculpture Celebration attract many visitors to the county.



  • Grassroots Art Project Grants awarded to local organizations for community art programs
  • Stevens Family Scholarship Awards provide workshops for established artists
  • Regional Artist Project Grants focus on career development of both the individual artist and artistic groups.
  • Artist-in-Schools Grants provide local schools with funding to improve art education