Warmest greetings to our friends and members of Clay County Historical and Arts Council!
Our membership dinner is on April 23 this year. Please plan to attend this event to share in planning for 2015 and 2016. We all join CCHAC because we love Clay County and value both our history and our potential to showcase the best our citizens have to offer through the arts, entertainment, and friendship found here.
This year, especially, we need the help of all CCHAC members. As with any organization, we are only as strong as our members allow us to be, and your involvement is crucial to the success of the projects we have in the works. Please make sure we have your email address so that we can contact everyone in advance of needing your service. Several of our projects are organized in shifts so each person would only need to commit to 2 or 3 hours at a time.
Our major fund raising events for each year are the Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square (July), the Silent Arts and Crafts Auction (held in conjunction with the Cherokee Heritage Festival), and the Holiday Tour of Homes in December. We receive Grassroots Grant money from the NC Arts Council to help fund part of our events. Since this comes in matching fund grants, we must supply the rest of the money. We also support the Old Jail Museum, which, though it is in need of upkeep and repair, provides a cultural center for visitors and local residents to enjoy some of Clay County’s heritage. You’re invited to help with the Native Botanical Garden that will be developed this year on the Museum Grounds. This is a huge effort that requires lots of volunteers!
Other 2015-2016 events are as follows (not all of them have definite dates yet)
Hobey Ford, puppeteer, will be visiting the schools April 20–24, 2015, working with teachers and students. He will be our special guest at the membership dinner on April 23.
Local potter, Rob Withrow, will work with students making pottery in art classes in May of 2015 and 2016.
Old Jail Museum Opening is May 23.
Two on-going events: Art Expo to acquaint the public with artist groups in the area will collaborate with the Thursday Evening Market in 2015 and 2016.
Work continues on the Botanical Garden below the Museum – see the enclosed flyer.
Summer Museum Exhibit – “Clay County Through the Eye of the Camera” – Calling all professional and amateur photographers! See the enclosed flyer.
Festival on the Square – July 10-12 – All the entertainment is sponsored by CCHAC.
Lee Holland will be in concert in August.
Didgerido Down Under, Indigenous Australian music, will give a program at the school in September.
Rob and Song Writer Friends in concert in autumn.
Glenis Redmond, renowned poet, will work with Clay County students on appreciating, understanding and writing poetry.
Susan Belcher, soprano vocalist, will present a program of opera selections, including works from “Byna: Life songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Descent.”
The Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company will present the art form of Flamenco in 2016.
CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources,
with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.