Warmest greetings to our friends and members of Clay County Historical and Arts Council!
Volunteers needed: Help our efforts to improve our work in Clay County. We need gardening help, museum docents, volunteers to assist during the Festival on the Square in July, and we also need additional board members. For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to sign up, CLICK HERE.
Our membership dinner will be a cookout in 2019 will be at noon on June 15 this year. For more information CLICK HERE. Please plan to attend this event to share in planning for 2018 and 2019. 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.
The purpose of CCHAC is to support art education and activities in the schools and community. We also pay particular attention to the history of the local area and to our cultural heritage.
Throughout the year, CCHAC provides for special programs in the schools and community. Many of these are made possible through the Grassroots Grants from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts. Many require matching funds raised by us. Our major fundraisers are the Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square, and the Silent Arts and Crafts Auction held during the Cherokee Festival in September. Along with these, other activities will take place. Please check our Facebook page and website (www.clayhistoryarts.org) for updates.
Our Old Jail Museum features a variety of exhibits including our Native American exhibit, early 20th century doctor’s office, and our newest exhibit on African-American history. The museum is open on Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 4, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It is also open Friday and Saturday during September and October.
Our Clay County Native Botanic Garden is open all year for visitors to enjoy. A new rain garden area is being developed this year.
Following is a list and brief description of programs and activities for this year (not a final list yet for 2019):
Peacock Center Stage – Students are introduced to dance, magic, mask making and stage presence/improvisation.
Rob Tiger and Friends Songwriters Concert – The Council sponsors one of the concerts each season.
Rob Withrow’s Clay in Schools – Local Artist works with students making pottery in art classes.
Regional Artist Project – Our county participates with other counties to make Grassroots Grant funds available to help local artists in obtaining materials, equipment, training, or opportunity to develop their art/craft.
Summer Middle School Art Classes – Middle schoolers will have an opportunity to work with Kelly Crawford to learn more about art and to create their own art pieces.
Summer Concert on the Square – Each summer the council sponsors one of the CCCRA summer concert series. This past summer we sponsored the band Southern Vantage.
The Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company – Presenting the art form of Flamenco, showcasing traditional costumes and music of Spain and Latin America.
Poetry/Song Lyrics Contest – Sponsored by CCHAC in collaboration with the North Carolina Writers Network West for students and adults in the community.
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.