Artist Members of Our Arts Council
Spring 2014 Greetings to Friends and Members of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council
Spring has finally arrived, and we begin a new year for our CCHAC membership. First of all, we have moved our membership month to May to encourage our part-time residents to attend our membership meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
2013 and 2014 have been exciting years for us. We can look back at the things we have accomplished and forward to the new and exciting plans ahead. All our programs take money and hard work from many people. We receive Grassroots Grant money from the NC Arts Council to help fund part of our events, but we have to supply matching funds. To do this, plus support our museum, and pay our many other expenses, we must raise thousands of dollars annually. Fundraising events which we sponsor are our Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square, an Arts and Crafts Silent Auction, and our Holiday Tour of Homes. Without the help of our many volunteers, these events would not be successful. Please indicate your willingness to help on your membership form, which you can download here.
Following is a list and brief description of how we are using our Grassroots Grant money in 2013 and 2014 to benefit our school children and our community.
Festival on the Square – Provides musical entertainment on Friday evening and throughout the festival.
Arts Expo – Brings arts and crafts guilds and organizations to the square to inform residents of groups that are available for them to join.
Concert on the Square – Collaborates with the CCCRA to provide funds for one concert in the summer season.
Artist-in-Residency – Students in art class learned how to create and manipulate shadow puppets. There was also an evening performance at the Peacock Playhouse free to parents and children.
In-school Visiting Artist – A local potter came for a three-day pottery program in high school art classes, which provided students an opportunity to advance their skills in creating hand-built clay vessels.
Mike Wiley Performance – This performance in the Peacock Playhouse was based on the life of Jackie Robinson, an African-American athlete who broke through the color barrier into the world of baseball.
John Brown Orchestra - This performance will provide music students in Clay County schools an opportunity to expand their appreciation and understanding of jazz music as they attend this program at the school auditorium.
Art and Poetry Contest – This contest is held in the spring of each year to encourage visual and literary arts in middle and high school students and to recognize adult poets in Clay County.
Regional Artist Project – Our council participates with other counties in WNC to make funds available to artists in the area.
Old Jail Museum Opening (May 24) – Provides entertainment from local musicians. Local artists and crafters will be demonstrating their skills relating to the seasonal art exhibit inside the museum. Don’t forget to visit the museum and bring your friends. In 2013, the museum had 1,827 visitors. There were visitors from 28 states and 8 countries. Our admission is free, but contributions are appreciated.
Sara Smith, Membership Chairperson
Membership Dinner Thursday, May 15, 2014
Each spring, the Clay County Historical and Arts Council board and members gather for a potluck, meeting and entertainment.
This year’s Membership Dinner will be on Thursday, May 15 at the Gathering Place in the Hayesville United Methodist Church. Please bring a covered
dish to share. And bring a friend.
The CCHAC's membership year runs from May 1, 2014 to April 30,
2015 so come and join up or renew your membership. There will be a recap of the Council’s
activities over the previous year, a look ahead to the coming year's projects
and special live entertainment.
2014 Festival on the Square, July 11-13
Our 34th annual Festival on the Square will have activities on the following 3 days in July, 2014:
- Friday, July 11 - Street Dance around the town square in the evening
- Saturday, July 12 - Vendors, food stands and continuous entertainment, 10AM - 5PM
- Sunday, July 13 - Vendors, food stands and continuous entertainment, 10AM - 4PM
For a vendor application form, click here.
The Clay County Historical and Arts Council Museum
The 2014 museum season will start with an open house on Saturday, May 24 from 10AM to 4PM. We now have handicap access for the first floor.
From 1PM to 3PM there will be special events including activities, demonstrations and music.
Address: 21 Davis Loop,
Hours: Opens daily for the season on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will be open before that on Saturdays only starting on May 3, 2013, from 10AM - 4PM.
Then open Tue. - Sat. 10AM - 4PM through Labor Day
After Labor Day open Fri. & Sat. 10AM - 4PM through Sept. and Oct.
Groups can schedule special group tours for things like school groups and family reunions. Please use the contact form to get in touch. We love to introduce folks from both near and far, young and old to our fine collection of Clay County History and Arts.
Group tours of the museum for schools or organizations may be arranged for visits during the months that the museum is closed. There is no charge for visiting the museum, but for groups from outside Clay County, a contribution of $20 is suggested.
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