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BNHAP has announced an award of $6000 to the CCHAC

Monday, 23 February 2015 13:16

DATE: February 12, 2015


CONTACT:  Sara Smith, 828-389-1402; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $6000 to the Clay County Historical & Arts Council for interpretive landscaping with native plants and heritage fruit trees at the Old Jail Museum in Hayesville. This grant will be matched with local funds and volunteer services.


The museum is at the beginning of the Quanassee Trail and is one of several Cherokee heritage sites in the community. Nearby is the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, also partially funded with a grant from the BRNHA.


According to Sara Smith, organization co-president, “This grant will make it possible for the Historical and Arts Council to develop the landscape below the museum into a botanical area using native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.  We will be working with the NC Extension Service, the Hiwassee  River Watershed Coalition, the Master Gardeners, and the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District.  This concerted effort will result in a project that local citizens and visitors can enjoy and learn about our native plants.”


In this grant cycle, the BRNHA Partnership awarded 22 grants totaling $170,000 in funding to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage. 

“We appreciate and are grateful for all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the region to preserve our heritage and improve our communities,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. “This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive—we had 52 applicants and some great projects presented, but we simply could not fund them all.”


Funded by the federal dollars the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.


Since its inception in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, a public charity, has awarded 133 grants totaling over $1.9 million and leveraging another $4.2 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. These grants have funded projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.


2015 Festival on the Square, July 10-12

Our 35th annual Festival on the Square will have activities on the following 3 days in July, 2015:

  • Friday, July 10 - Street Dance around the town square in the evening 
  • Saturday, July 11 - Vendors, food stands and continuous entertainment, 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday, July 12 - Vendors, food stands and continuous entertainment, 10AM - 4PM

For a vendor application form, click here.

Artist Members of Our Arts Council

Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:32

Spring 2014 Greetings to Friends and Members of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council

Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00

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

Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:43

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. 


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