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We're Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:02

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is rich in heritage treasures, including Cherokee history, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge artists, exciting outdoor activities and authentic Blue Ridge music experiences.

Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Miscellaneous News, April, 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015 13:43

Call for photos: Be part of our summer exhibit.


Coming soon! Clay County Native Botanical Garden.


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Spring 2015 Greetings to Friends and Members of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00
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.

Membership Dinner Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015 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, April 23 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, 2015 to April 30, 2016 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. 


You can join the Clay County Historical and Arts Council or renew your membership by filling out the membership application/renewal form. You can mail in the form or bring it to the annual membership dinner. Or you can pick up a form at the dinner and fill it out. 

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.


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