Art is a universal language and the arts are for everyone. The Arts Council brings a wide variety of artists and art forms to Anson County, striving to enrich the cultural life of our community.
The Arts Council provides programs that include theater, music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, poetry, art exhibits, special events and festivals. Opportunities are offered to everyone in our county. Children are a priority with special emphasis placed on in-school programming, enabling us to reach all students.
The Anson County Arts Council's partnership with the Anson County Schools and South Piedmont Community College enables us to provide programs, residencies and summer activities.
The North Carolina Grassroots Program has enabled us to establish several arts organizations, including the Anson County Writers' Club, Anson Memory Makers Quilters' Guild and the Anson Children's Theatre. One of the purposes of the council is to function as an umbrella agency to provide services and act as an LDA (Local Distributing Agency for Grassroot Funding). Through the years, the council has funded many organizations and groups that promote art in the community for the good of all its citizens. Application forms are available from the Arts Council office located at 110 South Rutherford Street or by calling 704-694-4950. Interested organizations and groups are encouraged to discuss their projects with the ACAC prior to applying for funds.
Anson Arts & Heritage is a collaborative effort of the Arts Council, the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, the Anson County Historical Society and South Piedmont Community College. The festival features professional and amateur artists as well as student artists. It also includes historical significance through exhibits and demonstrations. Activities for children are included in this event. The date and venue vary from year to year to include various sections of the county.
Summer Arts Program
The Arts Council's Summer Arts Program was developed in 1985 to expand the arts in Anson County on a local level. The Summer Arts Program is offered to students and adults during June and July. Space is provided through the cooperation of our county school system and churches, with classes being held at various locations. This process makes the arts accessible to all.
Examples of art classes that have been held in the past are: pottery, basket weaving, drawing, painting, music, drama, puppetry, dancing, sculpting, creative writing and fiber weaving. On special occasions, student art is placed on exhibit for public display.
This program is sponsored by the Arts Council, the N.C. Arts Council Grassroots Program. and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The Arts Council administers cultural and educational programs for the Anson County School System that include workshops, residencies and performances in theater arts, music, dance, visual arts, creative writing and poetry. Some of our previous programs have included "Healing Force" and "Underground Railroad -- a Story in Quilts and Songs"; Martha Connerton/Kynetyx Works; and classes and workshops by poet Joseph Bathanti.
Some of our other programs include art in the schools, workshops, general performances, art exhibits for youth and adults, and other special events.
The Arts Council partners with local churches and the schools to expand the range of arts activities. Examples are: "Bach's Lunch" and the Charlotte Children's Choir with First United Methodist Church; the Wingate University Choir with First Baptist Church; "Bowling for the Arts" with First Presbyterian Church; Morven Community Choir at Morven United Methodist Church; Evensong at Calvary Episcopal Church; organ and handbell recitals; and the Anson High "Arts Crawl" with the Hampton B. Allen Library.
Our Amazing Grace Competition and Jazzy Night have become two of Anson County's most rewarding events held in the community. These are instrumental in recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. and in the preparation for Black History Month.