JCAC Funded Programs
We are happy to offer the following programming for Jackson County.
The Rotunda Gallery is on the first floor of the historic Jackson County Courthouse, part of the Jackson County Library Complex on Courthouse Hill. The Rotunda Gallery space is shared by the Jackson County Historical Society, Jackson County Genealogical Society and the Jackson County Arts Council. Art exhibits are coordinated through the Jackson County Arts Council. From time to time, the rotunda space is used for special exhibits, sponsored by the other two organizations. A secure, high-quality hanging system makes the space a good option for rotating art exhibits.
To be considered, artists must be:
- Living and working in Western North Carolina, preferably Jackson County.
- A member in good standing of the Jackson County Arts Council.
- Willing to donate 10% of the sale of your work to the Jackson County Arts Council.
Application forms can be submitted via email or mail to the Rotunda Gallery Committee.
Community Room Piano
A Samick SIG-61 piano was purchased by the Jackson County Arts Council for use in the Community Room, located in the Jackson County Public Library Complex.
The piano provides opportunities for performances, concerts, master classes and many other kinds of musical presentations. The piano maintenance will be the responsibility of the Jackson County Arts Council. The piano is not available for private or group lessons or practice on an ongoing basis. Read our Piano Policy.
To apply to use the piano, please fill out the Piano Use Application.
The Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians program is an afterschool program that provides school aged students (3rd-12th grades) instruction and performance opportunities in mountain heritage music with traditional Appalachian instruments: acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, and string band.
Funding for this program comes from the NC Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council and through donations and contributions from the public. The Jackson County Arts Council is the designated county partner through the state that allows us to offer this program in our county.
The program is partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Arts Council. Funds also come from grants, registration fees and fundraising events.
Classes are held after school on Tuesdays in the music room at Cullowhee Valley School from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. We welcome Jackson County public school, private school and home school students, grades 3 through 12. The registration fee is $95 per semester. Please contact JAM at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jackson County JAM is an affiliate program of the regional Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc., headquartered in Independence, Virginia www.jamkids.org.
NC Arts Council & JCAC Funded Programs
The following program are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. Supplemental funding is provided by JCAC.
The cARTwheels program provides high quality stage performances and residency experiences to students across the state. cARTwheels engagements typically include:
• Live performances: two 50-minute, high quality, age-appropriate performances that engage students’ imaginations. These performances will be presented at local performance venues.
• Study guides to introduce students to the performance. Guides include activities and resources that make curricular connections and facilitate extensions in the classroom.
Other JCAC Funded Projects
JCAC regularly sponsors the following projects in Jackson County:
Youth Art Month at WCU
Initiated by JCAC founder Dr. Perry Kelly, Youth Art Month has been staged at WCU (Bardo Art Center Concourse) for more than 45 years.
Co-sponsored by WCU’s Art Education Club and the College of Education and Allied Professions the event features over 400 artworks from the 10 schools in Jackson County. Artists are awarded prizes and recognized at receptions.
Children’s Art Days at WCU
Held during scheduled Jackson County teacher workdays, these days are themed and feature art forms not typically offered in schools. The WCU Art Education Club has been offering these events for 10 years.
JCAC provides scholarships to students on a needs basis.