Cultural Events


The arts create and sustain jobs, make money for North Carolina, improve public education, support cultural tourism, and help train creative workers necessary for our 21st century economy. The case for public funding for the arts is built on the premise that arts non-profit organizations provide essential services more effectively and efficiently than the state or federal government.  

ChathamArts works with Arts North Carolina, our state’s advocacy organization for all the arts. Arts NC works year-round facilitating training and providing tools, resources, and professional assistance culminating in Arts Day when hundreds of citizens convene in Raleigh to tell our story of arts value. This day typically occurs in mid-April. Care about the arts? Join us! Learn more

Arts in Education

Placing working artists who teach to the core curricula in Chatham County classrooms provides paths to reach children who may learn differently, offers alternative approaches to other children as well as instruction options and assistance to faculty. When the arts are integrated into education, students become more excited about learning (and perform better in school), and teachers and administrators become more engaged. Learn more.


ChathamArts has granted over $76,000 to other local non-profits since 2000 through annual Grassroots Arts Grants. Any non-profit organization offering community-based arts programs or events taking place in Chatham County are welcome to apply. The Grassroots Arts program is made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, who believe that a great nation deserves great art. Learn more.


The Fall Bluegrass Concert features internationally-known musical talent that also happens to call Chatham County home! Special guests have included author George Holt in 2012, Clyde Edgerton in 2011, musicologist and anthropologist Jack Bernhardt in 2010, Southern Historians, Dr. William R. Ferris in 2009 and John Shelton Reed in 2008.

At ClydeFEST kids of all ages enjoy original critter-inspired games, interactive art activities, live music, local food, a critter raffle and lots of fun at this festival specifically designed for children and honoring folk artist and “critter” master, Clyde Jones in his home of Bynum.