Clay County Historical and Arts Council
Our purpose is to sponsor and encourage cultural education and activities in Clay County and surrounding areas, with particular emphasis on local history and art. Throughout the year, CCHAC provides for special programs in the schools and community that showcase both the arts and the history of our area. We are able to do this through Grassroots Grants from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts. Many of these require matching funds, raised by us. Our major fundraisers are the Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square and the Silent Arts and Crafts Auction held during the Cherokee Festival in September. Along with these, other activities will take place. Please check our Facebook page and our website ( ) for updates. The Old Jail Museum, operated and supported by CCHAC, provides a cultural center for visitors and residents to enjoy Clay County’s heritage. The museum is open on weekends during May with the grand opening coming the Saturday before Memorial Day each year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 4, Memorial Day through Labor Day. It is also open on Friday and Saturday during September and October. Local/Regional Grassroots Grants are available to help local artists in obtaining materials, equipment, training, or opportunity to develop their art/craft.
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