Supporting and Encouraging the Arts in Stanly County since 1974

SUMMER  ARTS CAMP VIDEOS available for all!

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Special Thanks  to the Coats' for hosting this wonderful event and to Austin Coats for sharing his talents on behalf of the Stanly County Arts Council. Thank you to those who braved the cold and those who enjoyed it live and/or recorded on our Facebook page.  We are excited to announce that the video has over 1,200 views and the Arts Council raised almost $800!  It's not too late to enjoy.  Just check out our Facebook page.


This project is supported by the N.C. State Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts,

and by contributors like you! Thank you!

Stanly County Arts Council is now accepting applications for

North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through November 9, 2020.  

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council will distribute these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.  In many counties, including Stanly County, the local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients.

 Arts and Cultural organizations and individual artists are eligible to apply for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.

The following expenses can be considered:

  • paid salaries and benefits (including contractors)
  • on-going operating expenses 
  • costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs
  • COVID-related safety and cleaning measures.

Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses.  Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered.

 Revenue losses are not considered for mitigation in this grant program. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.

 If your organization or address is outside of Stanly County, please check the NC Arts Council’s website
( on how to apply.

Applications must be received no later than November 9, 2020.

Check out our YouTube Channel for all the recordings from our Summer Arts Camp:  "Where the Wild Things Are."  There are four class videos for each arts discipline:  Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre.  We also have two different age groups:  Kindergarten - 2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders.    Of course, the age range is just a suggestion.  The visual art lessons can be for any age.  The Kindergarten - 2nd graders create an owl; the 3rd - 5th graders create a leopard.

The mission of the Stanly County Arts Council is to encourage and promote broad-based cultural and educational activities in the arts throughout Stanly County. If you have an arts or cultural event or activity, and would like the Arts Council to help promote it, please notify us! Send all details about the event or activity, along with any picture/flyer that is appropriate to