Rutherford County Arts Council

Rutherford County Arts Council is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to cultural revitalization through the arts.  This goal is pursued through works of art produced by the Arts Council, particularly drama, and through support of and partnership with other organizations and individuals dedicated to the same purpose.  The participation of children in artistic projects, both in and out of the school setting, is especially encouraged and facilitated by the Arts Council, not only cultivating the full potential of the individual child, but, in the surest way, enriching, revitalizing, and building up our community and the larger culture.

Regional Artist Project Grants Available – Rutherford County Arts Council and Arts Councils in ten other counties provide a collaborative grant program, Regional Artist Project Grant, each year.  The Grant is administered by the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte Mecklenburg, and is open to artists of the 11 participating counties.  Please go to to begin a new application.  Contact RCAC director Matthew McEnnerney for a password when you apply:    828-245-4000.

Maple Street Theatre – RCAC’s current drama program at Maple Street Theatre provides participants of all ages with the unique opportunity to take part in professionally produced and directed shows, free of charge, with no previous experience required.  The schedule features theatrical standards by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Neil Simon, Agatha Christie, Anton Chekov, etc. as well as new theatrical works based on classic tales such as Beowulf, Aesop’s Fables, and The Canterbury Tales.  The program is hugely beneficial to performers and audience alike.  In addition, Maple Street Theatre is the site for RCAC’s Summer Arts Camp for kids, professional acting classes throughout the year, voice lessons, and various other projects and activities relating to the Arts Council’s mission.

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