McDowell Children's Theatre
MCT began with a summer theatre camp in 2013 and has grown into a full season: including a holiday show, a summer theatre camp, and now a spring production for teens. There is a role for every kiddo who wants to participate in one of our productions, and there are many roles to fill onstage, backstage, and in the tech booth. We welcome boys and girls of all ages, diversities, backgrounds, and abilities to create the best, most beautiful shows!
There is no cost for any child (ages 5 to 18) to participate in our our productions.
Mountain Arts Program
McDowell Quilt Trail
The McDowell County Quilt Trail program is sponsored by the McDowell Arts Council Association. Their base of operations/studio is located in the Historic McDowell House.
The Quilt Trail program began in June 2009 as part of a grassroots interest to extend the Quilt Trail of Western North Carolina to McDowell County. The McDowell Quilt Trail has now been retired, but their beautiful works of art can be spotted across McDowell County.
Regional Artist Project Grant
The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAP-G) provides financial support to a wide variety of artists exhibiting exceptional talent in an effort to assist them and their professional career.
This grant is intended to fund a particular project that will take place 2016/2017. Applications and guidelines available August/September 2016.
NC Grassroots Grant
Appalachian Potter's Market
Spend the first weekend in December with us!
APM has 31 years of rich history and tradition to share through the works of 60+ North Carolina potters. You'll find functional, decorative and silly pieces to enjoy or gift to friends and loved ones.
December 5th, 2020
Hours: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Directions: I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort
North on Catawba Avenue to US Hwy. 70, turn right driving approximately 10.7 miles to McDowell High School Road. At stoplight, turn right, driving onto campus. Parking and high school entrances are on the right.
Micropolitan Film Festival (NEW!)
Calling all regional filmmakers!
Films can be any genre and we encourage an original take, element, or perspective on small-town life experiences or films made by those whose inspiration draws from their small town roots: comfortable, traumatizing, or downright strange (we're keeping this criteria open to YOUR interpretation).
Whether your film is a documentary, sci-fi, comedy, animation, romance, art-film, silent, or horror: we want to experience stories through the eyes of both insiders and outsiders of the Micropolitan world!
Festival dates are August 10, 11, and 12, 2018.
More information at filmfreeway.com/MFF.
MACA Summer Art Camps
Silent Film Series
Hosted and live musical accompaniment provided by International Award-Winning Composer-Pianist Nathan Shirley
Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and stunt performer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face.
Next Film Series Date set for June 1st 2018.
Tickets are $5 and available HERE.
Artisan Gift Shop
Our gift shop is stocked with art, crafts, books, and music, all created by 90+ local artisans. Stop in Monday through Saturday 10-5 (Holiday Hours: Black Friday-Christmas 10-6/10-8 Tues/Thurs). Perfect for birthdays, wedding gifts, host gifts, functional household items, treating yourself to something nice...endless possibilities!
Are you interested in becoming a gift shop artist?
More info here