Our Mission

To serve the community by fostering the creative arts, advancing arts education and developing the Salisbury-Rowan cultural community to its greatest potential.

Our History

  • 1971 As the United Arts Council of Rowan, the Rowan Arts Council (RAC) was formed by local visual artist, Lou Murphy as a means of fundraising for area arts organizations.
  • 2003 The RAC expanded its direction to included support and a variety of educational and community programming that further served to embed the arts in our local culture.
  • 2010 - Present The RAC entered a partnership with the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority (RCTDA) as a means of combining resources and expanding our cultural offerings to visitors of Salisbury-Rowan County. The RCTDA assumed management of the administrative processes and the Council moved into the RCTDA Offices.

Our Vision

The Vision of the RAC is to bring appreciation, enjoyment and awareness of the arts to the community, while establishing Salisbury-Rowan as a regional resource for arts, education, and culture.

Our Values

Innovation:     We support and value innovation in arts and culture.
Diversity:         We believe in the value of a diverse community as well as the diverse offerings of a strong and vibrant arts & cultural community.
Education: We believe that arts education is important for artists, children and adults and should be part of the life-long learning process.
Accessibility: We believe that arts and culture must be accessible in all ways to everyone in the community.

What We Do

  • Advocate Arts in Education
  • Advocate Multi-Cultural Arts
  • Promote Artistic Development of Individuals and Organizations
  • Build Sustainable Relationships & Partnerships among the artists and arts organizations in the county
  • Serve as a Networking and Information Resource for the Arts
  • Provide information resources for citizens and artists
  • Offer calendar of ongoing arts and cultural events online
  • Oversee and distribute Grassroots Grants Program funds to local arts and cultural organizations
  • Provide grant writing assistance
  • Oversee the Regional Arts Grant Program
  • Provide art programming to the citizens of Rowan County

Who We Serve

  • Citizens, Artists, and the Arts Community of Rowan County