Rowan County has a rich arts community with many arts and cultural venues and displays of public art. Salisbury has three theaters downtown, a nationally accredited art gallery, a symphony orchestra, and a revered outdoor sculpture show.
The county boasts eleven National Register districts and five Local Historic districts, a great history museum, the NC Transportation Museum, three house museums, and a meticulously restored depot that has been featured at the Smithsonian and in well-known movies.
A key component of public art in the community is the Salisbury Sculpture Show, an annual show featuring large outdoor sculptures from artists around the country. These pieces are displayed throughout downtown Salisbury, and on the local college campuses, and rotate on an annual basis.
Rowan County has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, and offers several walking and driving tours that take in historic sites:
The African American Heritage Tour offers a lengthy tour of the key African American historic sites including the Livingstone College and Union Hill area, Gilliam Family Farm, the White Rock Community of Granite Quarry, and the Village of Gold Hill.
The Salisbury Heritage Walking Tour features an original walk into history in downtown Salisbury’s West Square Historic District.
The Salisbury History & Art Tour celebrates the city’s rich and diverse history. This unique walking tour is organized into five eras significant to Salisbury’s history along a trail of markers that highlight history and art.