Volunteers of the Month: Rain Garden Volunteers!

In January 2021, 86 N. Main Street, HCAC’s office and gallery was purchased by Kituwah, an Eastern Band of Cherokee organization. This threw HCAC into a time of reimagining as we consolidated our office and gallery, and began thinking about how to better use our space. Part of that vision is sustainably activating the back of our building off Wall Street with a Cherokee inspired mural and a rain and native plant garden. Thanks to funding from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, the N.C. Arts Council, and Kitiwah, that dream is becoming a reality! This past fall, led by Sprigley’s Beescaping, volunteers from all walks of life and organizations helped bring the garden together. Thank you to the WNC Climate Action Coalition, the Youth Conservation Corps, our Artist Members, and students from HCC Biology Class led by Susan Roberts who came during our volunteer work day and got it done! We hope the garden has more coming in the spring, with educational signage and more plants, if HCAC is awarded another grant. Additionally, HCAC plans to have multiple mural painting days and will unveil the mural in May. Stay tuned so you can be part of this reimagined space!


September 2021, BearWaters Brewing Company: Riverside Mural Project

HCAC’s Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Lauren Medford was approached about painting a mural for Canton’s Bearwaters Brewing Company. The local business was flooded after tropical storm, Fred in August. Lauren jumped into action by designing the mural and organizing our talented artist members and volunteers. Medford explains, “many of our artist members and volunteers asked how they can help those in our community affected by the severe flooding. When this opportunity was presented, HCAC knew this would be a great way for us to give back to our community in a creative way!”

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Haywood County Arts Council Mural


Docenting is perhaps the most important volunteer activity anyone can donate to HCAC. Docents keep our gallery open and allow HCAC to promote and sell artist member artwork. HCAC would not be where it is today without many dedicated individuals who give their time by sitting behind our docent desk, selling artwork and promoting HCAC programs. 

Interesting in Docenting? Contact: Morgan Beryl, director@haywoodarts.org


HCAC’s quilt block program is almost 100% volunteer run. Program Coordinator Janet Steinke donates her time ordering and picking up supplies, coordinating with volunteers, designers, and customers, and painting the blocks.  

Interested in Painting Quilt Blocks? Contact: Morgan Beryl, director@haywoodarts.org 

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