Art is essential to the quality of life! The GFWC Arts Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support arts activities in all communities. It is designed to inspire clubwomen to engage the creative ambiance within their lives. Create programs and projects that include music, dance, drama, theatre, and other arts-related areas, both traditional and innovative. The artistic experience can be outward reaching for inner satisfaction. In other words, create an artistic experience that involves all programs and projects.

There are countless ways to incorporate art activities. Consider inviting local musicians to club meetings; donating tickets to local performances; planning a trip to local galleries, exhibits, or festivals; and volunteering as a group at local arts venues.


  • Support your district and state arts festivals – see Arts Festival Brochure for more information.
  • Discover art, dance, and/or music courses available in your community and plan a club outing to participate in a class.
  • Research dancing, music, or creative arts as an art form and consider performing for your club or other groups.
  • Visit local galleries, exhibits, music festival, and dramatic events.
  • Volunteer as a docent at local museums, galleries, and other venues.


Clubs from around the state bring student and clubwoman crafts, visual arts and photography to the annual State Arts Festival. The festival is held annually in March. Information can be found in the GFWC-NC Arts Festival Brochure.


The GFWC-NC Artfest contest is held each year at the State Arts Festival. The purpose is to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of North Carolina’s developmentally disabled citizens, particularly in the five North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Centers. The contest focuses on the elements of Life, Liberty, and Happiness and more information can be found in the GFWC-NC Arts Festival Brochure.


1932 – Assisted in launch of the North Carolina Symphony.
1963 – First state to endow a Chair for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
1967 – First Arts Festival held outside of Convention.
1985 – Whitener Piano Scholarship instituted for high school seniors pursuing a music degree.
1989 – Organized Artfest-An arts and crafts competition for mentally and physically challenged North Carolina citizens.
2002 – Established the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Creative Writing Student Award at Salem College which is presented in honor of a North Carolina female writer.