Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are essential to our quality of life! The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking skills, builds focus and perseverance, and nurtures creativity, confidence, and collaboration. Cultural awareness promotes effective communication and profoundly increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people and experiences. Projects that include music, dance, theatre, or a cultural experience, can be both traditional and innovative. There are countless ways to support the arts and culture awareness.

Special Contest: Design a Little Free Library – Winner receives a little free library valued at $300 for their local community (The dimensions are 17 x 18 x 21 inches – LxWxH – A note that the top is 17×18 inches and the sides are approximately 17x 18 inches, so the designs for the contest will be 17 x 18 inches for each.) Contact the Chairmen for details – Design is due March 1, 2022.

Design a Little Free Library Contest Form in word format

  • Support your GFWC-NC Club, District and State Arts festivals.
  • Sponsor Youth Art Month activities in March.
  • Discover art, drama, or music courses available in your community and plan a club outing to participate in a class.
  • Research American or International dance as an art form and create an awareness project or consider performing for your club or other groups.
  • Provide artwork and help decorate a reading nook at the library, a local laundromat, or other location in your community.
  • Establish scholarships for art, literature, drama, or music.
  • Teach a lesson about your cultural heritage to students, include information about the food and provide samples.
  • Work with your Chamber of Commerce and/or Tourist Commission to create a map of your community with pictures/drawings and descriptions of historic sites, monuments, and points of interest.
  • Make homemade holiday cards for nursing home residents or Meals on Wheels recipients.


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.

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