Arts in Education
The Performing Arts Program continues to be our strongest outreach program, reaching well over 12,000 students each year with performances alone.  This program is co-sponsored with the Cleveland County Schools and brings to the county professional artists who are generally here for a two-day residency during which they perform in the schools.  These professional artists provide an opportunity for our young people to see and hear programs they might not otherwise be exposed to. 

The Cleveland County Arts Council is pleased to bring Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, to Graham Elementary School with their acclaimed show: “Heroes of the Underground Railroad” Feb. 22nd, 6pm. FREE.

Thurs., Feb. 28 & Fri., March 1, 2019

Cleveland County 7th graders

Tennessee Shakespeare Co.

“The Tempest” - Three professional TSC actors will perform this fantastical tale. This story begins with a shipwreck, ends with forgiveness, and in between gives us an airy spirit, a, earthen monster - man, love at first sight, and laugh-out-loud comedy.


Thurs., March 21 & Fri., March 22, 2019

Cleveland County 6th graders

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Have you ever wanted to be a star? Simon’s a terrific speller, and now he has a chance to shine as a contestant on a televised spelling bee. Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he’s also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage as Simon faces choices about his role as the protective big brother and his desire to gain celebrity status.

Themes | Spelling 2-5-5 takes a poignant look at bullying, inclusion, compassion and what it means to have empathy for others.


Thurs., April 4 & Fri., April 5, 2019

Cleveland County 8th graders

The Beast

“Sankofa: African American Music from Spirituals to Hip Hop”
Led by Professor Pierce Freelon, Hip-Hop and Jazz quartet The Beast will weave the story of African American music into an interactive informance (information-performance). Performing original songs, as well as standards from the spiritual, blues, jazz and Hip-Hop canon, The Beast will introduce students to a revolutionary new style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them.


Scavenger Hunt
The Arts Council welcomes groups from schools and the community. With advance notice we can create a scavenger hunt to help younger visitors learn about the art. Please reach out to us in advance of your visit.

111 S. Washington St., Shelby, NC 28150   -   Phone: 704-484-2787   -   Email: