Mission:To enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds.We Believe:Art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination and helps people see the world from different perspectives.About Us:The Yadkin Arts Council saw its beginnings in 1975 following North Carolinas creation of a state arts council. William Bill Evan Casstevens, a UNC-Chapel Hill theater graduate and Broadway performer, who had recently returned to his hometown quickly took the reins at the first arts council meeting at the county library and would lead the group as it became a non-profit 5013 organization.Over the years the Yadkin Arts Council would bounce from home to home using the Yadkinville High School auditorium and a retired freezer locker that once housed the local residents frozen meat in the days before home freezers.In October 2010 the Yadkin Cultural Art Centers construction began and just shy of a year later the center opened its doors to the public for the first time on September 19, in concert with the Council-sponsored 34th Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival.The Arts Council is governed by a 20-member Board. It receives grassroots funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Office of Cultural Resources. The Yadkin Arts Council allocates these funds for arts experience and education programs in the schools.Now that the Council has a permanent home a rapid expansion of programming has followed. Some of the Arts Council programming includes:Annual Yadkin Valley Bluegrass ConventionAnnual Juried Art ShowAnnual Harvest FestivalBimonthly Artist Exhibitions in the Welborn GalleryChildrens Summer Theater ProgramMessiah Chorus ConcertNancy Mills Davis Memorial ScholarshipsSchool Art ExperiencesYear-round performances and movies in the Willingham Theater.