Breakfast for the Arts

Over 750 people attended Breakfast for the Arts on May 17, showing just how important the arts are to their community. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

Thank you to everyone who attended Breakfast for the Arts 2019 on May 17. A special thank-you to sponsor Embassy Suites – Concord/Charlotte.

Breakfast for the Arts

Greetings from pint-sized performers, like these dancers from G.W. Carver Elementary School, have become a welcoming tradition at Breakfast for the Arts. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

For more images from the morning, visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Facebook page.  

Breakfast for the Arts

Artist Barbara Ellis, who works out of ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, creates with paints as guests arrive for Breakfast for the Arts 2019. Cabarrus Arts Council photo


Exhibition: On Paper; Now – Friday, July 26; works created on paper; free and open to the public; sponsored by Hilliard Family Foundation; The Galleries 2018-2019 Season Sponsor: PSNC Energy; The Galleries’ hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, during Family Days and Art Walks and one hour before a performance in the Davis Theatre; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, downtown Concord;

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Cabarrus Arts Council President & CEO Noelle Rhodes Scott gives members of G.W. Carver Elementary School A+ Chorus a boost of confidence as they make their way to the stage. Cabarrus Arts Council photo

Recreational Art Studio: Dream Catcher: Friday, May 24, 7-9pm; $25; Creating a dream catcher is so much fun and easy to do. In this workshop you will learn the basics of weaving and knot tying. Choose from various ribbons, feathers, charms and fabric to create your “one of a kind” dream catcher. Age 11+.  Recreational Art Studio; 4959 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg;

Jazz Series: Buff Dillard Music Quartet; Sunday, May 26, 1-3pm; Buff is premier International Smooth Jazz Solo Recording Artist offering some of the best cool, smooth and inspirational jazz around the globe. He's performed as an opening act for Smooth Jazz Legends such as Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Walter Beasley, Kim Waters, Brian Simpson, Pieces Of A Dream and many more. Location: Veterans Park;

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Susan Steele, an ORFF Music Teacher at the Early Childhood Foundation of Cabarrus County, shared the story of a child in her class who transformed from withdrawn and nonverbal to sociable and involved. She credits the ORFF Music Program, which incorporates music, movement, drama and speech into lessons for children, with the change. The program is provided to the Early Childhood Foundation of Cabarrus County through a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Cabarrus Arts Council. Cabarrus Arts Council photo


Kannapolis Library: Clay Creations: Tuesday, May 28, 6:00-7:00pm; Adult - Learn to make your own no-bake air-dry clay, then mold it into something fun! Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St, Kannapolis;

Clay Creations: Tuesday, May 28, 6pm; Adult - Learn to make your own no-bake air-dry clay, then mold it into something fun! Kannapolis Library, 850 Mountain St. Kannapolis; 

Concord Library: Paint Along: Tuesday, May 28, 6:00-7:00pm; Paint along with an easy watercolor video tutorial! All painting materials will be provided. Concord Library, 27 Union Street, Concord;

Recreational Art Studio: Jewelry Stamping Workshop: Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:00pm; $30; In this workshop you will learn the basics of metal stamping and will be able to create one test item and two pieces of jewelry. Choose from aluminum bracelets, rings various styles of necklaces or a key chain. Age 13+. Recreational Art Studio; 4959 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg;

Spring Art Walk; Friday, May 31, 6  9 pm; tour The Galleries’ On Paper exhibition, then stroll downtown Concord as dozens of artists sell their works; free and open to the public; sponsored by Waste Pro; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Art on Tap’s BBQ and Beach Balls, Saturday, June 1, 6-10pm;. Young professionals, 21 or older! Join Art on Tap on the front lawn of the Cabarrus Arts Council for our summer kickoff. Enjoy craft beer from Cabarrus Brewing Company, BBQ by The Smoke Pit, music by Matt Carlson, a demonstration from woodturner Jerry Measimer and plenty of fun lawn games. Bring your kids! Art on Tap is a membership group for young professionals 21 and older. Learn more about it at on Tap’s BBQ & Beach Balls is free for members and $20 for guests. Children’s ticket: $5. Learn more on Facebook: @artontapcabarrus; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, downtown Concord;

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Members of Cox Mill High School’s Advance Dance program give an energizing performance during the Breakfast for the Arts program. Cabarrus Arts Council photo


Art Lab; Wednesday, June 12, 10 am; ; specially timed for the homeschool community, Art Lab includes a guided tour of The Galleries exhibition, On Paper, and a fun, hands-on art activity; recommended for ages 7+; $5; register at; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Focusing on the FUNdamentals of Photography – Saturday, June 15, 10 am – 5 pm; this initial dive into photography will teach how to understand light, see details, color, form, pattern, and utilize compositional and technical elements to create more intriguing and successful photographs. You will learn aperture, shutter speed, ISO, the creative purposes of focal lengths, and how to photograph in Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority and Manual Mode. Supplies: Bring your DSLR or mirrorless camera, fully charged with a memory card free of space; a notebook; Recommended for ages 12+; $130 per person; Register online:; Registration and payment required by 6/7; The Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, Concord;

Family Day; Saturday, June 22, 1 - 4 pm; make your own artwork at creation stations spread throughout The Galleries; designed for preschool through elementary school age; free and open to the public; El Puente Hispano (  is a Family Day Partner; The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St., South, Concord;

Recreational Art Studio: Cotton Blossom Canvas Painting:  Saturday, June 22, 7-10pm; $25; Need a little art therapy? We all do. Join Recreational Art Studio for this super easy and fun canvas painting. Class includes 18x22 canvas, all supplies and step by step instruction. Age 11+. Recreational Art Studio; 4959 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg;

Harrisburg Library: Baby Storytime: Thursday, July 25, 9:30-10:30am; Age zero to walking with a parent or caregiver. Songs, stories, and finger plays, followed by playtime for babies and networking for parents.  Thursdays at 9:30am; Harrisburg Library, 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg;


Activities in The Galleries; Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm during exhibitions; Art Box – Boxes full of art materials and instructions provide guided art projects for children of all ages when they visit The Galleries. The projects relate to the current exhibition, and the artwork can be made right here in The Galleries, on the front steps, or outside on the lawn. I Spy Scavenger Hunt – Get a scavenger list at the front desk, then search the art in The Galleries for everything on it. It’s a fun game for all ages, and a great way to pick up the details of artwork. Think about it – Our guided questionnaire is full of colorful pictures of artwork accompanied by conversation starters such as, "What questions would you ask this artist if he or she were here right now?" This activity is great for anyone who wants to examine artworks in a new way.

Exhibitions: Clay – Thursday, November 8 – Saturday, January 26, 2019;

Selections – Thursday, February 14 – Thursday, April 18; On Paper – Thursday, May 16 – Friday, July 26; Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street S, Concord;

Clear water artist studios: Learn the Age-Old Art of Pastels; See Website for Registration; Pastel Classes are offered by Regina Burchett on an individual or small group basis.  Classes are typically 2 hours in length, and the materials are included for the first two classes. Individual classes are $30 per two hour session; Clearwater artist studios; 223 Crowell DR NW, Concord. .

Saturday Night Dance: 7:00-10:00 pm; The second and fourth Saturday of the month there will be a live band at the Senior Center - Concord. Doors open at 6:30 pm. $6 per person at the door unless otherwise noted; 331 Corban Ave, Concord NC 28025;

Brenda’s Art Studio: Summer Art Camp; Weekly, Mon-Fri, 9:00-11:30 am; this summer camp includes multiple activities drawing, painting, pottery, sculptures, crafts.  Materials and snacks provided. Location: Brenda's Art Studio, 1211 Winecoff School Rd, Concord; Call 704-786-8570 to save your place in the camp.

Lyrics & Laughs; first & third Tuesday of each month, 1 - 2 pm; come sit around, sing your heart out and smile along the way; Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave, Concord;

Voice and Performance Lessons –teacher and professional singer/performer Daniel Truhitte, from The Sound of Music fame; available for students of all ages and skill levels; ideal for those interested in singing professionally, for school and church performances, or just for fun; for more information, email or call 704-791-9100.

Open Mic Night/Live Music – enjoy open mic night every Wednesday, and live music every Friday and Saturday at Lil’ Robert’s Place Taps, 25 Union Street South, Downtown Concord. Free.

Actors of Tomorrow – a non-profit children’s theatre organization for youth of any theatre experience, 6012 Bayfield Parkway, Ste. 370, Concord

Artist Demonstrations and Open Studios – ClearWater’s Gallery is open Wednesday –Friday, Noon-5pm, every 2nd Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm or by appointment; free and open to the public; The ClearWater Gallery, 223 Crowell Drive NW, Concord;

Creative Connections – Anew group meant to bring together all the arts and culture advocates in our community to discover who is here to work with and build our creative community in Cabarrus County; open to all artists, from belly dancers to writers, jugglers to quilters, art event organizers welcome as well; for more information about the next meeting, visit

Southern Piedmont Woodturners – 3rd Tuesday evening monthly – monthly demonstrations, Q&A Sessions, and sometimes hands-on opportunities to try new techniques; anyone interested in woodturning is welcome to visit and join; 223 Crowell St, Concord at Clearwater Artist Studios;

The Cabarrus Art Guild: Open Studio, Every Tuesday, 11am-3:30pm; Bring your project, your own supplies and join fellow artists, you don't have to be an 

Art Guild member to take part; There is no cost; Located on, 223 Crowell Dr. NW in Concord.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes The Arts and Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday.  Please use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events.  If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, please email Elisabeth Thornton at

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