Stecoah Gallery's online store. Kay Harvey and Connie Sutter photograph one of the many hand-crafted items that are now available on the Gallery's new online store. Look for many more items coming soon at StecoahGallery.com.
Stecoah Play Park. Over a year ago, the Center received donations from local residents, Christy & Kyle Norcross, Nancy & Ted Norcross, Nina & John Crisp and local business, Crisp & Crisp to purchase new playground equipment. After several discussions about the playground, a committee was formed and we decided what we really wanted and needed was a park in Stecoah to serve the northern part of Graham County.
From these meetings, other partners have joined including GREAT (Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team), The Graham County Women's Club and Graham County Government's Recreation Department.
The playgound equipment has been ordered, dangerous white pines have been removed to protect the safety of the park and plans are now underway for new picnic tables, grills, a shuffleboard court and a half basketball court. Stay tuned to find out how you can help make the Stecoah Play Park a reality.
Blue Ridge Music Trails Includes Stecoah Valley Center — A new mountain music guidebook and companion website promotes the rich traditional music heritage in Western North Carolina, including the programs you enjoy at Stecoah Valley Center. Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a cooperative project of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council. You’ll find Stecoah Valley Center on page 216.
In the guidebook, noted folklorist Fred C. Fussell puts readers on the trail to discover the many sites in western North Carolina where this unique musical legacy thrives. Organized by region and county, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina welcomes readers into the rich worlds of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and string band music, as well as clogging, flatfooting, and other forms of traditional dance.
The book features a CD with 26 songs by musicians profiled in the book, historic recordings of the region's most influential musicians spanning nine decades — available for the first time here — and songs based on true stories of love, crime, and tragedy set in the North Carolina mountains. The $20 book with CD is now available at the Stecoah Artisans Gallery; and can be purchased online at the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website.
Stecoah has received a $100,000 grant for the Outdoor Cherokee Art Project. The one-time Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant for the Arts will fund an arts-based exhibit that authentically represents the seven clans of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).
The Courtyard project will provide awareness of the EBCI’s role in the Stecoah community and experiential learning opportunities for students and visitors in the area. The Courtyard of the Cherokee Project is part of a long-term plan to enhance the Center’s ten-acre property.
“We are extremely excited and humbled to be selected to receive the Joy W. Pope grant in the arts,” said Executive Director, Beth Fields. “It is also a great honor to be the only project selected of the many worthy projects submitted statewide to the Foundation. “The Courtyard of the Cherokee project will authentically represent the Tribe’s seven clans through exhibit panels, native plantings, wind sculptures and original artwork made by members of the EBCI reflecting the arts and culture of the Tribe.”
Each year, WCU bestows Mountain Heritage Awards on one individual and one organization in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the preservation or interpretation of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia, or for outstanding contributions to research on, or interpretation of, Southern Appalachian issues. Read more
NC Arts Council Will Match Donations for Scotch-Irish Exhibit – The North Carolina Arts Council, which provided initial funding for the research and development of the Scotch-Irish exhibit, is now matching funds for the printing, mounting and placement of the exhibit. Funding for this exhibit is being generated by pow-er2give, an online marketplace designed to connect you to specific arts and cultural projects in need of funding. To make a donation please visit Power2give.org or call the Center for more information.
NEA Gives $10,000 to The Center For Concert Series – December 1, 2012 - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 An Appalachian Evening Concert Series.
Stecoah Valley Center Featured on WLOS-TV's 'Road Trippin' — Asheville's WLOS-TV Channel 13, recently featured Stecoah Valley Center and four other Graham County locations in its morning 'Road Trippin' segment. If you missed it on TV, the segment will be available online at WLOS.com for a full year.
A Conversation With Lynn Shields
Angie Newsome, Editor of the Carolina Public Press, writes of her conversation with retired Stecoah Valley Center Director Lynn Shields.
Appalachian Musician Classes, Theatre Program and Summer Camp Highlight 2014 After School Program. The 21st CCLC-funded After School Program at Stecoah has been very busy with a new theatre program, Appalachian Musicians kids classes, STEM activities and tutoring. Students have been rehersing for their roles in "A Possum's Tail" which will be presented on May 13th at 5:00pm in conjuction with the final Appalachian Musicians recital.
Plans are already underway for summer camp which will include field trips, arts classes and outdoor activities. Summer camp is limited to 25 students; click here for a registration form.
Stecoah Trail is Now Paved – The 1/3 mile trail at Stecoah is now paved, completely handicap accessible and open to all thanks to the good work of HMC Paving and the support of GREAT (Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team), Graham County Step Up Diabetes Coalition, Marshall University, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. 11/12.
Stories of Mountain Folk – On Saturday, April 7, 2012, SVC Executive Director Beth Fields appeared on the Internet radio program, Stories of Mountain Folk, presented by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
UNC-TV has featured Stecoah's An Appalachian Evening on its "North Carolina Weekend" show. Deborah Holt Noel and her crew came out for dinner and a show featuring Balsam Range. (view the segment).
Reba Louanne Jenkins from the Textile Studio appeared on the November 18 Craft Corner on WLOS-TV (Asheville). She demonstrated how to make an easy quilt pillow.
WDEF-TV in Cleveland, Tennessee interviewed Jim Rogers about Stecoah's programs.
WNC Magazine featured our culinary workshops calling them "a memorable experience pairing food, friends and instruction." Read more