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Lee County Arts Council:
Who Are We and What Do We Do?

Founded in May 1978, the Lee County Arts Council (LCAC) is a non-profit subsidiary of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC), committed to fostering art appreciation and artistic expression in Lee County through public events, educational classes, and grant opportunities. As a Designated County Partner to NCAC, LCAC sub-grants state funds to a wide variety of Lee County arts organizations. Rife with master potters, painters, sculptors, photographers, poets and writers, among countless skilled craftspeople, Lee County has an established, thriving arts community. The LCAC is privileged to promote area artists and exhibit their work at our location in the Steele Street Mall at 144 S. Steele St in downtown Sanford. Our rotating shows consist of various media: from photographs to paintings, pottery to student exhibits, we showcase the breadth of Lee County’s artists.


Lee County Arts Council is a Designated County Partner.  In most counties, local arts councils have been nominated by their county government's and approved by the N.C. Arts Council as Designated County Partner's (DCPs) to manage and program Grassroots Funds.


The Grassroots Arts Programs (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities.  Actives include festivals, concerts, dance and theater productions, artist-in-schools programs, galleries, Native American powwows, art classes and African drumming circles. 

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