“Our mission is to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Martin County through education, cultivation and preservation of the arts.”
Each year, the Martin County Arts Council sponsors: a school performance, a judged and juried Fine Arts Show, a judged and juried Photography Show, a children’s Summer Camp, a Christmas Market for artists and craftsmen in the region, an annual membership dinner, workshops, classes and varied musical performances throughout the year.
The Martin County Arts Council was established in 1981 by a group of citizens interested in cultivating the arts in Martin County. After meeting in libraries, rented buildings and anywhere the group could find to meet, the MCAC was gifted with the historic former Williamston Hardware in 2003 by Cooper Peel.
This 3-story building built in 1917 has a unique flat iron shape. It was partially renovated with grants from GoldenLeaf, the Canon Foundation, UPS, Cooper Peel, Martin County Government, the Town of Williamston, Williamston Downtown, the N. C. Arts Council, the Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, and the Francis Barnes Trust as well, as many local citizen donations.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
Chairman – Mary Ayers
Vice Chair – Cynthia Pointe
Secretary – Leslie Johnson
Treasurer – Cathy Critcher
Members at large – Judy Wobbleton, Amy Barsanti, Karen Hardison, Angela Bell, Rebecca Woolard, Jennifer Heath, Tyronne McClean, Princess Foster, Wanda Hardison and Sam Speller.
Executive Director: Glinda W. Fox
Administrative Assistant: Cathy C. Skinner