The Burke Arts Council seeks to enrich the quality of life in Burke County through the arts. Founded in 1977, the Burke Arts Council eventually moved into the old jailhouse on the edge of downtown Morganton and opened the Jail House Gallery of the Burke Arts Council.
After forty-four years, the organization outgrew that space and purchased an old farm supply store for renovation. The new home of the Burke Arts Council at 506 S. Sterling Street is set to open in the Fall of 2021. This space is much larger than the previous home and with it comes a larger vision of what the Burke Arts Council will mean to the community including improved gallery spaces, studio spaces, classroom space, a children’s theatre, artist-in-residence programs, and expansive opportunities for artists including educational services tailored to artists’ needs in today’s economy.
The Arts Council coordinates arts activities in the community and serves as an information and resource center for the arts. In addition to its regular Third Thursday Art Crawls and Studio Tours, the Council works with other Morganton organizations to host popular events, including the Oyster Outing every October. Art Classes and workshops are available for children and adults with topics tailored to meet the unique needs of our craft artists in today’s economy. The Council also recruits incredible artists and art teachers from across Western North Carolina to work with children at an annual summer camp.
For hours, events, and other news, go to the website.