The Surry Arts Council in Mount Airy seeks to provide high-quality visual arts, performing arts, historical, and craft experiences for members of the Surry County community and guests from all over. Multiple venues allow the Surry Arts Council to offer a wide and unique range of experiences to visitors. The Surry County Basket Makers host an open meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. Frequently, ten to fifteen makers gather there to weave multiple styles of baskets, most often with reed.
The Surry Arts Council shares the life and legacy of Mount Airy native Andy Griffith. Mayberry, the fictional setting of The Andy Griffith Show, was based on Mount Airy, and today the town fully embraces the connection. Mayberry Days take place each September with a full list of events related to the show and its characters. The Andy Griffith Museum is home to exhibits about Andy Griffith’s life and career.
With admission to the museum guests also get access to the Betty Lynn Exhibit, the Siamese Twins Exhibit, and the Historic Earle Theatre, a prominent venue for another enduring legacy of the Surry County area: old-time music. Many of the seminal musicians that helped to establish the Round Peak style of music lived and played in Surry County including Tommy Jarrell, 1982 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow. The Earle Theatre (built in 1938) is home to the weekly live radio broadcast, the WPAQ Merry-Go-Round and the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall, an interactive, educational museum that brings to life artifacts and exhibits relating to the lives of prominent old-time musicians and dancers, past and present. During the first weekend of June each year at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention, the Surry Arts Council holds special workshops and demonstrations that celebrate local musical heritage. A summer concert series is hosted in the Blackmon Amphitheatre, and music and art classes for all ages are held throughout the year.
Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm