Founded in 1972 by the late Mr. James Walker, the Iredell Arts Council is a non-profit arts organization serving the residents, artists and arts organizations of Iredell County, NC. The organization serves as an extension of the NC Arts Council as their Designated County Partner for Iredell County; funded through individual and corporate donations, grants, and the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts program.
The Iredell Arts Council is housed in the Old Jail building in Downtown Statesville in the center of Iredell County. Iredell County is positioned between the mountain and piedmont region of North Carolina, north of Charlotte and west of Winston-Salem. Surrounded by creeks and rolling topography, the Brushy Mountains extend into the northwest corner, and the nation’s largest manmade lake, Lake Norman, occupies the southwest corner with over 520 miles of shore line. The name Iredell originates from the word “eyredale” meaning “a valley of flowing air.” Each of the different sections of Iredell County is diverse, displaying rich traditions in music and craft heritage to the north, and historic downtown charm with contemporary art to the south.
board of directors
The Board of Directors is comprised of community members who volunteer their time and expertise, working alongside the Executive Director to manage and grow the organization, securing a strong fiscal future in order to continue fulfilling our mission of advancing the arts in Iredell County.
our mission & vision
Our Mission: To initiate, support and advance the arts and cultural activities in Iredell County
Our Vision: To make a noticeable impact, through the arts, on the quality of life and the creative economy in the surrounding communities
The Iredell Arts Council exists to provide a center for the arts in Iredell County, helping to create a richer fabric of the arts woven into our communities, schools, and citizenship.
We believe that art makes life better because individuals can be moved and uplifted by art, spreading their positive reaction across the community, and creating a better place to live.
The IAC is committed to making the arts in Iredell County accessible to everyone and representative of our diverse population. We believe that the arts can be the key to an engaged and prosperous county. Not only is Iredell a “valley of flowing air” but a “valley of flowing art”; changing lives and shaping communities as it travels.
Our Working Values: The Iredell Arts Council, the Executive Director, Board of Directors and volunteers work together to serve the mission in a respectful and positive manner, reflecting our core values and maintaining diversity in our programming and support.