SHAKORI HILLS COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER INC

Building community through arts and education.

aka Shakori Hills   |   Pittsboro, NC   |  www.shakorihills.org

Mission

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center’s mission is to provide diverse, culturally significant arts, music and sustainability education and inclusive outreach to our local community and schools, while preserving the greenspace of its 72-acre Chatham County homestead. Our tagline is: Building community through music, arts and education.

Ruling year info

2011

Board President

Ms. Carol Woodell

Founder

Mr. Jordan Puryear

Main address

1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd

Pittsboro, NC 27312 USA

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Formerly known as

Shakori Hills, Inc.

EIN

27-1626381

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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As an outdoor venue, we can be at the mercy of the elements. Rain is often the culprit, but hurricanes as well.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is a collaboration between the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center and the GrassRoots Festival Organization, providing a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and education. The festival happens bi-annually in spring and fall, lasts four days, with four stages and over 50 bands. There are three children's areas, including a successful older child/teen area that focuses on celebration of young musicians and education. The event is run almost entirely by volunteer staff; anyone wishing to attend the event may volunteer in exchange for their ticket. Along with musical performances, there are also workshops throughout the weekend in instrument instruction, earth skills, environmental sustainability practices, organic gardening, visual arts and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This three-day annual event brings musicians, dancers and music-lovers together in celebration of North Carolina's traditional music. Everyone can participate in instrument and band contests, square dances, music workshops and a hoppin' john cook-off. The convention helps keep traditional music and culture alive by passing it through the generations. It is the only event of its kind in the Piedmont region. Anyone wishing to volunteer may work for their admission and camping.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Roots in the Schools aims to inspire elementary - high school students through exposing them to local and global music. Public schools in Chatham, Orange and Durham Counties in North Carolina have benefited from the program in which artists, musicians, and dancers are welcomed into a school to provide music education ranging from small class workshops to whole school concerts. At a time when music and art departments are being cut from schools, this program continues to fill an important need for our young community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The garden occupies approximately 8800 square feet, with three crop rotation areas to keep the harvest on a year-round cycle. The project is coordinated by an instructor with Central Carolina Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the entirely of the growing process, from the early planning stages like deciding what crops to grow, ordering seeds and tilling the ground to planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. No previous gardening experience is necessary.

Garden workers get a share of everything harvested.
Excess produce is sold at the local farmers' market and/or donated to the CORA Food Pantry. In 2016, this garden donated over 300 pounds of produce, including squash, green beans, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, okra, peppers, melons and tomatoes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Finding Your Voice is a six-week session offered two-three times per year. Students meet with a local singer and voice teacher once a week to improve their singing voices, get over "stage fright" and learn the basics techniques of vocalization through song.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Free workshops open to the public in organic gardening, earth skills (basket making, ecology walks, friction fire), yoga and musical topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians. JAM provides instrument loans and low to no-cost music lessons for children in traditional string band instruments, with the goal of teaching students to play together as a band. We currently serve four western Chatham County schools, enrolling students grades 4 - 8.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Raising a multi-use building (dance hall/classroom space/indoor concert venue) and establishing a Folk Arts School at Shakori Hills by expanding our partnerships with local artists’, crafters’ guild, and the larger community.

Every year we try to earmark funds, beyond our operating expenses, to raise a down payment towards our goal. Once this down payment is raised, we will develop and carry out a capital fundraising campaign. We learned a lot when we raised funds for our down payment on our mortgage. With the help of countless contributors our down payment goal of $75,000 was reached in 2013 after a three-year campaign.. The land purchase is particularly significant in terms of community-building because of how it is funded–a bank was never approached. Once the down payment was raised the founder of Slow Money NC assembled a group of more than 30 individual lenders to cover the remaining $620,000. This group of lenders acts as a bank for this “community mortgage,” being repaid at a competitive interest rate over ten years. Slow Money NC is a possibility for securing funding for a multi-use building after we raise our down payment.

Shakori Hills has a vibe like no other place. SHCAC and our events are a “collective experience” for all that come. One on the unique qualities of SHCAC is the 72-acres of open, rolling hills--and at the core of our mission statement is to preserve it. It is a place where everyone can enjoy nature, take strolls on beautiful trails, have family afternoons in the sun and enjoy art, music, family, life and all it has to offer. The community has embraced Shakori Hills as a vibrant gathering place.

Our site is one of our greatest assets, but the shared experiences of people who come out are even more so. For many children and adults, it is a feeling of being “home,” accepted, and in love with life--which makes them want to come back and bring their friends. We’ve all heard from our friends, “what took me so long to get here?” Shakori Hills has evolved over the years to be a very valuable asset to the people of North Carolina and it is available for use in multiple ways both publicly and privately. Throughout the years we have steered away from “VIP-type” ticketing events to foster inclusiveness. We strive to create a nurturing environment for all.

Its not just our organization, it's the community we serve that gives us the capability to do this.

With acquisition of the land, our mission quickly evolved into an arts center and offers year-round, though modest, music, educational and community activities, both on-site and via outreach programs, outside of our four standing events. The 2017 installment of a 10-stall permanent restroom building allows us to meet county requirements for year-round operation and expansion of activities on-site. We have built strong relationships with other area nonprofits and educational groups and try to support their growth through their use of the property and infrastructure.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SHAKORI HILLS COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Carol Woodell

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, Inc

Term: 2013 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Jim Graves

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center

Term: 2015 - 2019

Carol Woodell

RTI International

Clarissa Farrell

GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Jordan Puryear

GrassRoots Festival Organization

Andrew Branan

Branan Law Firm, PLLC

Jim Graves

David Weekly Homes

Darrell Foushee

Retired Federal Aviation Administration

Charly Lowry

Band Leader & Musician with Dark Water Rising

Susan Reinecke

Center for Creative Leadership

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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