Our Mission and
Vision Statements

The mission of the Cain Center for the Arts is to provide exceptional visual arts, performing arts, and social experiences in the Lake Norman region.

Our vision is to empower children and adults alike to create, experience, and enjoy visual and performing arts by providing a flexible facility in our community to attract and serve a broad audience.

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This Center will be the centerpiece for the growing arts district in downtown Cornelius, also known as Old Town Cornelius. We are excited to create a cultural hub for residents of the Lake Norman and community and all of North Carolina to enjoy. It will be a place for creativity, learning, entertainment and enjoyment.

The Cain Center for the Arts, a 501-c-3, operates as a true public-private partnership between the Town of Cornelius and the non-profit center. Executive Director Justin Dionne oversees the Center’s operations, and the strategic vision of the Center is driven by Board of Directors.

Additionally, there is an Advisory Board (non-voting) that works closely with the Board of Directors. The facility will be located in downtown Cornelius adjacent to the police station on a 1.85 acre parcel that was purchased by the Town.

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A Place to Inspire & Unite


The Cain Center for the Arts was established in 2017 to lead and manage the vision, mission, and establishment of a new community arts center to serve the Lake Norman and North Mecklenburg region.

Our Team



Justin A. Dionne | Executive Director
Anita Overcash | Administrative Assistant

Advisory Board

Michael A. Archer
Julie Anna Kaufman
Douglas Marion
Scott Miner
Marisa Pascucci
Scott Rothenberg
David Stockwell
Chris Teague
Bill Ward
Allison Wilhelm

Board of Directors

Greg Wessling | Chair
Pat Bechdol | Vice Chair
Troy Stafford | Treasurer
Carroll Gray | Secretary
Denis Bilodeau
Steve Brumm
Cynthia Bush
Jim Duke
Kate Gaither
Ginger Griffin
Donna Johnson
Caroline Mullan
Paul Newton
Doug Singleton
Janice Travis
Woody Washam