Community Impact Programs


Cain Center is intentional about its impact on the community. Our core values guide us in the important role of creating experiences and connections throughout the Lake Norman region. We build our programs so that they are accessible to everyone and in that way we strengthen the arts community and uphold our values each and every day.

Community Impact Proposals : Application Process

If you or an organization is interested in submitting any requests for Community Impact programming, please do so by clicking the link below.

Once a request has been submitted, it will take 2-4 weeks to hear back with a decision.

If a request has been accepted in this time frame, the Visual Arts and Education Director will reach out to go over next steps.

If a request has been denied, Cain Center for the Arts invites you to reapply in the following calendar year.

Applicants may only apply for a one time only project based program. Multi- Year partnerships with the organization as a whole are currently filled.


Arts in School 

Since 2019, Cain Center has presented annual arts education programs in local Lake Norman schools (K-12) to educate, entertain, and inspire the community of Lake Norman. These programs will send organizations like the Children’s Theater or the Charlotte Symphony, to schools to teach kids about the importance and influence of the arts.

Arts in the Community

Cain Center believes that it is important for the arts to reach everyone in the community regardless of the barriers that may be present, and so we host and partner with local nonprofits to align our arts programming with the community.


Cain Center knows that education and community are incredibly important, so we have built opportunity for scholarship for everyone interested. There are scholarships for all ages for classes and summer camps.

Community Music Lesson Program

The Community Music Program began in 2020 and offers local students ages 7-18 an opportunity for a nine-month program full of music lessons at no cost. The lessons are in voice, guitar, piano and drums; at the end of the program, the student is awarded a free instrument based on the types of lessons they have received.

More information about the Community Music Lesson Program here.

2023-2024 Application portal has ended.

We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s program.

Applications for 2024- 2025  will open on July 11th, 2024.

“The dedication and resources invested in this program are truly commendable, and I am immensely grateful for the doors it has opened for my child and the children in the community.” - Parent of Music Student

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