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.


Cain Center’s Visual Art and Education Director Simone El Bey has curated a special exhibit showcasing local artists that we have come to love as an organization.  This hand-selected group of artists share more than a love for visual arts with our team. These artists believe in our mission, and, more importantly, our commitment to the community. 

This exhibit includes artwork from various mediums, with each artist supporting Cain Center for the Arts with their submission. The Director’s Choice Exhibit celebrates Cain Center’s Community Impact Programs, and 50% of the proceeds made from the exhibit will support the continuation and expansion of these initiatives. The other 50% will go to the exhibiting artists in support of our local visual arts community.

Please join us for a free reception on February 2 from 6:30-8:30pm at Cain Center for the Arts to celebrate this exciting project. There will also be a special free Artist Talk on February 23 which will allow the public a chance to hear from several of the exhibit’s featured artists.   


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. 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 created scholarship opportunities to ensure access.  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.

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