Cultivating the Arts

Special Events

Can you hear that rumbling? It’s the Lincoln Cultural Center in conjunction with The Lincoln Theatre Guild presentation of “Thunder Over Carolina”. 

Once this Thunder rolls in there will be just 4 opportunities to see it; 7 pm on May 18th, 19th and 20th and a matinee performance at 3 pm on May 20th. Tickets are $15 Seniors/Students $10 and are available at the Lincoln Cultural Center office, at the door or by phone 704.740-8313. 

According to Cathy Davis, the Cultural Center Director, “"Thunder Over Carolina” is  a play about the Battle of Ramseur's Mill first written in 1955 and performed in Lincolnton several years. It was resurrected in the 70’s and was updated recently to be historically accurate  and emphasize the human side of the conflict by Ryan Gurganious.”

“This play will tell the stories of some of the Lincoln County families during that time. How they got to the point that they were fighting in this battle and what it did to their families. It humanizes and takes the battle to a personal perspective.” — Pete DeGregory (Lincoln Times-News)

The production is sponsored by Gilleland Development, Inc. First Federal Savings Bank, Massage Therapy by Paula Micol and Representative Jason Saine.

More information about the show can be found on the Lincoln Cultural Center page or the Thunder Over Carolina Facebook pages. 

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” John Webbe in Pennsylvania Gazette on April 1, 1736.

This event is over but james Gregory will be back again next year.

James Gregory, the funniest man in America, is coming back to the cultural center. Mr. Gregory takes the stage at 7:00. Doors open at 6:00. Tickets are $30 general admission and $50 VIP (includes a meet-and-greet). Tickekts can be purchased at the Lincoln Cultural Center or at the door.

Auditions located at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

Heafner Williams Vocal Competition

The vocal competition is held in March of each year with entries beginning to be accepted in January. Please visit  for more details. Also, both the semi-finals and finals are open to the public and free of admission. 

Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl
Friday, May 20th - 2016 Encompassing the Lincoln Cultural Center and area businesses hosting more than 50 artist of varying talents.

4th Annual Mid Year Pottery Market
Friday, July 15th from 5 pm until 9 pm and Saturday, July 16th from 9 am until 3 pm
The Lincoln Cultural Center will be filled with potters all eager to share their trade, their tradition and their techniques with you. Whether you collect Catawba Valley Pottery or have grown to appreciate the artistic or utilitarian pieces, there will surely be something you will enjoy for years to come.

2nd Annual Don Goodson Memorial Concert - July 23rd at 7 pm
"for the Love of God, Family & BLUEGRASS MUSIC" with Deeper Shade of Blue
Doors open at 6:30 pm Admission $10 Seniors/Students $8

National Day of Dance Celebration - Saturday, July 30th
Featuring a day of dancing; all kinds of dancing, music and fun.
The day will be closing with "Dancing with Our Stars for the Arts" at 7 pm pitting local "celebs" against each other in a dance competition that will raise funds for ongoing programs at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

"Puttin' on the Ritz" Silver Celebration - Saturday, September 10th
This outdoor dinner and dance will feature local quisine, music by the Frank Love Orchestra, reflections of what once was and dreams for the future. Tickets will be available beginning July 1.

4th Annual Hand Made for the Holidays
This event allows artisans and craft makers to exhibit and sell hand made items with the gift giving season in mind. It is a great opportunity to purchase a unique gift, a one of a kind, for that hard to buy for person on your shopping list.

Breakfast with Santa
This is a morning filled with holiday spirit, surprises and SANTA CLAUS! Children and their guest enjoy a pancake breakfast cooked by our team of elves, create a craft to take home, sing, play games and visit with Santa. 

Tea with Clara and a Cast of Characters

10th Annual "The Nutcracker Ballet"
The time honored tale of Clara and her Nutcracker are brought to life by local students of dance who audition, prepare and rehearse rigorously to bring a spectacular performance to the community. 

Upcoming Events
Blank Canvas Academy

Offering group and private art lessons

Drawing and Painting
Students are introduced to different techniques to help develop observational skills. Play with line, color, texture, shading and more while learning a variety of mediums including graphite pencil, charcoal, pastels, oil pastels, and painting.

Creative Exploration
Students have fun exploring different art forms. Discover the possibilities and techniques of collage, printmaking, paper-making, recycled art and more.

Always wanted to take an art class but felt intimidated? This class is for you. Each class is devoted to basic principles of drawing and painting. Come create in a relaxed atmosphere and develop your skills of observation, the foundation for art.

Class Schedule
Tuesday: Drawing and Painting 
Times : 2-3:15pm Homeschoolers
3:30-4:45pm Afterschoolers K-5th grade
5-6:15pm Afterschoolers 6th-12th grade
cost: $120 for 6 sessions or $25 individual
Thursday: Creative Exploration
Times: 2:30-3:45pm Homeschoolers
4-5:15pm Afterschoolers K-12th grade 
cost: $120 for 6 sessions or $25 individual
Saturday (1st & 3rd of the month): Fun!damentals
Times: 10am-12pm Out-of-Schoolers
cost: $75 per month or $40 per class
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Blank Canvas Academy (across the street from the Cultural Center)
107 N. Cedar St.
Lincolnton, NC




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Lincoln Cultural Center

403 E MAIN STREET • LINCOLNTON, NC • 704-732-9055 •

The Lincoln Cultural Center’s purpose is to stimulate a deeper interest in Lincoln County’s heritage, to promote the appreciation and participation in the arts, and to foster a close relationship among the member arts organizations. The Center is a 501c (3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the cultural enrichment of the citizens of Lincoln County, North Carolina.