Arts & Culture

Alamance Arts

Alamance Arts is a nonprofit agency committed to shaping the cultural identity of Alamance County by making art a tangible presence in the lives of its citizens. They strive to enhance the quality of life by engaging people in a diverse array of art through the delivery of programming and education through the provision of facilities, advocacy, promotion and funding.

Alamance Arts envisions a community …

  • Where the arts flourish.

  • Where its reputation for excellence in the arts attracts visitors from across the state and beyond.

  • Where the arts are cherished as among its most valuable assets.

  • Where arts programming abounds and facilities are excellent.

  • Where every child, woman and man have the opportunity to express and enjoy themselves through the arts.

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Children’s Museum of Alamance County (CMAC)

The Children’s Museum of Alamance County (CMAC) serves future Leaders, Dreamers, Scientists, Farmers, Artists, Teachers and Helpers across the Triad and Triangle and beyond. Our museum is the place where children and adults learn about themselves, each other and their world through exploration, interaction and direct experience.

We consider the whole child with exhibits and programs that foster growth in physical, intellectual, social, emotional and interpersonal skills. Our exhibit environment is created from three strands tightly interwoven: appreciation of children’s play behavior, knowledge of how an environment can influence play and learning, and understanding of children’s development milestones.

CMAC’s mission …

  • Encourage children to exercise their curiosity, develop their imagination and discover their world through exploration.

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Graham Historical Museum

Located in the 1914 Graham Fire House, the building was used as a city hall, police and fire department, even a courtroom. Features exhibit on Graham native Jeanne Swanner Robertson and her time as Miss North Carolina, and then Miss Congeniality for the 1963 Miss America pageant.  The City’s museum established 2001 at 135 West Elm Street, received a new configuration and design uplift in 2019.  

Operational information …

  • Located upstairs above the museum are the Graham Recreation and Parks administrative offices.  The department operates the museum in conjunction with an advisory board.

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  • Take a photo with the beautifully restored 1930 Seagrave fire engine behind a set of bright red double doors
  • View intricate brass and copper machine parts on a marble tabletop
  • check out number 37, a red box once located throughout town and part of the Gamewell Fire Telegraph system is now mounted on the back wall of the museum
  • Visit Fridays & Saturdays 10a – 2p

Summer Concert Series

Thursdays at Seven, can you hear you music?  This concert series needs no introduction.  It has been a staple summer concert series in downtown graham for over a decade.  Make plans to be downtown Graham for the concert series May – September on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9p!

2020 Thursdays at 7 concert line-up …

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  • Follow the concert Facebook events to be sure not to miss your favorite band.

Explore Art in Graham

Art exploration and activities in Graham are an excellent way to feel Graham’s love.   Strike a pose, hunt for Artie the mouse, and discover the Art Park!  Learn more about a them or idea as you look at the murals in downtown.  See how you relate to the content.  Strike a pose while viewing your favorite mural click, tag, and upload to your social media platform.  Stop in at Alamance Arts to pick up an Artie the Mouse scavenger hunt brochure.  Next, start your course in pursuit of locating the eleven bronze mice, created by Ed Walker with Carolina Bronze Sculpture.  Your art experience continues as your path crosses the grounds behind Alamance Arts and the Graham Public Library.  Here you will find a pocket park filled with interactive sculpture.  Picnic, play, and engage at The Fountain of Youth, a gift from Burlington’s sister city, Soledad, Mexico. The artist designed benches and hand-painted sidewalks transform you to place of discovery and imagination. 

Artie the mouse locations …

  •  Alamance Arts

  • Graham Municipal Building

  • Bank of America building

  • Alamance County courthouse

  • Graham Cinema

  • Sesquicentennial Gardens

  • Graham Historical Museum

  • Graham Fire Department

  • Graham Police Department

  • Graham Public Library

  • Children’s Museum of Alamance County

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Graham invites you to come explore pocket parks, view public art, play at the Alamance County Children’s Museum, and connect how arts and culture illuminates your inner self and enriches your emotional world.

Come cherish what we cherish, Alamance Arts, Downtown Murals, and our historic buildings.  See how the arts and culture in our community has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and well being, society and education.

We recognize this impact and share these opportunities with you.  We think of arts and culture for what they are; a strategic natural resource.

The value of arts and culture in our community enriches the lives of all who experience, interact, and connect with them.