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NC CARES Grant helps North Carolina Music Hall of Fame keep the music going

NC CARES Grant helps North Carolina Music Hall of Fame keep the music going

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Hall of Fame inductions

Postponed last spring because of the pandemic, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2020 inductees will share the honors with the 2021 inductees during a celebration, hopefully this fall. “We wanted to be fair to the 2020 inductees,” said NCMHF Executive Director Veronica Cordle. “To give them that beautiful red carpet ceremony that they deserve and that the public can attend and enjoy, just like all of their fellow inductees have gotten.”

North Carolina is brimming with soul and blues and bluegrass and gospel. It's fertile ground for all kinds of musical artists and producers who've made it big – both in record sales and in contributions to their musical genres.

Most years, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame shines a spotlight on a new set of inductees –North Carolina's musical movers and shakers deserving of a red carpet celebration. But the COVID pandemic pressed pause on not only the festivities, but the NCMGF as well.

"It's had a big impact on us," said the organization's executive director, Veronica Cordle. "We actually had to close the museum for about seven months."

Thankfully, the organization was eligible for a NC CARES Grant.

The NC CARES Grant is a one-time grant from the North Carolina Arts Council designed to help prevent non-profit organizations, like the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, from shuttering their doors during the pandemic. They're made possible thanks to the support of North Carolina state legislators. The Cabarrus Arts Council allocates the funds in Cabarrus County, and awarded the NCMHF a $51,876 grant for current and future operating costs.

"It’s been incredibly important. Actually vital," said Cordle, of the funds. "The impact (of the COVID pandemic) is going to last for the next year and coming years."

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The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council Gift Shop – Support local artists and the arts council by purchasing handcrafted works from The Galleries Gift Shop. Purchase online and then choose a time to pick up curbside at the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union Street South, Downtown Concord.

Brenda’s Art Lab: Children’s 6 week Afternoon Art Class: Select days 4:30-6:30 p.m.; $150; This 6 week children and teen art class includes drawing, painting, pottery, and sculpture. Classes meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. One day per week, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for 6 weeks. For more information call 704-786-8570.

Pottery lessons – Learn to throw a bowl, tumbler or vase on a potter’s wheel. Lessons adapted for Kindergarten - Adult; Class size: individual, or groups up to four. Sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient days/times. Visit or for details; Lin Barnhardt Studio, Mt. Pleasant.

Paint Your Hearts Out: Kids Day - Every Tuesday from 12-6 p.m.; 10% off for kids 12 and under. Pricing depends on canvas size. Times: 12-2:30 p.m. or 3-6 p.m; call 704-312-2699 to reserve your spot; for more information visit 543 Winecoff School Rd, Concord.

Art Studio Kannapolis: Kids Workshop: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Children ages 5-12 will make arts and crafts. Space is limited to 15 children. Each child is required to wear a mask and gloves will be provided. $25. Private parties and crafting sessions available on Saturdays. Registration email; 812 North Main Street, Kannapolis.

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame: Open by appointment: The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum is a safe, fun, and touch-free visit for your friends & family! The Museum is open to the public by appointment Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch. Reserve your visit at Make A Reservation - North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame; 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis.


We’re Sew Creative: Bernina Guide Class 2 Stitch Fun: Thursday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; This class will cover the various stitch options of your new BERNINA. Must have taken BERNINA Guide Class 1 prior to BERNINA Guide Class 2. Free for those who are new owners of Bernina machines purchased at We're Sew Creative. We’re Sew Creative 8637 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord;

Virtual Exhibition: Fresh Works – Thursday, March 18 – Saturday, June 5, 2021; an exhibition of early career artists and Artisans. Sponsored by the Hilliard Family Foundation. Details to come.

Cabarrus County Public Library: Roots Write Time: Thursday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; This narrative writing group will inspire you to turn the facts of your family history into meaningful stories. Register by March 17 to receive the Microsoft Teams meeting link.

Jody and Joanna & Co. at The Wine Room: Saturday, March 20, 8 – 11 p.m.; Free; Enjoy drinks and the music of Jody and Joanna & Co. at the Wine Room in Afton Village; 5401 Village Drive at Afton Village, Concord, 28025;


Kids' Writing Workshop: Monday, March 22, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Ages 7-12 Bring out the creative writer in you with story starters, prompts, and games! Register to receive a link to the workshop, which is held on Microsoft Teams.

Writer’s Workshop with Tracy Deonn: Friday, March 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Ages 12 – 18. Tracy Deonn, winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent, and author of the New York Time's best seller Legendborn, presents a one hour virtual writing workshop on Microsoft Teams. Register by Thursday March 25th to receive the meeting link. Registration Required. Space is limited. Library System - Writer’s Workshop with Tracy Deonn (

Call for Artists: Cabarrus Art Guild’s Annual Spring Judged Art Show 2021 – Local artists from Cabarrus and surrounding counties are invited to submit their works Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 9, noon. You needn’t be a a member of the Cabarrus Art Guild to submit; For guidelines, visit; The show exhibition will be virtual; show’s opening: April 18.


We’re So Creative: Kimberbell Summer Nights - Virtual Event: Friday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Join We’re Sew Creative for a Kimberbell’s one-day machine embroidery event. We’re Sew Creative 8637 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord; Kimberbell Summer Nights - Virtual Event | Facebook

We’re Sew Creative: Learn To Make A T-Shirt Quilt: Tuesday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Have you always wanted to make a t-shirt quilt? Now is your opportunity. Join Laura in making a unique gift for yourself or others. This class will introduce you to the technique of making t-shirt quilts. You will learn how to prep the t-shirts, plan a layout, and start sewing. Start collecting your t-shirts now. You should have a minimum of 20 shirts, more depending on the size of the finished quilt. 8637 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord; Learn To Make A T-Shirt Quilt | Facebook

Virtual Art Show by PALEFACE: Monday, June 21, 8:05 p.m.; Join Paleface for a Virtual Art Show.

The Cabarrus Arts Council contributes the Arts & Entertainment column, which highlights the arts in Cabarrus County, to the Independent Tribune each Wednesday. Use the contact information provided to confirm the details of events. If you would like your arts information to be considered for inclusion, email Elisabeth Thornton at

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