Buy-the-Farm Commemoration Celebration

Please join us during the Spring Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival on Saturday, May 7th, 1:30pm at the brand new “Buy-the-Farm Donor Bridge!” This commemoration celebration honors those who contributed to the land purchase down payment.


View from the Bridge, March 2016

In 2010, Shakori Hills and the GrassRoots Festival launched the Buy-the-Farm campaign to initiate the non-profits’ purchase of the 72-acres known as Shakori Hills. Over the next three years, community members and festival-goers contributed the $75,000 needed to make the purchase! The property was secured through a community-owned mortgage (read more HERE) in late 2013, and now it’s time to honor all those who made it happen!

In keeping with our promise, we will unveil an installation naming everyone who made a contribution, no matter how small or large, and shared their name. The land purchase bridged the path into Shakori Hills’ next chapter –  so we felt it only fitting that the folks who made it happen should be part of the most popular bridge at Shakori Hills! Please meet us there to celebrate!

Shakori Hills on UNC-TV!


Photo by E. Larson

We’re so excited that the NC Channel of UNC-TV will be airing the Shakori Hills Concert Series on Saturdays at 8pm starting April 2! Tune in til it’s time for the real thing…

Shakori Hills: Why It Matters…

Roots in the Schools


We’ll be continuing and expanding this program of bringing musicians, artists and dancers into local schools to help supplement the curriculum. If you are a teacher, parent or school administrator interested in bringing this program to your school, get in touch at

 Community Garden

Want to grow your own food but don’t have the space or time commitment for your own garden? Community garden workers get a share of everything harvested and excess is donated to the CORA Food Pantry. You can contribute as much or as little as meets your schedule and energy level. Everyone is welcome to participate in the garden, from the early planning stages like deciding what crops to grow, ordering seeds and tilling the ground to planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. No previous gardening experience is necessary.

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

The garden occupies approximately 8800 square feet, with three crop rotation areas to keep the harvest on a year-round cycle. The project is coordinated by Cheryl McNeill, an instructor with CCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We also offer garden tours and workshops at no cost to local schools and community groups. If you’d like to get involved, or are interested in a garden workshop, drop us a line at or call the office at 919-542-1746.

Your contributions will help us reach our vision of giving back to our community by making the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center a place for everyone to enjoy now and for decades to come! Click here to make a donation.

Thank you for all your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Slideshow Photo Credits: Todd E. Gaul, Kevin James, Paul Kerr, Matthew Coburn, Allison Springer, Sara Waters, Dwayne Ritchie

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