Infrastructure & Community
Over the last ten years we have built much of the infrastructure needed to support and sustain a community arts center.
There is a permanent stage, a well-kept barn, campgrounds, the Nonagon, ticket booth, security booth, parking gate booth, three concession stands, nice gravel roads, a shower house (men’s and women’s), a general store, and drinking water faucets throughout the property. Men’s and women’s permanent bathrooms were completed in 2017.
Events at Shakori Hills have ranged from Girl Scout and Boy Scout camp-outs to weddings and annual music festivals. The grounds have hosted fundraisers for local schools, camping space for college students attending an energy summit at UNC Chapel Hill, and adventure races.
Shakori Hills hosts the bi-annual GrassRoots Festival, as well as annual events such as the Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention, Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, and The Big What.
NC Stars in the Round, Sylvan Esso, the Wild Goose Festival and Furry Friends Festival have also been held on the property.
SHCAC produced events are almost entirely run by volunteers. Volunteerism creates a unique opportunity for everyone to work together and to participate in hands-on activities, learn new skills and meet new people. This involvement and participation by many folks has made Shakori Hills a valuable resource for building community.
Shakori Hills has built strong relationships with other area nonprofits like the Haw River Assembly, Chatham County JAM, the Abundance Foundation and CORA Food Pantry. We provide large tents and performance infrastructure for these groups to hold annual fundraisers. Our community garden also donates hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic produce to CORA each year.
Mountain Aid, created by Mike O’Connell of Haw River Films, was hosted by Shakori Hills in June 2009. After releasing his documentary film Mountain Top Removal in 2007, Mike coordinated the concert event to help create a clean energy future for North Carolina and beyond. Mountain Aid helped generate awareness of mountain top removal, mobilize support against it, and raised money for the successful Pennies of Promise campaign to build a new school for the children of Marsh Fork Elementary located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Until moving to the newly built school in 2011, the children attending Marsh Fork Elementary were threatened daily by a 2.8 billion gallon coal sludge impoundment in the hills above them.
The Arts Center continues to be a sought-after site for community gatherings, festivals, and private events.