who we are


he Union County Community Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead, cultivate, and promote the arts as an essential component of community life and education. We believe that by creating and supporting opportunities for Union County residents to create, perform, or attend arts activities, we are enhancing the education and quality of life aspects of our community members.

Meet Those Behind Our Mission

  • Melanie Miller
    Melanie Miller Executive Director

Julie Rushing

Administrative Assistant

Our Mission

The mission of the Union County Community Arts Council began in 1980 by four area businessmen; John Ashcraft, Jim Barnett, Koy Dawkins, and Ben Helms, for the purpose of creating an organization whose mission would enhance the quality of life in Union County.  This mission continues today by serving the people of Union County, promoting the arts as an essential component of community life.  The council’s roots included the Union County Playmakers and the first annual Blooming Arts Festival in downtown Monroe.  Since incorporation, the Union County Community Arts Council has with worked with thousands of volunteers who continue to believe in the cultural arts programs and services to the council.

  • increasing the participation in and the awareness and appreciation of the arts
  • to serve as a cultural planner and resource agency for the citizens of Union County
  • developing programming and services to meet the needs of our community
  • providing financial assistance to non-profit arts organizations and individuals and encourage arts in Union County

Board Of Directors

Michelle Lancaster, President
Julia’s Community

Derek Skinner, President Elect
Huntington National Bank

Matthew Stewart, Treasurer
J.P. Morgan Chase

Ron Hinson, Secretary
Hinson Electric

Amy Jackson, Past President
Development Professional

Dr. Paul D’Amico
Atrium Health

Ernest Collins
Community Volunteer

Julie Helms
Helms Heating & Air

Phillip Faust
Union County Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Price

Candice Sturdivant
Community Volunteer

Martha Wegner
Duke Energy

Jenna Westbrook
ALS Association

Ex-officio Board Of Directors

Patrick Niland
Union County Government

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