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NC Arts Incubator
223 N Chatham Avenue
Siler City, North Carolina 27344
The Heart of Downtown
The North Carolina Arts Incubator is located in several buildings nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Siler City. The Incubator has pioneered the revitalization of downtown with our Courtyard and the Rotary Stage, retail and exhibition galleries, artist studios, and anchor businesses including Courtyard Coffee and Soda Cafe and the renown Terry McInturff Guitar studio! Our studios are the creative home for dozens of artists working in a variety of media from paint to pottery to glass to fiber.
We are open to the public Monday – Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Closed most holidays so our volunteers can celebrate!
Mail – NC Arts Incubator, P.O. Box 643, Siler City, NC 27344
Phone – Gallery (volunteers), Administration (Monday,Tuesday-Thursday and Friday 1oam – 2pm) 919-663-1335
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are located a comfortable driving distance from the Triangle, Triad or Southern Pines, just minutes off Hwy. 64 and 421. From Highway 64 take either Raleigh or Third Street to N Chatham Avenue. Parking is available in our lot on Third Street or along N Chatham Avenue. We will be waiting! Groups are welcomed. Call ahead for a tour. Location and directions.
NC Arts Incubator | 223 North Chatham Avenue | Siler City, North Carolina 27344 | 919.663.1335 | Email
To create a self-sustaining arts community dedicated to providing new and emerging artists with rental spaces to create art, to have access to shared resources and to be exposed to ongoing support and training opportunities; and to partnering with others for the purpose of incubating artists in the pursuit and development of viable businesses, and promote economic development in historic downtown Siler City, NC.
Board of Directors
Nicholas Dakas Co-Chair
Larry Cooper Co-Chair
Wren Farrah Secretary
Zoann Adams Treasurer
Denis De St Aubin
DeeDee Brown Interim Director
A Bit of History
The idea for an Arts Incubator started with a visionary Small Business Development Center Director from the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). Inspired by the success of the business incubator in Dunn on the CCCC campus and recognizing the wealth of creative talent in Chatham County, Leon Tongret and equally visionary Siler City business persons including Joel Hunnicutt and Denis de St Aubin, recognized an opportunity to revitalize downtown Siler City.
The many historic, but vacant, buildings forming the core of downtown Siler City was a perfect location for this new effort. As discussions progressed, it became clear that Chatham County had a wealth of artists, many of whom were struggling as small business people. An Arts Incubator could provide low rent studio space, business assistance, and an inspired, cohesive environment for artists as they worked to develop professionally. From this concept a strong thriving arts community was born.
A non-profit corporation was formed in 2002 and then in 2004 the first downtown property was acquired. The original home for the new incubator was created at 138 North Chatham Avenue. That building was shared by individual artists and the new ceramics program at CCCC. As the ceramics program increased in popularity, the individual incubator artists were relocated to 223 N Chatham Avenue where a second building had been purchased. A generous grant from the NC Rural Center, administered by the Town of Siler City, refurbished 223 into the facility it is today. Funds from the Siler City Rotary Club enabled the construction of the Rotary Stage in the courtyard that was developed at the corner with Second Street. The Incubator’s headquarters is now this central block in downtown.
In addition to renting studio spaces to individual artists, the Incubator artists and volunteers run a retail gallery featuring the work of Incubator artists. The PAF Gallery was endowed in the memory of Peggy Ann Fullington, a renown Siler City artist. It is staffed by Incubator artists who volunteer and are able to use the space for retail sales. This gallery serves as inspiration for everyone with opportunities to meet artists who are pushing the limits of creativity and materials.
Downtown Siler City now boasts a range of unique galleries opened by artists lured by the creative community the Incubator was developing or by artists who have “hatched” from the Incubator over time. Stop in for a map and visit them all!