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The Second Annual Gala for the Arts: May 31, 2019
The Fourth Annual Hickory Playground: July 27, 2019

Tickets to the Fourth Annual Hickory Playground


Learn more about our annual gala and annual festival here.

The Hickory Playground, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit arts advocacy organization. Created in April 2016 by three nineteen-year-old Hickory residents, the organization was founded due to the need for arts activism in Western North Carolina. The Hickory Playground creates a platform for up-and-coming artists by producing a visual arts gala at the opening of every summer and a forty-eight hour play festival at the close of every summer. The monies raised are utilized to support arts education in the arts departments of public schools in Catawba County, North Carolina. The Hickory Playground seeks to act as a model and blueprint for arts activism in communities around the state, nation, and world.

Read more about what the Hickory Playground stands for here.



“a unique and inventive way to bring together creative people to support arts education in our community… As an arts educator, I am truly moved by the fiscal assistance the Playground provides to arts education programs throughout our community…”
— Sally Ross, Orchestra Teacher, Northview Middle School
(Hickory Public Schools) 

“The funding helps us continue our civic engagement and creative arts work… We have won national awards and the Hickory Playground gives us the resources to continue bettering our communities.
— Molly Rice, Theater Teacher, Saint Stephen’s High School
(Catawba County Schools)

“This organization is a blessing… The founders really care about education in our schools… My students are thankful for the organization and it is great to know that someone outside of the four walls of our school cares about them and their theatrical experiences… I hope that they can continue to help many schools in our area.”
— Alison Andrews, Theater Teacher, Bandys High School
(Catawba County Schools)

“What you hear on the street is true… This is just one more way our community is ‘well-crafted.’”
— Dr. Steven Clarke, Choral Director, Hickory High School
(Hickory Public Schools)

2019 Executive Producers



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