What is the Arts Commission?

The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government. The Arts Commission is a division under Orange County Economic Development.

The Arts Commission works to develop the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, & Hillsborough. Created in 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission's 15-member citizen Advisory Board meets the 2nd Monday each month (except for July) from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Citizen Advisory Board

Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Commission Board consists of 15 Orange County citizens over age 18 who help to steer the Commission's future & provide suggestions to the Board of County Commissioners on arts & culture issues.

For information on volunteering for the Arts Commission board, visit the Advisory Boards & Commissions section of the Orange County website where you can fill out an online Volunteer Application, or request an application from the Clerk's Office at 919/245-2125.

Photo of Michael J. Brown Mural by Laura Shmania
Mural by Michael Brown, Chapel Hill, NC


To promote & strengthen the artistic & cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina

131 West Margaret Lane
Alternate Post: P.O. Box 1177
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919/968-2011
FAX: 919/644-3008
e-mail: arts@co.orange.nc.us

Open: 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
Closed: Orange County holidays

Martha Shannon

Tina Love
Administrative Assistant
Our Role

Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding & support for a broad range of high quality arts programs.

Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) & approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines.

The Arts Commission also awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs & serves as an arts information clearinghouse.

Updated May, 2015