The Center's many programs are funded in part by grants, foundations, and private donations. Private donations allow for flexibility in future program planning, renovations, and basic operating expenses. The Center benefits most from your valuable unrestricted donation, which can be used for general operating expenses and growth opportunities.

We gratefully accept gifts of cash, appreciated stock or other investment assets. Your tax deductible contribution provides much needed assistance for the maintenance and preservation of the historic property as well as the important arts, education and community service programs at Stecoah.

Stock Transfer information is available here (downloadable pdf) or by calling Melinda DeHart 828-479-3364. Melinda will be glad to discuss bequest, planned giving, or other types of donations with you as well.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.


Would you like to help …to become a part of this historical community project? Well, now you can!

Your tax-deductible donation to our annual General Fund campaign will help meet the on-going costs of operations and help assure the continuation of the important programs at the Center.

Your support to help defray these general costs is greatly needed and very much appreciated… won’t you help the Center today?

Donations may be made by check or credit card.

Friend $25.00
Supporter $100.00
Bronze $500.00
Silver $1,000.00
Gold $5,000.00 and up

Lynn L. Shields Legacy Fund
Lynn Shields, who has been the driving force behind the Center since its beginning, retired at the end of February, 2011. You may contribute to this fund to honor Lynn's vision of preserving mountain traditions for generations to come.

NC Arts Council Will Match Donations for Scotch-Irish Exhibit

The North Carolina Arts Council, which provided initial funding for the research and development of the Scotch-Irish exhibit, is now matching funds for the printing, mounting and placement of the exhibit. Funding for this exhibit is being generated by pow-er2give, an online marketplace designed to connect you to specific arts and cultural projects in need of funding. To make a donation please visit or call the Center for more information.


In addition to the General Fund campaign, the Center has many other special financial needs and opportunities for your support. Please call the Center at 828-479-3364 or come by to discuss how you might help.

Special Concerts & Events
An Appalachian Evening summer concert series, Ramp Concert and the Harvest Festival & Antique Tractor Show.

On-going Programs
Appalachian Musicians Program, 21st Century Scholars funded after-school program and the Textile Studio.

Building Renovations
National Register of Historic Places & the Building / Gymnasium Renovation Fund.


We have many volunteer opportunities here at Stecoah - everything from Cafe service and festivals to maintenance and office work. Stecoah Valley Center Volunteer Opportunities. (pdf)