Successful Gala Exposes Artists Creativity

The Hickory Playground held its second annual gala in late May, sponsored by the gracious hosts Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz at their hip art studio in downtown Hickory.

The Gala is a celebration of art, and much more of a friend-raiser then a fundraiser.  Nevertheless, our generous sponsors once again stepped up to help us out.  Highland Avenue provided a sumptuous assortment of hors de vors, and wine was graciously donated by Fanjoy-Labrenz.  Eight visual artists sold extraordinary works of original art, with 30% of proceeds going to the Hickory Playground.

 About a dozen talented performers from Hickory, New York and Los Angeles sang vocal works –some original, some showtunes and some standards to an appreciative audience of more than 100 people.  The next gala is intended for late May 2020.

Please Welcome Our Board of Directors

Since 2016, the Hickory Playground’s goal has been to foster creativity and the love of art in Hickory, North Carolina. Thus far, we have done this by facilitating the creation of sixteen original short plays and by giving $13,000 to the arts departments of area public schools. In order to even better serve this community, we have filed for 501(c)3 status; we are pleased to announce that we have reached an important milestone in achieving that goal: the Hickory Playground now has an official Board of Directors.

2016 Transparency Report

The Hickory Playground is a pending 501c3 non-profit charity company dedicated to championing the arts throughout the North Carolina community generally and the Hickory community specifically. We believe that transparency is an integral component of any charity: we are a company whose first priority is the community, and members of the community ought to be able to know exactly how the money they give to the Hickory Playground is being spent. Thus, the Hickory Playground is happy to present its financial transparency report for the 2016 season.