About the Hickory Playground

The Hickory Playground is an arts advocacy non-profit with a mission to invest in the artists of tomorrow by offering financial support to arts departments in public education.  It has sustained itself for 3 consecutive years and has earned a coveted 501 (C) (3) status.  Since its inception in 2016, it has granted more than $25,000 to 13 different public schools.  All grants are directly reinvested back into arts programs to lift the diverse voices of the artists, leaders, and activists of tomorrow.

The organization was founded to promote art activism and awareness, initially in Catawba County, and to be a national blueprint to promote the arts in public schools in communities around the country.

We advocate for students in public education, often victimized by budget cuts, by providing independent earmarked funding for arts in our schools.  We provide a platform to emerging artists by producing an annual forty-eight-hour play festival as well as a visual arts gala featuring artists of all disciplines.  The HPG is a safe place for artists of all disciplines and experience levels to thrive.  We create opportunities so that anyone can be an artist, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other societal barrier.

Conceived by Hickory natives, Dylan Tashjian, Robert Fuller, and Jordan Makant, the organization is designed to be sustainable.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Hickory Playground, Inc. is to invest in the artists of Western North Carolina by raising and distributing financial support to arts departments in public schools in Catawba County. We do this by producing an annual forty-eight hour play festival, as well as an arts gala featuring visual artists of all disciplines.

The vision of the Hickory Playground, Inc. is to engage our community by facilitating the creation of new art, supporting new artists, and raising financial support for arts education in Catawba County. Ultimately, the Hickory Playground seeks to act as a model and blueprint for arts activism in communities around the state, nation, and world.

upcoming events

The Fourth Annual Hickory Playground Festival
July 27th, 7pm,
SALT Block's Drendel Auditorium
243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory NC, 28601

Please check out previous Hickory Playground performances on our YouTube channel!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8OxIHsnG3R66h_HrTk0fAQ

Morgan Honeycutt (artist and designer of the Hickory Playground logo) at the Gala for the Arts, June 2nd, 2018.

Morgan Honeycutt (artist and designer of the Hickory Playground logo) at the Gala for the Arts, June 2nd, 2018.