About the Hickory Playground

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.

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 Second Annual Hickory Playground Gala for the Arts
May 31, 6:30pm,
Fanjoy-Labrenz Studio
215 1st Ave SW, Hickory, North Carolina 28602

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!

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.