Arts & Culture

As the home of more than 8,700 residents, Siler City is Chatham County’s largest municipality and industrial epicenter. Siler City is home to the Central Carolina Business Campus, as well as a thriving art scene, including the North Carolina Arts Incubator and monthly 3rd Friday Art walks.

Pittsboro welcomes creative innovators with its small town appeal, entrepreneurial spirit, and openness to new ideas.  Located only 20 minutes from UNC- Chapel HillDuke University, and the Research Triangle Park, Pittsboro offers proximity to leaders in the world’s top industrial and educational institutions within Chatham County’s tranquil rural atmosphere.

Chatham County's smaller communities, including Goldston, Moncure, Silk Hope, Bear Creek and Bonlee, offer both residential and commercial opportunities in an open, inviting rural setting. 

Chatham County's reputation as a creative community is due in large part to the presence of numerous artists in the region, including potters, painters, blacksmiths, glassblowers, fiber artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers, and writers.  The arts community continues to grow through the efforts of individuals and organizations.

A strong musical heritage is supported by The Grassroots Festival at Shakori Hills, a four-day festival bringing together bluegrass musicians; festival participants also have access to local crafts and food and a sustainability fair. Live music can also be found at a number of venues across Chatham County during the summer.  Bynum Front Porch, 3rd Fridays in Siler City, and several restaurants host local musicians playing an eclectic mixture of bluegrass, jazz, and other popular music.

Dairy and beef cattle farms are responsible for the preservation of open space in Chatham’s rural community; as the leading producer of poultry in North Carolina, Chatham County’s agricultural sector provides a source of economic development for farming and non-farming families alike. Events like Silk Hope’s Old Fashioned Farmer Days provide an important cultural link to Chatham County’s agricultural past and connect new and old residents to Chatham County’s charming rural character.  Chatham County is also home to two wineries.

Chatham County is also gaining a reputation as an epicenter of innovative and sustainable agricultural practices as home to one of North Carolina’s only Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agents, as well as the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, which offers organic certification services and runs a bi-annual tour of local sustainable farms. The Rural Advancement Foundation International and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy are also headquartered in Chatham County, where they provide hands-on expertise in diversifying agricultural operations for environmental and economic sustainability.
 
Value-added small businesses, sustainable local farms, and multi-generational family farms form an evolving agricultural sector that contributes to Chatham County’s reputation as a center of innovation and creativity.