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About the Swain Arts Center

front entrance Swain Arts Center

Our mission is to enrich our community through the arts, with a vision that everyone in our region will have access to high quality arts programming, expression and education.

As part of the Swain County Public Schools System, the Swain Arts Center has been an important part of the Bryson City community since 2000 — a destination for area artist exhibits, community concerts, visiting performer programming for students, student led programs, and community celebrations.

Joe Holt, Director


Joe Holt spent over twenty years in the film and television industry before coming to work for Swain County Schools. He is currently the Media Specialist for the Maroon Devil Network and served as the lighting director for many productions at the Swain Arts Center before accepting the director position in April of 2021. As the Swain Arts Center moves into its third decade of bringing The Arts to the citizens of Swain County, Joe Holt is excited to expand the center’s technical capabilities and hopes to grow its audience by offering many forms of performing and visual arts.

About the Facilities

The Swain Arts Center is available for use by qualified independent organizations for compatible events and activities.
For more information, Contact Joe Holt, Director.

Behind the Scenes

control room for light and sound

The Swain Arts Center is equipped to offer high quality light and sound production. The facility uses a 24 channel Soundcraft GB4 sound system. We have six wireless channels available where you may choose a combination of wireless hand held mics, lavalier mics, and Countryman over the ear mics.

An ETC 48/96 lighting control system provides many options to control over 90 lighting instruments. Video projection is also available.

The Swain Arts Center has an audio engineer and lighting director available to meet sound and lighting design needs.

large well-lighted dressing rooms

Two backstage dressing rooms are available for performers. The rooms feature lighted mirrors and space for wardrobe storage. Restrooms are located adjacent to the dressing rooms.

view of stage from auditorium

All of the Swain Art Center facilities are for rent – the auditorium, classrooms and grounds of the Swain Arts Center may be scheduled for use by government agencies, organizations and individuals, provided the activities involved are in keeping with the educational and cultural goals of Swain Arts Center and provided the activity does not compete with or hinder the educational and extra curricula activities at Swain County High School.

Since the Swain Arts Center is located on a public high school campus, the content of all visual and performing arts must be acceptable for that population.

Facility Use Application 

Artist Agreement

Facility Use Guidelines

Facility Reservation Checklist