Youth Arts Programs

ACMC believes that a bright future lies in the hearts and minds of our young people and supporting arts programs will ensure that our children have the best possible conditions for a bright future!  ACMC’s Youth Programs consist of a series of cultural enrichment programs for all young people of Moore County. Activities range from art workshops to children’s theatre productions; from professional shows to summer arts events.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency

Once a year, the Arts Council of Moore County brings in the Missoula Children’s Theatre to present a free week-long residency, with the goal to develop life-skills in our children through participation in the performing arts. This unique week-long residency begins with an open group audition and culminates in two public performances.  Over 55 students in grades K-8 are cast and rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform as an ensemble in producing a full-length musical. All shows are original adaptations of children’s stories and fairy tales—a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. MCT arrives in town with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting—everything it takes to put on a play . . . except the cast.  Learn more about MCT.

The next MCT show will be Jack and the Beanstalk. All students must have a completed registration form in order to audition.  Save time at registration by bringing a completed form with you:  Download form for here

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 3:45-5:45 pm
[NOTE: You must be present for the full 2 hours)
Penick Village (500 E. Rhode Island Ave. So. Pines)
See map to the right.

September 16-18, 2019 at 3:45-8 pm at Penick Village
September 19-21, 2019 at 3:45-8 pm at the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad ST., Southern Pines

Friday, September 20 at 7 pm & Saturday, September 21 at 11:00am
Sunrise Theater

Performing Arts in Moore Schools (PAMS) Program

Since 1981, the Arts Council of Moore County and Moore County Schools have presented the Performing Arts in Moore Schools (PAMS) Program, with the goal to give every Moore County student a positive experience with a professional performing artist.  This partnership has brought such outstanding artists to all students in the Moore County Schools, such as hip-hop group The Beast, comedic storyteller Bill Lepp, NC Youth Tap Ensemble, The African American Dance Ensemble, and Hobey Ford Puppets, just to name a few.  Each program has been carefully selected for quality, grade appropriateness and curriculum basis. Artists interested in applying to be a part of our PAMS program should apply in the spring for the following school year. Please contact our Youth Program Director for more information.

Young People’s Fine Arts Festival

The Young People’s Fine Arts Festival is an annual art competition presented by the Arts Council of Moore County.  Moore County’s public, private, charter, and home schools in grades K through 12 submit their students’ work to be displayed at Campbell House Galleries, just like professional artists.  Students’ artwork is judged and their awards are given out at a special reception and awards ceremony.   Learn more about Young People’s Fine Arts Festival.

Songwriting Class with Abigail Dowd
For kids ages 8-13

Students will begin with a 60-minute nature walk to learn about the longleaf pine forest, led by a Weymouth Woods park ranger.  They will use what they have observed to create songs led by professional songwriter, Abigail Dowd.

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Campbell House
  • 482 E. Connecticut Ave. Southern Pines

Cost: ACMC Members = $25 / Non-Members = $30.  Pre-registration and payment is required.  To sign-up, please call 910-692-2787.  If you have any questions, contact Kate Curtin at

For additional information on our youth programs, contact our Youth Program Director, Kate Curtin, at 910-692-ARTS (2787) or via Email.