Past Grants » Cultural



Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center
Blowing Rock Community Arts Center Foundation


The Blowing Rock Community Arts Center Foundation, Inc. was formed in December 2000 by community members to promote the advancement of cultural arts and humanities in Blowing Rock and the North Carolina High Country through a regional arts center. These individuals believed the High Country critically needed a cultural arts center to make high quality arts programming accessible to a rural mountain population; to bring together diverse communities previously isolated from one another; and, to allow underserved artists and school children to interact in the kind of institution usually found in America's larger cities.


The Foundation provided the financial support needed to build the Grand Entrance of the new Arts Center.



"Sweet Solitude"    A Commissioned sculpture by Ronnie Walker         

Kay Borkowski Sculpture Garden-Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


The cast bronze sculpture was commissioned specially for the Appalachian State University's permanent collection by the Clabough Foundation.


"Sweet Solitude" depicts a young woman, sitting on the existing serpentine brick wall in the garden, with one leg dangling, playing the flute.  The Turchin Center's Kay Borkowski Sculpture Garden is home to the sculpture.  Ronny Walker, the artist, chose the flutist theme in honor of Kay Borkowski, herself a flutist.


The sculpture was installed in August 2004 and the official dedication ceremony was held in the Turchin Center Sculpture Garden at the end of the same month.

Sweet Solitude




Mountain Home Music


In 2003, the Clabough Foundation awarded a grant to Mountain Home Music, Inc. to purchase sound and recording equipment. The equipment purchased with this grant enabled Mountain Home Music to improve the sound quality for every concert and capture the audio sound track from every show. This equipment will preserve every concert in the future on CD for archival purposes.  It will also provide a source of income by making copies of CDs available for purchase by radio stations, members, or other interested persons.



Community Art in Schools

Turchin Center at ASU


In order to implement its educational program, The Turchin Center, at Appalachian State University, founded The Community Art School. The mission of the school is to make the visual arts more accessible to the greater Boone community by providing opportunities to experience the visual arts in a dynamic, meaningful and personal way. The Community Art School conducts visual arts workshops for pre-kindergarten students through grade 12, as well as adults, at-risk youth and those with disabilities.


The purpose of this program is twofold: to enrich the lives of the participants by providing experiences that are both educational and therapeutic, and to build an audience that recognizes the importance of the arts in experiencing, interpreting, understanding, recording and shaping culture.


The Clabough Foundation provided funding for an initial program at the Turchin Center’s Community Art School. “It is so important to have a local foundation that understands the diverse needs of a community and makes such an effort to support programs which make the arts available to the greater Appalachian community,” said Hank Foreman, Curator and Director of the Turchin Center at ASU.








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