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The Arts & History
                          in union county

T he arts are important to our local economy, the
        education of our students, the preservation of our
        heritage and our quality of life. Union County enjoys a
legacy built on a diverse cultural foundation. For additional
information, contact your Union County Chamber of
Commerce at 704-289-4567, www.UnionCountyCoC.com or
one of these fine organizations.

George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center          Jesse Helms Center                           Museum of the Waxhaws
Wingate University presents guest lectures,    The center highlights the life of late Sen.  Experience regional history from 1650 to
art exhibits, theatrical performances and      Jesse Helms, a native of Monroe. Education,  1900, including Andrew Jackson’s life.
music concerts and recitals by students,       citizen awareness and historical documents   Outdoor sites include a homestead,
faculty and visiting artists in the George A.  await you. Mon. through Fri. 9:00 a.m. to    blacksmith, barn, smokehouse and picnic
Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. These perfor-     5:00 p.m. Located at 3910 US Hwy. 74 East,   area. Newly opened gold panning area
mances and exhibits are open to the public     Wingate; 704-233-1776;                       for adults and children alike. Open Friday
and many are free. The Batte Center, on        www.jessehelmscenter.org.                    and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
the Wingate campus, has partnerships with      Mexico-Cardenas Museum                       Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; admission
the Union Symphony Orchestra and Union         Experience Mexican culture through folk      charge $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2
County Youth Ballet, and often collaborates    art, photos, and clothing. Learn how former  for children ages 6 to 12. Waxhaw
with performing arts and music organiza-       Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas            Amphitheatre, Waxhaw; 704-843-1832;
tions from throughout the Charlotte area.      encouraged JAARS founder Cameron             www.museumofthewaxhaws.org.
The Batte Center’s annual Performance          Townsend in his translation work of          Union County Community Arts Council
Series features nationally and internation-    minority languages. Located at JAARS, 6403   Gallery
ally renowned artists and musicians. Call      Davis Rd., Waxhaw. Free admission. Open      Downtown Monroe is enhanced by this
704-233-8300 or visit www.battecenter.org.     9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through       gallery, which features exhibits/open
Historic Union County Courthouse/Herit-        Saturday. 704-843-6045; www.jaars.org.       houses of artists and their various mediums
age Room                                       Museum of the Alphabet                       and entertainment. The Council’s mission
This 1886 Victorian Italianate building,       Where did writing begin? Who created our     is to promote the cultural arts in the Union
featured in motion pictures, now houses        alphabets? Are there languages without       County schools and through the commu-
the Heritage Room. If you are interested in    alphabets? Travel back in time to trace      nity. The Council provides grant opportu-
county history or genealogical work, this is   writing systems from the ancient world to    nities to qualifying arts organizations and
it. The Heritage Room is open Mon. through     today. Located at JAARS, 6409 Davis Rd.,     artists. 120 N. Main St., Monroe; 704-283-
Wed. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thurs.        Waxhaw. Free admission. Open 9:00 a.m.       2784; www.unionarts.org.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Located at the         to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Historical Courthouse, 300 N. Main Street,     704.843.6066; www.jaars.org.
Monroe; 704-289-6737.

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