Cain Center for the Arts

The Cain Center for the Arts is a vision for the Lake Norman and North Mecklenburg citizens to be a hub of arts and entertainment for the region that will be housed in Cornelius. Serving as an anchor for the arts district in Old Town Cornelius, the Cain Center for the Arts will also be a place to hold community, private and civic events and will continue to boost the current creative momentum within the Lake Norman area and beyond.

The mission of the Cain Center for the Arts

is to provide exceptional visual arts, performing arts, and social experiences in the Lake Norman region.

Our vision is to empower children and adults alike to create, experience, and enjoy visual and performing arts by providing a flexible facility in our community to attract and serve a broad audience.

This vision will be a place for creativity, learning, entertainment and enjoyment.


The Cain Center for the Arts, a 501-c-3, operates as a true public-private partnership between the Town of Cornelius and the non-profit center. Executive Director Justin Dionne oversees the Center’s operations, and the strategic vision of the Center is driven by Board of Directors.

Additionally, there is an Advisory Board (non-voting) that works closely with the Board of Directors. The facility will be located in downtown Cornelius adjacent to the police station on a 1.85 acre parcel that was purchased by the Town.

Click here for information about the work we have done so far.

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