The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a vital contributor to the preservation of the Appalachian mountain heritage of Western North Carolina.Throughout the year, they celebrate mountain traditions through their music programs, old-time festivals, workshops and other events that appeal to all age groups. The Center's contributions to the continuation and appreciation of state folklife have been recognized with a Community Traditions Award given by the North Carolina Folklore Society.
The Stecoah Artisans Gallery offers a unique opportunity to buy original artwork as well as the fine crafts that have made North Carolina famous. There is a wide variety of traditional and contemporary works: paintings, pottery, weaving, wood-turned items, glass works, photography, note cards, jewelry, soaps, quilts, books and much more.
The Center’s stage has been graced with top bluegrass performers like Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Chet Atkins, Bonnie Lou and Buster, Archie Campbell, Carl Story, Elmer Jethro, Martha Carson and the Brewster Brothers.
All of western North Carolina was once within the Cherokee homeland, including Stecoah or little place. Today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation. Its people live on the Qualla Boundary, a small portion of their original homeland. While most of their 57,000 acres is located in and around the town of Cherokee, tribal lands also include the Snowbird Community in Graham County.