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Cultural Center

One of the hidden gems of the Matthews Alive Festival is contained within the Matthews Community Center which, for the duration of the festival, officially becomes the Matthews Alive Cultural Center. Much more than just air-conditioning, the Cultural Center has many great offerings, making it worth your time to come inside!

The Matthews Artist Guild:
The Matthews Artist Guild (MAG) offers a juried gallery display of artwork by local artists. The artwork ranges in medium, including watercolor, acrylics, oil, and more.  This show has continued to grow over the years and features pieces for sale. There are always some amazing works of art in this show and they were created by folks right here in Matthews!

Dreamweavers of Matthews:
The Dreamweavers of Matthews introduced the latest element into the festival just a few years ago, and since then, it has almost doubled in size. This new addition showcases the incredible skill and mastery that goes into basket weaving. These works of art are so much more than just another basket. Some have function, some just incredible form, some tell a story, and all are simply incredible to behold. You have to come on in and see this show to believe it!

Matthews Alive Quilt Show:
The Matthews Alive Quilt Display has become one of the most popular events of the festival. Each year, there are over 50 quilts displayed. The original vision of this show was to provide an avenue for local quilters of all levels to display their quilts in a protected environment. The show now inspires and educates people about quilting as an art. Each year, festival-goers are given the opportunity to vote on their favorite quilt for a Viewer’s Choice Award. You will be moved by some of these amazing works of handcrafted art!MAQuiltPhoto

Quilt Show Entry Form 2017

Charlotte Woodworkers:
The Charlotte Woodworkers Association promotes excellence in woodworking through instruction and development of individual skills. Their display in the Cultural Center includes beautiful furniture, household items, and decor. Come fill out a ballot for your favorites, win a prize, and try woodworking tools yourself!

Charlotte Woodcarvers:
The Charlotte Woodcarvers joined the festival in 2014, and have brought another wonderful example of intricate woodcarving skill to Matthews Alive. Their display includes incredibly intricate carvings, figurines, characters, animals, trolls, and more! Check them out, and learn more about the annual Charlotte Showcase of Woodcarvings competition!

Indoor Cultural Stage Entertainment                                                                                                          Please don’t forget to check out the great cultural entertainment on the stage throughout the weekend! That schedule can be found on our Entertainment Page »

Looking for more information about the Cultural Center Activities?


Colten Marble
Cultural Recreation Manager – Town of Matthews