FirstARTS was established in 2008 as an outreach to the Salisbury community and beyond, hosting many notable artists and ensembles from across the United States. As part of its ongoing mission, FirstARTS also includes an annual Concert for Community Collaboration which raises awareness and funding for local, community-driven, non-profit organizations. This annual endeavor has collectively raised over $150,000 for these noble causes.
Previous concerts have benefited: Kiser Hospice House, Food for Thought, Inc., Rowan Care Alliance (AIDS Care Service), Family Crisis Council, One Church One Child, and Rowan Helping Ministries. In May 2019, FirstARTS honored the tremendous work of MEALS ON WHEELS OF ROWAN, as its beneficiary. More information about this organization can be found here: www.mowrowan.org