FirstARTS was established in 2008 as an outreach to the Salisbury community. Since that time, this series has hosted 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 for a local non-profit organization. Previous concerts have benefited Glenn Kiser Hospice House, Food for Thought, Inc., Rowan Care Alliance (AIDS Care Service), Family Crisis Council, Rowan County's One Church One Child and Rowan Helping Ministries. This annual event has collectively raised over $100,000 for these important causes.
This year's beneficiary was Rowan Helping Ministries. On Sunday, May 20 at 5pm, Matthew Michael Brown joined members of the North Carolina and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras in a performance of music by William Harris, Vivaldi, Rheinberger, Duruflé, Grandjanay, and Widor.
Through the faithful generosity of the First Church congregation, all concerts are free and open to the public.