Cable Hayward Area Arts Council

A non-profit, artistic community in the Wisconsin northwoods


CHARAC (pronounced chair-ack), was formed in 1996 by a group of artists and individuals interested in promoting the arts in our region. Its genesis came from the Chequamegon Fine Arts Festival that had been held at Telemark beginning in 1992. CHARAC produced its first newsletter in 1997 and began seeking memberships to the arts council in 1998 in order to provide support to local and aspiring artists. Beginning in 1999, the council began awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors; sponsored its very first art exhibit at Northwoods Health Center; held the first Namekagon Art and Music Festival in Seeley, and the First Annual Dinner. From 2000 to the present, CHARAC has sponsored art events and activities by Northwoods Strings; 2nd Sunday Poets; WOJB concerts; Chequamegon Children’s Theater; Serendipity Players; and of course, the Park Theater Project.

CHARAC continues to provide scholarships through the local high schools; Emerging Artists Grants; grants for education/workshops; and Professional Artist Grants. See details about these grant awards and scholarships under Resource Information on this website. In 2012, CHARAC was able to provide grants of $1,000 each to the four high schools in our covered area:  Winter, LCO, Drummond and Hayward High Schools were able to continue some programs and develop new ones with the influx of dollars we provided.

The Park Theater Project is the most challenging project taken on by CHARAC. The theater for the Performing Arts in Hayward continues to grow and function with the help of a long list of volunteers led by Barbara Bolitho. You can go to for news and performance listings. The lobby has been refurbished with new carpeting, new paint, and is ready to greet you as you enter for a play, a concert, a comedy show, a special film presentation, as well as training seminars and other special events. There are more renovations to be undertaken so keep watching!

CHARAC also sponsors exhibits at the Weiss Library, the Northwoods Clinic; Sunday Salons (an intimate art experience on Sunday afternoons at the homes of art patrons), and a growing list of art events and activities. On the agenda for the new board are program goals that work to provide creative community projects that promote arts education and community arts development in our region.  Our region covers the population areas from Grandview in the north over to Barnes; down to Wascott through Minong to Spooner; and back east through Stone lake, and Couderay to Winter. We intend to work toward inclusion of art and art patrons from those areas by reaching out with programs and invitations to join us.

Artist Exhibits: A rotating public exhibit of local area artist’s works is displayed at the Northwoods Community Health center and the Weiss Public Library in Hayward.  For exhibit information or if you are interested in being part of our exhibits, please call Carol Anderson at 715-638-2529.

We Have Proudly Supported:

Northwood’s String Program Theater Connections Lips Productions
Blue Moon Art Tour Chequamegon Children’s Theater Second Sunday Poets
WOJB Community Radio Theater in the Woods American Indian Art  & Craft Festival
 Serendipity Productions