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Miss Clayton High School
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm

Four contestants will vie for the title of Miss Clayton High School 2019 during the 56th annual Miss CHS Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 23, at 7 PM at The Clayton Center.

Riley Barnes, Amelia Black, Mary-Grayce Narron and Hailey Stephens will participate in the pageant. The theme this year is “Boogie Nights.”

Tickets for the event are $10 and are available through The Clayton Center Box Office, located at 111 E. 2nd Street in advance or at the door beginning at 6 PM.

Storyteller Donna Washington – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center’s livestream programming branches out in July with a performance by Durham-based master storyteller Donna Washington.

Her one-woman show, Chairs in the Trees, recounts Washington’s experiences as a black performer touring across the country during the Obama presidency and her encounters with people who believed that they know better than her what it means to be black in America.

The livestream, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 PM on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page. The show is appropriate for middle school and high school students. Parents are encouraged to watch along with their teens and to engage their students in a dialogue about Washington’s fascinating, funny and thought provoking content.

Washington is an internationally known, multiple award-winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist and author. She has been entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics and deep characterizations for more than 30 years.

She is renowned for her storytelling for both children and adults. Her 11 storytelling CDs have garnered 28 national awards, and she has authored numerous articles about storytelling and education including her very popular blog Language, Literacy & Storytelling. She is also the author of four children’s books: Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, A Pride of African Tales, The Story of Kwanzaa, and A Big Spooky House.

Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.
Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.
Love between family, friends, and lovers.
Broken love, silly love, healing love.

It’s all in here. The Declaration of Love Project.

2020 Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and colleague Aurelia Belfield of Artist Soapbox commissioned 11 North Carolina playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

Though the resulting original pieces span the gamut in style, setting, and content, they all spark emotions and unleash imagination through story and sound.

Recorded remotely by local actors, the finished, sound designed scenes will be released to the public in podcast form later this year. But Tamara will present six of the 11 audio pieces in a special appearance on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.

This special event, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, will feature the following scenes:

Love is All I Know (Robin Carmon Marshall) and Happy Anniversary (Lakeisha Coffey), performed live by actors Lakeisha Coffey and Thaddaeus Edwards.

Video performances of Game On (Tamara Kissane) and Constellation (Aurelia Belfield) by actors Aurelia Belfield, Kyma Lassiter, AhDream Smith, and Lamont Reed.

Audio performances of Always (Thaddaeus Edwards) and The Gifts We Leave (Michael Ivory) by Trevor Johnson and Sai Graham and Yolanda Rabun (the same Yolanda Rabun who performed on our livestream with her band back in August).

During the event Tamara and Aurelia, co-producers and directors of the scenes, will discuss the project and their love for the audio drama art form.

AARON HAMM & THE BIG RIVER BAND – Livestream Virtual Concert
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This Live Stream Concert will be broadcast on Facebook, as well as The Clayton Center’s YouTube channel at the following link:


In March of 2020, we started our weekly Live Stream Concert Series with Aaron Hamm. Now he returns one year later as we continue to bring these virtual concerts straight into your living room.