Keeping the Arts at the Heart of our Community

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Our Art. Our Values.

Our Art. Our Values.

On the evening of December 23rd, an unknown vandal defaced a mural of Tina Turner painted by Gus Cutty on the outside wall of Static Age- Records (110 N. Lexington Ave.). Read the arts council’s response and find out about current public art projects that champion equity and inclusion.

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2019-20 RAPG Recipients Announced

2019-20 RAPG Recipients Announced

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 grantees for the Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG), a program of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC).

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Economic Impact

Partnering with local, state, and national organizations to track the impact of the arts in Buncombe County.

The Creative Vitality Index

The Creative VitalityTM Index is a benchmarking tool that allows users to quickly compare the creative activity of a region to the U.S. average and other peer regions. The CVI measures the concentration of the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors. The resulting CVI value shows how a regions’s creative activity compares to another region.

Buncombe County

State of NC

United States

Creative Earnings

Industry earnings data is arrived at by aggregating the compensation paid for the labor of all workers in a given industry. These earnings have a big impact on our economy as workers purchase common local amenities such as mortgage, gas, and food and recirculate those dollars back into the local economy.

Up 35% from 2014 to 2017

Up 33% from 2014 to 2017

Number of Creative Jobs

Creative jobs are on the rise! This looks at the number of skilled jobs employed within the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Up 17% from 2014 to 2017

Up 16% from 2014 to 2017


Developing strong and influential relationships with community leaders and key strategic partners to enhance the Buncombe County creative sector.

Services for Arts Organization + Artists

Providing direct support to local arts organizations and artists through professional development, business services, marketing, and grants.