About Us

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The mission of the Asheville Area Arts Council is to keep the arts at the heart of our community.

We fulfill our mission by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through advocacy, public art, and services for creatives.

More about how we support our Mission


Supporting the local creative sector, arts education, equity & inclusion, and arts & wellness


  • Data Collection, Analysis, and Reports
  • Policy Initiatives
  • Representation
  • Partnerships
  • Special Events

Public Art

Providing local residents and visitors with free, inclusive, and accessible arts experiences


  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Calls for Artists
  • Community Engagement

Services for Creatives

Helping artists and arts organizations build, grow, and sustain their businesses


  • Professional Development
  • Sector News and Reports
  • Program & Operating Grants
  • Member Event Listings
  • Calls for Artists & Job Listings
  • Arts Directory

Why is this mission important?


Drives Economic Growth & Sustainability


Creates Attachment & Cultural Identity


Creates Social Cohesion & Cultural Understanding


Supports the Contributions of our Creative Communities


Supports Public Health & Sense of Belonging