State of the Arts Brunch at The Orange Peel

This year’s State of the Arts Brunch is generously hosted by The Orange Peel. At this sit down event, arts advocates will learn about the state of the local creative sector, learn from City and County leaders about what local government is doing to support the arts, be the first to hear about some exciting changes coming to the Asheville Area Arts Council, and see the presentation of the 2022 John Cram Arts Leadership Award. Tickets are just $45.

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This year’s John Cram Arts Leadership Award (aka The Crammy) will be presented to longtime local arts advocate John Ellis.

Sponsored by Blue Spiral 1, this award is named after local entrepreneur and philanthropist John Cram, who passed away in 2020. The Crammy seeks to honor individuals who have made a large contribution to the arts in Buncombe County.


John Ellis


Support Asheville’s thriving arts culture!

As Buncombe County’s #1 arts advocate, we’re putting arts issues front and center this election season. Join this fall for the Arts AVL Town Hall Candidate Forum events where you can meet your candidates and get real answers on arts issues, so you can vote with confidence. Just ahead of the November election, you can celebrate Asheville’s creative side at the State of the Arts Brunch. Finally, in February, get to know your newly elected officials at the Arts AVL Town Hall Meet & Greet.

Jessica Tomasin

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