Special Recurring Events:


Color Ball

Everybody loves a party, especially one filled to overflowing with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, and amazing art & music! The 2015 Onyx Ball was a rousing Halloween success!

Next Occurring: September 9, 2017

A Great Costume Party!

Overflowing with Creativity!

All in the Name of the Arts!


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Creative Sector Summit

Our annual Creative Sector Summit’s goal is to create an ever more vibrant quality of life in Buncombe County by bringing together the creative sector and its partners for the realization of collaborative opportunities in community and economic development.

Next Occurring: April 21, 2017

Creative Problem Solving

Cross-Pollination of Leaders

Galvanizing our Resources


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Upcoming Events:


The Big Crafty

We are stoked to announce that we will be sponsoring The Big Crafty in partnership with the City of Asheville this December! Stop by our booth to learn more about the AAAC and the resources we offer to the community.   This event is generously spo …

December 2nd - December 3rd, 2017

Business Support for the Creative Entrepreneur

Business Support for the Creative Entrepreneur Presented in collaboration with the Western Women’s Business Center Led by Jen Aly, M.S. Monday, December 4 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm – in one hour, one-on-one time slots FREE, reservations required for your time s …

December 4th @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

North Pole on the South Slope Holiday Market

The Refinery Creator Space and Open Hearts Art Center are hosting an open studio sale with beautifully crafted gifts from the artists of both buildings. Buy local, enjoy live music, and partake in libations!

December 9th @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Business Support for the Creative Entrepreneur

Presented in collaboration with the Western Women’s Business Center Led by Jen Aly, M.S. Monday, January 8 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm – in one hour, one-on-one time slots FREE, reservations required for your time slot To register: jhanks@carolinasmallbusiness.or …

January 8th @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tax and Bookkeeping Workshop for Artists and Musicians

Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaboration with the AAAC and A …

January 9th @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm