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:


Pottery for Veterans

Fridays, September 22 – December 15 (no session on November 24) 1:00 – 4:00 pm Odyssey ClayWorks FREE to Veterans living in Buncombe County   Instructor: Gabriel Kline, Director of Odyssey ClayWorks, and Micah Thanhauser, artist To register:  Sign …

September 22nd - December 15th, 2017

North Carolina Ceramics Arts Festival

Join us on September 23, 2017 for the first annual North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival! In partnership with the City of Asheville, the AAAC is proud to sponsor this inaugural event.  The festival will be held from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  in French Broad R …

September 23rd @ 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sundays Live @ Aloft Concert Series

With the best rooftop venue in town, Aloft Asheville Downtown is hosting live performance featuring entertainment from The Caribbean Cowboys. The event is open to the public and a suggested $5 donation will benefit the Asheville Area Arts Council.

September 24th @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Contemporary Embroidery Workshop with Sarah K. Benning

Abandon your embroidery expectations and embrace freestyle stitching and experimentation during a hands-on Contemporary Embroidery workshop with fiber artist Sarah K. Benning. In this 4-hour session Sarah will help you prep your hoop and fabric, transf …

October 22nd @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm