A Call to All Asheville Artists!

The Creative Sector Summit is quickly approaching and we wanted to let all the artists know which programs they might be interested in. This year’s theme is the “importance of arts education to workforce development and the economy”. To clarify, arts education is for ALL AGES, not just the youth, and we have made sure that there are plenty of activities and talks that artists and creative entrepreneurs would benefit from.

The full schedule of programming can be found here. And please feel free to spread the word and invite your friends via Facebook.

Saturday, April 9th – Asheville Art Museum

Upper Eastwing | Sol Lewitt Gallery

12pm: City of Asheville’s Arts Programs

Presented By: Brenda Mills, MBA, Community & Economic Development Specialist, City of Asheville

Brenda Mills with the City of Asheville will break down the City’s 1% for Art and Calls for Artists, as well as upcoming projects.

3pm: The Business of Art Panel

A panel discussion with local training and educational facilities that work directly with artists in supporting the growth of their business. Participants include Mountain Bizworks and Birds Eye Business Planning, Goodwill Career Center, AB Tech, JB Media Group, Shelter Design Studio, and the Asheville Area Arts Council.


Upper Eastwing | Classroom

1pm: Access to Lending: Speed Dating for Artists and Small Businesses
*Limited Seating Available

A presentation and small group mentoring event with Mountain Bizworks and Natural Capital Investment Fund’s Business Loan Program (NCIF) to learn about the variety of lending organizations and opportunities available for artists. This session will also give individuals the chance to meet with representatives from those organizations to ask individual questions that can help your business grow to the next level. Bring your business plan, or questions about lending and walk away more prepared to help your business grow!


Upper Eastwing | Art PLAYce

11am-4pm: AMPlification Lounge

Presented By: Asheville Music Professionals

Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) will be offering free coffee and light snacks in the lounge accompanied by music from Drew Heller, Justin Perkins, Adama Dembele, and Joe Presti.

Upper Eastwing | Film Room

11am-4pm: IamAVL Film Lounge

Presented By: IamAVL

IamAVL will be sharing their Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Music Reel in the film room, along with a 20th anniversary video of A+ Schools.

Upper Eastwing

4pm-5pm: Networking Event

Please join the Asheville Area Arts Council in capping our 2-day intensive Summit with an informal networking event. Join us at this unique social gathering for professionals. Enjoy a musical performance by local group West End Trio accompanied by drinks and snacks.