|The Asheville Area Arts Council in partnership with the River Arts District Business Association is proud to serve as the fiscal sponsor of the One Neighborhood Project! The One Neighborhood Project brings young people from surrounding neighborhoods of Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) into the RAD artist studios for a variety of arts and cultural learning experiences.
The program is offered at no cost to participants, and provides creative opportunities that are fresh, exciting, and engaging in ways that go far beyond conventional in-school learning experiences.
Participants in the One Neighborhood program enjoy visiting with a variety of artists in their unique, culturally rich environments and learning their craft and techniques. The learning is experiential and hands-on with an emphasis on process, rather than product, allowing the participants to engage deeply in an artistic medium of their choice. The series of sessions are led by professional artists in small groups or one-on-one, with each session lasting 1-2 hours.
The Cultural Resources Asset Inventory is the first step towards a comprehensive county-wide Cultural Plan.
The Asheville Area Arts Council in partnership with the NC REAL Institute, HandMade in America, and The Support Center’s Women’s Business Center of Western NC is offering an entrepreneurship training course for craft artists in Buncombe County.
The course will utilize NC Real’s unique teaching methods, Action Learning, and student generated collaboration specific for engaging creative individuals. The learning experience involves activities with movement, brainstorming, team building, collaboration, quick timelines, problem solving, and perspective shifting.
This 8-week course guides the participant through the process of business planning and covering the essentials of the craft artisan’s business model. Participants emerge from the 8-week course with a business plan tailored for the economic success of their creative product, and will receive one free hour of technical assistance from the Asheville Area Arts Council and participating partners. The Support Center’s Women’s Business Center of Western NC is partnering on this event and will provide resources and technical assistance as needed.