Grant Opportunities

Asheville Art in the Park Grant

The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community.

Enhancing Public Spaces

Highlighting Local Artists

Displaying Excellence In Design


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Grassroots Arts Program Grant

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils.

For Local Arts Organizations

For Community Impact

Increasing Arts Programming


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Professional Development Grant

Professional Development Grants for Artists offer support to individual artists to attend area organization’s programming that expands their knowledge of sound business practices. Applicants must apply for an opportunity that specifically benefits the business management of the artist.

For Individual Buncombe Artists

For Professional Development

Buncombe County Courses


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Regional Artist Project Grant

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is awarded annually to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists by funding a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms. The Regional Artist Project Grants range from $400 – $1,200.

For Individual Regional Artists

Furthers an Artist's Career

Equipment or an Experience


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Kids Tixx

The Kids Tixx program provides access to wonderful arts & culture experiences not always in the budget for some of Buncombe County’s families, while also supporting our local arts presenters! Kids Tixx provides free admission for one child and one adult to local arts and cultural events, exhibits, and more. To be able to share this opportunity with as many children as possible the AAAC will give one opportunity per child per quarter.

The Asheville Area Arts Council believes that creative experiences are vitally important to quality of life, and inspire and bring joy to young hearts. Cultural experiences also bring families closer together, and provide moments that become meaningful memories. For some, the Kids Tixx program may be one of the few art related experiences that a child will have all year. We appreciate our donors, who are willing to reach out and nurture joy in our community in this way, while also supporting our worthy arts presenters.

Upcoming Arts and Cultural Events:

Hood Tours – “Art Driving Social Change”

HoodTours_LOGO-2History. Art. Poetry. Music. Community green spaces. Vivid voices. Grassroots initiatives. The past, present, and future of African-Americans in Asheville is a story of resilience. Learn about this powerful story on Hood Tours. Explore Asheville’s historically African- American neighborhoods with artist, poet and visionary DeWayne Barton. Hood Tours is an intimate, interactive experience that is guaranteed to leave you looking at this mountain town with new eyes.

The Little Red Riding Hood Show

Friday April 7 at 7pm and Sat April 8 at 1pm

*meant to be enjoyed by everyone 5 and older

Take one girl, equipped with a basket of goodies. Add one Grandmother, sick in bed. Combine with one Wolf, lurking mischievously. Toss in one skeptical Mother, and let simmer for one hour. Russell Davis stirs the ingredients of this well-loved tale in new postmodern directions, concocting a sly and spicy story that delights children and adults right down to the last surprising bite, addressing social media as the modern day “wolf in the woods.”

LEAF festival

LEAFWebsiteBannerSpring17-300x133May 13th, 2017
Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Ages 10-17. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to check in and while on property!
No overnight camping

For 22 years, each May & October an intergenerational family of 12,000 people join together upon the beautiful Lake Eden grounds to experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. LEAF Festival takes place on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College with a stunning array of rolling hills, lakes, streams, and mountain beauty on hundreds of acres of comfortable camping grounds. LEAF scours the globe for artists, musicians, performers and facilitators that are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and family engagement.

Fiscally Sponsored Projects

The “Hello My Name Is…” Project

“Hello My Name Is…” is a not-for-profit community outreach program to break through the social stigma of addiction by focusing on the positive impact of recovery, in the lives of individuals, their families and our community.

Charcoal Portraits by Douglas Lail

Celebrates & Encourages Recovery

AAAC is a Proud Fiscal Sponsor


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