Asheville Area Arts Council offers diverse programming to serve a wide range of creative professionals and community members. Click the links below to learn more about our programs.
NEW! The Buncombe Cultural Alliance is a group of cross sector stakeholders that ensures the health of arts, culture, and entertainment in Buncombe County. We do this through advocacy, and through the creation of community and economic development strategy on behalf of arts, culture and entertainment.
NEW! Exhibition Program: Point Of View, artist curate artists: The Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery exhibitions are developed by collection of creative professionals representing various disciplines acting as curators. Their selections are based on artistic merit and pursuant to the AAAC’s intent to illuminate the breadth and depth of Asheville/Buncombe’s creative sector.
Kids Tixx: Through the Kids Tix Program, the Arts Council is able to provide access to wonderful cultural experiences not always in the budget for some of Buncombe County’s families. Kids Tix provides admission for one child and one adult to local arts and cultural events, exhibits and more.
Artist’s Curriculum: The Asheville Area Arts Council provides free and affordable professional development opportunities to Asheville Area Artists. The AAAC, partnering with Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, developed the Certificate of Creative Business Management Program, a part of AB Tech’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Programs.
Creative Sector Summit: The Downtown Master Plan Arts & Culture Subcommittee, led by the Asheville Area Arts Council, hosts the Annual Creative Sector Summit. Over 170 participants contributed to the 2011 Summit, representing independent entrepreneurs from every discipline, arts organizations, economic development agencies, public workers, and more. Each day includes presentations from speakers representing non-profit, City, and State agencies; breakout discussions conducted to gain feedback regarding perceived opportunities, needs, challenges in the creative community; opportunities to network and exchange ideas; and the opportunity to fill out creative sector survey.
NEW! The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant: Grant is being offered to qualifying committed artists in the WNC region in order to enhance public spaces and increase awareness of local artists and the importance their role within the community.
Regional Artist Project Grant: Grants in the amount of $400-1200 are awarded annually to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists by funding a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms. This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council as well as Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties for 2011-2012. Support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional contributions by the aforementioned arts councils.
Annual Color Ball: Over 500 art supporters dressed in their finest monochromatic regalia come together annually for Asheville’s most talked-about party of the year! Each year a different color is chosen, and Asheville Area Arts Council takes that color to the extreme! From decor to cocktails and even the guests, the entire evening is saturated with the theme color. The Color Ball features live painting and performances like you’ve never seen before in Asheville! From musical and dance performances to acrobatics and face-painting, the excitement of this arts-filled event is palpable.