Since 2010 the Asheville Area Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Asheville, has convened the region’s only creative industry specific annual conference, the Creative Sector Summit. The Creative Sector Summit is an initiative recommended by the 2009 Downtown Asheville Master Plan. The top goals of the Summit as recommended include a state-of-the-arts audit, and the creation of an alliance of arts presenters.
The Creative Sector Summit is an initiative facilitated by the Asheville Area Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Asheville. Past partners and sponsors include the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Asheville Art Museum, The Asheville Community Theater, Handmade in America, The Asheville HUB Project, Arts North Carolina, the North Carolina State Arts Council, Land of Sky Regional Council, and affiliate organizations and individuals within the Asheville/Buncombe area Creative Sector.
The Creative Sector Summit is an opportunity for networking and creative problem solving: for cross pollination, education, creation of sector advocacy, collaboration on initiatives and programs, to maximize funding opportunities, and as an opportunity for non-arts organizations and economic drivers to work with the sector more effectively. With more and more national organizations realizing the incredible community building and economic development powers of creativity and the arts, it is imperative that Asheville (and beyond) galvanize and cooperate to make the most of the opportunities this recognition and its associated funds and resources represents.