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 the 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”

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History. 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 the 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

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

*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

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May 13th, 2017
Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM

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 have to transform lives, strengthen the 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 about the power of arts education and family engagement.

Request Kids Tixx:

If you or someone you know may be interested in receiving Kids Tixx to an upcoming event, performance, museum exhibition, or concert, please complete the Kids Tixx Request Form, stop by the Asheville Area Arts Council at 207 Coxe Avenue, or call 828.258.0710 today for more information. Once you are signed up you will be the first to know about all upcoming Kids Tixx!

Kids Tixx Qualifications:

Kids Tixx are made available to families who would otherwise be discouraged from attending events due to the price of tickets. Kids Tixx gives priority to a child and their parent, family member, or mentor, but tixx are often made available to area youth and group leaders and/or mentors from organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sister of Western North Carolina. Not sure if you qualify? Call 828.258.0710 or email Janelle Wienke at janelle@ashevillearts.com for more information.

We ask that those families who receive Kids Tixx complete a Kids Tixx survey and compose a small thank you note (made out to the Asheville Area Arts Council) after they have attended their Kids Tixx event. We love getting photos from our Kids Tixx events and hand drawn illustrations!

Become a Kids Tixx Art Presenter:

The Asheville Area Arts Council is always looking for new and creative arts and culture events to send our Kids Tixx families to. While we cannot guarantee your event will be chosen, if you are a Buncombe County area art presenter, and think that your upcoming event or performance would make a great Kids Tixx event please complete our Art Presenters Proposal Form to be considered for a future Kids Tixx event.

Our Presenters:

What Kids Tixx Families Are Saying:

“Thank you for giving me tickets to the Yamato Concert. I enjoyed it very much and hope you keep on doing it so other kids might enjoy stuff like that.”

– Kid Tixx Participant – Age 11

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to take a child to such a wonderful cultural event. He was quite taken by the whole experience. You never know what door will open, what key will turn, what light will come on; by your generosity.”

– Kid Tixx Participant, Big Brothers Big Sisters

“My favorite part was When Ursula helped Ariel get her feet. My least favorite part was at the very end because the songs were over.”

– Kid Tixx Participant

“Thank you Asheville Area Arts Council for sending us to see The Little Mermaid! My daughter had such a great time and it gave us the Mommy/Daughter date night that we needed! We are grateful for the works you all do!”

– Kid Tixx Participant – Parent

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