Kids Tixx

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.

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.

Currently, there are no tickets available for shows. Please check back in the Fall for an update on availability.

Online Art Contest

Have your art published free on the cover

of the prestigious publication



Two prizes:

First Prize: Front Cover (Value $9,800, one image shown)

Second Prize: Back Cover (Value $5,800, one image shown)

These entries will be published in International Contemporary Masters Volume 11, published by World Wide Art Books, to be released December 2016.

All media are accepted.
Participation fee $15 per image
Deadline August 25
The results will be announced September 9, 2016
Upload as many images as you like.
Only images entered in the contest will be considered.

STEPS FOR PARTICIPATION: Sign up or if you are already a member, Sign in.

Find out more information

Artavita is a very large art portal,  a free website created for artists to promote themselves and sell their art, at no cost, with no commissions.

Craft Research Fund Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2016/17 Craft Research Fund grant cycle are now open
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Craft Research Fund grant program advances and expands research about craft in the United States. Since 2005, the program has supported innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explored the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, and fostered new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field.
Proposals are welcome from curators, researchers, independent scholars and graduate students.
Application Deadlines:
September 17, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Graduate Research Grants
October 21, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Project and Exhibition Research Grants
October 31, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Travel Grants
The Craft Research Fund program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Toe River Arts Juried Show


The second annual Toe River Arts Juried Show will be held at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery from October 1 – November 5, 2016. Competition is open to all artists, 18 and older, residing in North or South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or Georgia. All mediums are accepted, and work must have been completed within the last two years. Please click for more information. Please click to download a regular Submission Form or a Fill-inable submission form.

This year’s juror will be Sherry Masters. Sherry has deep roots in the art and craft traditions of the mountains of Western North Carolina having grown up in Madison County, home to many artists. Sherry embarked on a career as a buyer and manager at the Allanstand Craft Shop of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She then became Grovewood Gallery’s manager. During her 20-year tenure, Sherry’s leadership helped turn the Asheville-based store into one of the nations top retailers of fine craft with close to 400 artists represented. Sherry originated Grovewood’s annual Sculpture for the Garden exhibition and served as a craft fair juror for many craft organizations up and down the east coast.

While at Grovewood, Sherry spearheaded the national American Craft Week events in Western North Carolina, coordinating the efforts of over 45 individual craft artists, galleries, and cultural institutions in the region for six years in a row. She continues to serve as co-chairperson for American Craft Week held in October.

CCCD Call for Artists

2016 Back to the Drawing Board

Deadline: May 31, 2016 Fee (USD): $10.00

In 2015, CCCD launched a new program series titled Back to the Drawing Board, that invited six artists take over Benchspace Gallery & Workshop to create interactive installations, performances, and other experimental activities.
This year, CCCD is pleased to continue Back to the Drawing Board as a feature program of it’s 20th Anniversary celebration to be held on August 11, 2016. Three selected projects will be staged throughout CCCD’s three-story building at 67 Broadway in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Artists, makers, designers and performers of all disciplines are welcome to propose a project plan. Preference will be given to new projects not yet presented in public, with an emphasis on process and audience collaboration. Works in progress are welcome, with the intention of exposing the public to the, often unseen, creative process. Ideas that will engage the public in a critical dialogue are encouraged.
Each takeover will occur from 7-10 pm, Thursday August 11, 2016. Accepted applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend for materials and travel expenses.

Immediate Opening! Music Director – Western Piedmont Youth Symphony

Music Director/Conductor – Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, Hickory, NC
Our current WPYS Music Director/Conductor is retiring from that position and we are seeking a person with the passion and expertise to lead our youth symphony orchestra program.
Music Director and Conductor Job Description
The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony (WPYS) Music Director and Conductor is a part-time position that provides artistic and administrative leadership by developing and carrying out a program of work under the supervision of the Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS) Artistic Director/Conductor and Executive Director.
  1. Schedule, program, and prepare weekly rehearsals for a minimum of two concerts (fall and spring) each year.
  2. Develop a budget in cooperation with the WPS Executive Director to support the programs of the Youth Symphony including library acquisitions and rental, sectional coaches, and auxiliary players when needed.
  3. Develop and maintain a relationship with local school music and private music teachers to cultivate membership and to keep them informed of WPYS activities.
  4. Recruit and audition Youth Symphony members primarily, but not exclusively, from local schools in the region.
  5. Establish audition and rehearsal schedules and coordinate all calendar dates and venues with the WPS Executive Director.
  6. Serve as Librarian (or recruit volunteers) to work in conjunction with the WPS Librarian. Organize and inventory the library as well as distribute and annotate (including bowings) of all music.
  7. Assure accurate attendance records for rehearsals, and coordinate collection of WPYS dues with WPS Office Staff.
  8. Provide appropriate information for public relations and concert programs to the Marketing Director in a timely manner.
  9. Work with the WPS Education Committee to enhance alumni and parental support and involvement with the activities of the Youth Symphony.
  10. Coordinate set-up and tear-down of orchestra chairs, stands, and equipment with WPS Properties Manager.
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Music or Music Education preferred
  • Experience leading middle school to college age students
  • Can collaborate successfully with others
  • Conducting experience in orchestral or multi-instrumental settings
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Passion and ability to grow the program
Salary is based on qualifications and experience.
Please send a cover letter and resume by Friday, May 27, 2016, to:
Youth Symphony Music Director Search
Western Piedmont Symphony
243 Third Avenue NE; Suite 1N
Hickory, NC 28601

Call for Entries: Arts in the Airport Exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the next Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts are joining with Arts in the Airport to showcase an art exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. One of 409 units of the park service, the Smokies not only have extraordinary scenic beauty but are also home to more than 18,000 species of life and 100 historic log buildings.
Artists are encouraged to submit work inspired by or in celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Submitted work may reflect the beauty of the landscape, wildlife and fauna or reference the rich creative and cultural heritage of the area. Contemporary fine craft which reflects an appreciation of craft tradition will be considered. More information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be found at
Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from September 29, 2016 – April 19, 2017.
The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, July 24, 2016.
View the information online at
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee and 24 counties of Western North Carolina.
Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance. Apply online or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards.
From Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Kelly Hider, Gallery Coordinator and Bill May, Executive Director will jury the exhibition.
About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Information: Suzanne Cada, 865-523-7543,

Seeking Marketing/ Communications Director

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area now seeks a multi-talented Marketing/ Communications Director to help take its work to the next level and to lead the organization’s efforts to expand its reach to new audiences, partners and supporters. Please share this link with anyone you feel would be qualified and interested in the marketing and communications position for the BRNHA.

Call for Sculpture Artists for September Sculpture Celebration

Caldwell Arts Council 31st Annual Sculpture Celebration

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Lenoir, N.C. – Caldwell Arts Council (a Caldwell County, NC non-profit) announces the 31st annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC on Saturday September 10, 2016.


Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales. No commission in event of sales. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina for this event. Early registration discounts are available.

Caldwell Arts Council, Tri-State Sculptors Association, Mountain Sculptors, the City of Lenoir, and the Lenoir Tourism Development Association. This year’s Chairperson is Samantha Hatchett.


$3,000 Best in Show
$2,000 First Place Award
$1,500 Second Place Award
$1,000 Third Place Award
up to five $500 Judge’s Merit Awards
$500 Stevens Family People’s Choice Award


Separate Youth People’s Choice Award


Sculptors Welcome Dinner Friday evening ($20/each for additional guests in advance, $25 onsite)
List of Participating Sculptors
Manpower assistance with unloading/loading sculptures
Crane assistance with unloading/loading sculptures (must be pre-registered for this)
Outdoor camping with showers & full bathroom facilities at Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center
Limited private home housing may be available.
Continental breakfast for sculptors at the park on Saturday morning


REGISTRATION FEES (Register early for best savings-Registration by cc/debit/Paypal below)):
Youth/School Registration through September 10 is $35
University Sculpture Student Registration through September 10 is $35
Early Registration through July 1, $50
Early Registration July 2-31, $60
Early Registration August 1-September 8, $70
On-site Registration September 9-10 is $80


For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,, or


Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.