The Asheville Area Arts Council has brought together City and County elected officials, the tourism industry, economic development, arts in education leaders, creative placemaking leaders, and more, to think critically and make strategic recommendations as our community moves forward in tangible ways to build jobs in the arts and grow a healthy creative sector for Buncombe County. The Asheville Area Arts Council is building awareness of Asheville’s creative community and its economic worth, secure funding, and create policies that strengthen the creative sector, expand market, facilitate permitting and ease regulation. An alliance of arts presenters was called for in the 2009 Downtown Asheville Master Plan, and the AAAC has taken that recommendation a step further. Through the convening of the Buncombe Cultural Alliance, an arts, culture, and entertainment think tank, we unify and galvanize Asheville’s creative community.
In Buncombe County, artists, creative entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and communities are thriving and collaborating together on public and private initiatives that ensure the county’s reputation as a national arts destination.
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.
In 2013, one of the top goals of the Creative Sector Summit was achieved, and the Buncombe Cultural Alliance was convened. Over the course of 2013, the BCA met to identify how best to serve arts, culture and entertainment in Buncombe County. The Asheville Area Arts Council serves as the backbone administrative organization for the BCA. The City of Asheville was the 2013 funding partner.
Over the course of 2013, the BCA has focused on the creation of a strategy document for arts, culture, and entertainment in Buncombe County. The strategy looks at five focus areas: the economic impact of the arts, quality of life, arts education, arts advocacy, and creative placemaking. The draft strategy will be presented, and stakeholders at the 2014 Creative Sector Summit will be invited to add further expert thinking and implementation ideas. This strategy document guides not only the activities of the BCA, but is intended to help move our county toward a comprehensive cultural plan.
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