• Majik Studios Exhibition

    The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Majik Studios into the Front Gallery, February 1 – March 31, 2019. Majik Studios is a teachi...

    February 1 - March 29
  • Who’s Afraid of RED?

    In March, the Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host 15 artists in a new exhibit by curator Barbara Fisher called Who’s Afraid of RED? The...

    March 1 - March 30
  • The Cloud Show

    The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host The Cloud Show curated by Coco Villa, April 5 – May 3, 2019. Nebulous, soft, & ever-morph...

    April 5 - May 3

Now Accepting Applications for Grassroots Arts Program Subgrants

Asheville Area Arts Council is Now Accepting Applications for Grassroots Arts Program Subgrants March 11, 2019 – The Asheville Area Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through May 31, 2019 by 5 pm. Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North […]

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The AAAC is Seeking a New Executive Director

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to fulfill the position of Executive Director. This person will report to the Board of Directors and will be responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, while leading staff, board and community toward its strategic and financial objectives. They will serve as […]

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Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Jodie Hollander

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Jodie Hollander Sunday, March 17, 2019  | 1-4 pm Refinery Creator Space   Workshop: Experience art at a new level and use it to inspire your writing. Poet Jodie Hollander teaches this workshop, in which participants respond poetically to exhibitions. Students will study examples of celebrated poems that respond to or were inspired by […]

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A Familiar Face to be the AAAC’s Interim Executive Director

Janelle Wienke has been named Interim Executive Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council. Wienke says about the transition, “I have dedicated my career to organizations which support the arts and Buncombe County’s creative sector. I look forward to continuing to serve our community by providing resources, developing quality art experiences, and advocating for the arts in Buncombe County at the local and state level.”

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$16,000 Distributed to Artists Through The 2018-2019 Regional Artist Project Grant

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) pleased to announce the 2018-19 grantees for Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG), a program of the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC). The RAPG program provides the opportunity for regional consortia of arts councils to award grants to artists within their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline, […]

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The creative sector is rooted in the cultural traditions of Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. Creative enterprises and entrepreneurs have always contributed to our area’s strong creative economy – they create jobs, generate local and state tax revenues, create products, encourage spending, and attract tourists. To read more about the creative sector's impact in Buncombe County, visit our economic development page here.

Impact of the Arts in Buncombe County infographic