• Vance Elementary Student Hall Exhibit

    The Asheville Area Arts council is exciting to welcome the fifth graders from Mrs. Lipe’s art class at Vance Elementary into the Hall Gallery fr...

    April 5 - May 31
  • Postcards from the Edge

    From April 12 through July 30, 2019, the Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina (WAANC) will coordinate a unique traveling art display.  Eight arts ...

    April 12 - May 31
  • Beyond Knowing

    The Asheville Area Arts Council welcomes, Beyond Knowing, a new exhibit by curator, David Sheldon, into the AAAC Exhibition Space, May 10 – June...

    May 10 - June 21

Our Flash Match Was a Huge Success!

We did it! Thanks to YOU we raised the $13,534 for our Flash Match, unlocking $10,000 of matching donations. In total, we raised $23,534 to help the Asheville Area Arts Council fulfill our mission to support artists and arts organizations in Buncombe County. By meeting this goal, we will continue to bring people together through […]

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2019-20 Arts Build Community Grant Awards

2019-2020 Arts Build Community Grant Awards Asheville, N.C (April 1, 2019) – The Asheville Area Arts Council has awarded grants to support five innovative, arts-based ideas in the second year of the Arts Build Community grant cycle. This program is sponsored by community donors Pete, Cindy & Lisa Perez, and Richard & Bridget Eckerd, projects […]

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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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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