• Winged Narratives: A Social Study

    Contemporary Primitive Narrative Paintings by Cleaster Cotton “Birds are relatable, social creatures and are among the most numerous organisms on th...

    December 7, 2018 - January 25, 2019
  • Carve: Process of Reduction

    The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Carve: Process of Reduction, curated by Nina Kawar, into the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exh...

    January 18 - February 22
  • Artist Business Brainstorm

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Artist Business Brainstorm: Business Tips for the Creative Entrepreneur With over 25 years in the sa...

    January 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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Arts Build Community Grant: applications due Feb 15

The Arts Build Community grant program funds innovative, arts-based ideas that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. Supports collaborative projects that invite, create, and enrich community. This grant program is supported by Pete, Cindy & Lisa Perez, and Richard & Bridget Eckerd. Grants for art projects that […]

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What Have You Done For Me Lately, Copyright?

Thursday, December 13 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm The Asheville Area Arts Council will be hosting Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Dana LeJune, in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space for a workshop on Copyright Infringement. LeJune will be discussing the importance of protecting intellectual property, what is considered copying, and how to find […]

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Social Media for Artists

October 24 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm  OR  October 25 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm Asheville Area Arts Council Refinery Building at 207 Coxe Ave. In this class for beginners, we will cover social media basics with artists in mind. Topics covered will include: Identifying the differences between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. We will […]

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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