Asheville Area Arts Council Celebrates a New Location, Updated Vision, and Expanded Programming

A new space and community-focused mission and programming usher in 2020

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January 20, 2020 (Asheville, N.C.) –  After several successful years in the Refinery space on Downtown Asheville’s South Slope, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is moving into new headquarters at 409 Executive Park this February, just steps away from the heart of downtown. The Refinery will continue to provide affordable, quality studio space for local artists.

This physical move has afforded the arts council an opportunity to revisit and revise its role in the community, and they are unveiling a refreshed mission and path forward, with the goal of becoming an even more supportive and community-driven organization for Asheville and Buncombe County’s thriving arts ecosystem. As they transition to this next stage, they will continue and expand offerings to include even more resources and special events that will directly impact the arts sector. Check out upcoming news, events, and opportunities for artists and arts organizations on the art council’s redesigned website.

Creative jobs are a growing industry in Buncombe County, and with that growth come new opportunities for marketing, strategy, business development, and training. Arts council programming, beginning with a monthly Creative Sector Talk series will launch on January 28th at Center for Craft, will not only be tailor-made for the county and region, but will also be be advocacy-oriented and equity-driven. The first talk will focus on creating events that support an equitable and inclusive community, and will feature the City of Asheville’s Outdoor Events Manager Jon Fillman and Business Inclusion Manager Rosanna Mulcahy.

The arts council is also the proud organizer of the Creative Sector Summit– the region’s only creative industry-specific annual conference, happening May 1st-2nd at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. As Buncombe County celebrates a decade of the Summit, the arts council is looking towards a future of sustainable and strategic growth. This year’s Summit will highlight three themes areas aligned with the arts council’s updated mission: creative placemaking, equity and inclusion, and arts education.

The Summit will coincide with the launch of a yearly Creative Sector Survey, which will give area residents a chance to share feedback on how the arts council can best serve artists in Buncombe County. Arts businesses and organizations will be invited to participate in the survey through March 31st, and findings will be presented at the inaugural Creative Sector Dinner, happening April 30th at the Foundry Hotel’s Savoy Ballroom. The Asheville Area Arts Council is thrilled to begin a new decade of arts advocacy and development in Buncombe County.

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Founded in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is the second oldest arts council in the state of North Carolina. The mission of the arts council is to keep the arts at the heart of our community. AAAC supports this mission by advocating for the local arts sector and providing professional development and business services for area arts organizations and artists. Learn more about the arts council’s work at