• Cheryl Eugenia Barnes

    The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome artist Cheryl Eugenia Barnes into the Front Gallery, June 7 – July 26, 2019. Cheryl was born i...

    June 7 - July 26
  • Youth Artists Empowered at the Refinery

    The AAAC is excited to welcome student work from Youth Artists Empowered Art Lab into the Hall Gallery during the months of June and July. This vibran...

    June 7 - July 26
  • Deconstruct to a New Paradigm

    The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host Deconstruct to a New Paradigm curated by Tekla Howachyn, July 19 – August 16, 2019. Deconstr...

    July 19 - August 16

AAAC Announces New Leadership

After an extensive search, the Asheville Area Arts Council has named Katie Cornell Executive Director starting July 1, 2019. Cornell is currently the Development Manager for the Center for Craft and serves as the Chair of the City of Asheville’s Public Art & Cultural Commission. She has more than 18 years of experience working in […]

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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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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