Special Recurring Events:


Color Ball

Everybody loves a party, especially one filled to overflowing with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, and amazing art & music! The 2015 Onyx Ball was a rousing Halloween success!

Next Occurring: September 9, 2017

A Great Costume Party!

Overflowing with Creativity!

All in the Name of the Arts!


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Creative Sector Summit

Our annual Creative Sector Summit’s goal is to create an ever more vibrant quality of life in Buncombe County by bringing together the creative sector and its partners for the realization of collaborative opportunities in community and economic development.

Next Occurring: April 20, 2018

Creative Problem Solving

Cross-Pollination of Leaders

Galvanizing our Resources


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Upcoming Events:


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 the planet earth.  We can learn a great deal about ourselves from observing their behavior in nature. “Win …

December 7th - January 25th, 2019

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 same successful contracting business in the same town Kathleen Lewis must be doing something right. Kathle …

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

Paying Yourself for Creatives

Take control of your financial management systems, using easy to understand terminology to navigate the everyday financials. Candy Williams will lead you through creating systems that give business owners like you the detail you need without making it …

January 30th @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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 teaching studio for fine arts and crafts, open to the community and visitors to Asheville. The exhibit will feat …

February 1st - March 29th, 2019

Opening Reception for Carve: The 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 Exhibition Space. Process is an important aspect to creating art and often concept and form emerge from the …

February 1st @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Winter Chill: Blues & Soul Night

February 11 | Blues & Soul Night The Grey Eagle Monday, February 11, 2019 Hosted by DJ Cousin TL Tickets: $15 | Doors at 7, show at 8 PURCHASE TICKETS Performances by:   Cowboy Judy is a female-fronted supergroup hailing from Asheville, NC. Co …

February 11th @ 7:00pm - 11:30pm

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 title is inspired by a series of Barnett Newman paintings called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. Th …

March 1st - March 30th, 2019

Opening Reception for Who’s Afraid of RED?

Join us on Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Thom Robinson and Ray Griffin Exhibition Space to celebrate the opening of Who’s Afraid of RED? Artist talk will begin at 6:30 pm. The Asheville Area Arts Council i …

March 1st @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Winter Chill: Rock Night

March 11 | Rock Night The Mothlight Monday, March 11, 2019 Hosted by DJ Greg Cartwright Tickets: $15 | Doors at 7, show at 8 PURCHASE TICKETS Performances by:   Kitty Tsunami melted together in summer of 2014. Wanting to keep it loud, fast and rau …

March 11th @ 7:00pm - 11:30pm