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:


AAAC Member Art Market at Catawba Brewing

  The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to be partnering with Catawba Brewing Company to present a pop up art market featuring AAAC members on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Ten Buncombe County artists will be selected by a jury to participate i …

September 30th @ 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Community Cloth

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to welcome Local Cloth’s Community Cloth into the Front Gallery, October 5 – November 30, 2018. Community Cloth is an interactive, educational and community-service exhibit of processes and techniques for crea …

October 5th - November 30th, 2018

How to Write Your Life Story: A Memoir Intensive for Women

How to Write Your Life Story: A Memoir Intensive for Women Instructor: Victoria Fann AB Tech Enka – Small Business Center, classroom 1017 Saturdays, October 6 – November 10, 2018 2:00 – 4:00 pm For Women Veterans FREE Each life is unique; everyone has …

October 6th @ 12:00am - 11:59pm

Creative Writing and Poetry for Veterans 

Creative Writing and Poetry for Veterans  Instructor: Mary Ellen Lough Hominy Valley Crisis Center Saturdays, October 6 – December 18, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 pm FREE Be a part of a meaningful writing group for veterans of all ages.  No previous writing exper …

October 6th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

RAPG application deadline by 5 pm

The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The selection criteria include artistic merit, the pot …

October 12th @ 12:00am - 11:59pm

Pottery for Veterans

Pottery for Veterans Instructor: Gabriel Kline + Odyssey artists Odyssey Clayworks Fridays, October 12 – December 14, 2018 10:00 am -12:30 pm FREE Ever wanted to try your hand at the potter’s wheel? Sculpt a likeness in clay? Create a custom tile for y …

October 12th @ 10:00am - 12:30pm

Asheville Arts Alive Info Session

Asheville Arts Alive Info Session @ Asheville Area Arts Council October 17, 2018 10–11:30 pm FREE Presented by: Britt Martin, Explore Asheville   The Asheville Area Arts Council and the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau have teame …

October 17th @ 10:00am - 11:30am

Drawing Workshop for Veterans

Drawing Workshop for Veterans Instructor: Joseph Pearson Asheville Area Art Council’s Refinery Creator Space Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:00 – 4:00 pm FREE Join teaching artist and veteran, Joseph Pearson, for a drawing workshop where participants will …

October 20th @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Social Media for Artists

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 discuss which ones might work for you, an …

October 24th @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Social Media for Artists

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 discuss which ones might work for you, an …

October 25th @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Mixed Media for Veteran Families

Mixed Media for Veteran Families Instructor: Cleaster Cotton Asheville Area Art Council’s Refinery Creator Space Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:00 – 11:30 am FREE Teaching artist Cleaster Cotton will lead this mixed media art workshop for veteran famili …

November 3rd @ 10:00am - 11:30am

2018 Arts and Wellness Veterans Showcase

2018 AAAC Arts & Wellness Veterans Showcase The Grey Eagle $15 and $12 for veterans   The Asheville Area Arts Council was proud to launch the Arts & Wellness program for Veterans in September 2017. This program serves as an alternative met …

November 10th @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm