Janelle Wienke has been named Interim Executive Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC). Wienke has held the role of Grants Manager at the AAAC, and will now lead the organization as it searches for someone to fill the role on a permanent basis. The AAAC is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community.

Wienke says about the transition, “I have called Asheville home since I was a spirited 15-year-old at Asheville High School. Since then 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.”

As an integral member of the AAAC for the last three years, the Board of Directors are confident that the progress made in past years will continue through Janelle Wienke’s leadership as Interim Executive Director.