Asheville Fringe Festival 2018


The Asheville Fringe Festival 2018 is a local festival featuring multiple artists and mediums to showcase artistic talent. The Asheville Fringe Festival received the Grassroots Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council so that they could accomplish their goals for this year’s festival. The festival, which took place on the 20th – 21st and the 25th – 28th, in several different locations in January. Festival directors Jim and Jocelyn said, “Feedback from the participating artists was extremely positive.  Many took time to share how much they enjoyed the festival and felt like it was one of the best Fringes they had attended and participated in.  The audience numbers grew, as well, and many regular attendees were extremely pleased with the festival this year.”


With the Grassroots Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Fringe Festival was able to provide a stipend for the staff of their event. Jim and Jocelyn said,“With the grant funds, we were able to professionally develop several local performers to become trained in festival logistics.  We would not have the funding to accomplish this without the grant.” The Asheville Fringe Festival hopes to grow with more staff and talent in the coming years. The Asheville Area Arts Council is proud to support local artists and the talent that comes from events like the Asheville Fringe Festival.



The {Re}HAPPENING is a yearly artistic event held at the historic Black Mountain College. This event is full of visual, musical, interpretive, etc. events. The {Re}HAPPENING is inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, which was an unscripted performance which was held at Black Mountain College. This piece is considered by many to be the first Happening. The 8th {Re}HAPPENING will be held on March 31st from 3 – 10 PM.

“The 8th annual {Re}HAPPENING will continue to reshape one of Asheville’s most anticipated yearly art events by offering international projects alongside a roster of local installation, new media, music and performance projects,” said Kate Averett. The Asheville Area Arts Council had the pleasure of helping with this event through funding. Kate Averett said this about the upcoming event, “We believe that inviting a range of creative leaders from the local, regional and international communities is an important step in stimulating new audiences and providing an expanded way to experience the legacy of Black Mountain College. Funding from The Asheville Area Arts Council is a critical component of the project. These funds ensure we can offer dynamic programs of the highest quality that are contributing significantly to the regional and national arts ecology.”  This year the {Re}HAPPENING was able to provide travel and artistic fees for their featured performers, Roomful of Teeth which is a Pulitzer Prize winning vocal ensemble.

The {Re}HAPPENING hopes to spark an interest to delve deeper and believes that, “this event has served as a vital outlet in the region, injecting a shot of spontaneity and creativity into the local arts scene, drawing local and national artists and participants.” The {Re}HAPPENING is an adventurous and emotionally powerful experience. Kate Averett spoke beautifully about the experience the 2018 {Re}HAPPENING hopes to provide, “Our project offers engaging opportunities for people of all ages and economic backgrounds to learn about and experience the art form “up close and personal” in a welcoming environment. We believe, and understand from our own efforts and analysis, that exposure to a great variety of immersive art experiences, and offering multiple entry points for learning opportunities about them, encourage a “culture” of curiosity about the such practices that yield long-term, deep engagement.”



This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.