The Asheville Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2016 Grassroots Arts Program Grant Winners! Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. AAAC serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding sub-grants to local organizations for arts programs in Buncombe County. The AAAC puts forth additional money towards this grant program with funds provided by Buncombe County.

We look forward to working with the following organizations as they develop their funded programs, projects and services, expanding the cultural arts in Buncombe County!

  • Anam Cara Theatre for “Pulse” – a musical exploring issues surrounding the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
  • Asheville Choral Society for “Annelies” – a choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation for “TAPAS” – implementing high quality local artists and creative writing experiences in public school core curriculum
  • Asheville Community Theatre for “Snowbound” – a play partnered with local bluegrass musicians
  • Asheville Creative Arts for “How I Became a Pirate” – performances as well as on-site artist residencies with local camps
  • Asheville Music School for “Sound Education Outreach” – music educators teach group classes and conduct performances for underprivileged youth
  • Asheville Rhythm for “Asheville Percussion Festival 2017” – a creative environment for percussionists, singers, and dancers to innovate
  • Aurora Studio for “Aurora Studio Visiting Artists” – visiting artists will provide instruction in various techniques and mediums
  • Black Mountain Center for the Arts for “Technology” – funding for programming and staff with technology experience in order to capture date and registration requirement
  • Blue Ridge Orchestra for “Blue Ridge Orchestra Revels” – a holiday concert in collaboration with fiddler Jamie Laval
  • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre for “Asheville Fringe Arts Festival” – a multi-venue festival of performing arts and workshops
  • Immediate Theatre Project for “The Lower Frequencies” – a play depicting the experiences of the narrator focusing on socio-economic injustices of the African American community
  • LEAF Community Arts for “LEAF Delta Jazz Band” – LEAF’s first year round program providing quality music instruction for youth development
  • Mechanical Eye Microcinema for “Visiting Filmmaker Series” – visiting filmmakers, screenings, and workshops that will focus on questions about nationality, identity, and boundaries between art and audience
  • Montford Park Players for “Marketing for Montford Park Players’ Shakespear Festival” – expand marketing outreach and increase attendance
  • The Magnetic Theatre for “Malverse” – a play exploring the complex issues of gentrification
  • Weaverville Art Safari for “Improvement of the website and signage” – update media and marketing tools for the Weaverville Art Safari 2016 Tour


The AAAC is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by Buncombe County. 

The AAAC works with local artists and arts organizations to ensure the continued vitality of the rich artistic heritage of Asheville and Buncombe County. Since 2013, $252,665 has been distributed from the AAAC to Buncombe County arts and culture organizations and individual artists through our grants program. A partner of the state’s North Carolina Arts Council and Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, the AAAC is excited about our move to Asheville’s South Slope and our new project, The Refinery Creator Space.