Thank you to the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau for your support of the 2017 season of Art in the Park, a handcrafted market for professional artist. Together we aim to support professional artist vendors in downtown Asheville.

2017AAitPPosterBuilding Community Through Arts in Action

The Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community. Thank you to Asheville Art in the Park artist vendors for donating 10% of your sales to The Asheville Art in the Park Arts and Community Grant.

For more information about this grant and application process, contact Janelle Wienke at

Applicants must be located in and serving one or more of these counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.

Applying for the Asheville Art in the Park Grant:

Guideline & Application Links:

Application Deadline:

  • February 15, 2017 by 5:00pm
  • Info Session: January 18, 2017, 5pm
Projects Should Occur Within:

  • 1 Year of Date of First Grant Check

The Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant is being offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to encourage artists to participate in the process of building community through the arts. This grant is sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council and Asheville Art in the Park. Winning projects will be required to recognize these sponsors through use of logos in publicity materials.

We look forward to reviewing your application. Please refer to the guidelines linked above for application submission options.

Projects considered for this grant should meet many, but not necessarily all, of the following criteria (unless specified):

  • Supports or enhances an existing municipal plan or local strategic goal
  • Will take place or be presented in public (Strongly Suggested)
  • Addresses or ameliorates a social issue
  • Builds community and/or encourages community participation
  • Provides or enhances an economic development opportunity for an individual artist, group or project
  • Enlivens an underused or under-appreciated public space
  • Creates neighborhood identity
  • Displays excellence in craftsmanship and design (Required)
  • Compliments the surrounding environment
  • The relationship of the project to community need is well defined
  • Applications should be written with a particular project in mind (Required)
  • Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check. (Required)

2016 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016 Awardees!

2015 Recipients

2014 Recipients

2013 Recipients

  • Doreyl Ammons Cain, “On Hallowed Ground” Mural Project: Bringing the heart of a small Appalachian mountain town, Dillsboro North Carolina, alive with a colorful mural telling the town’s story of feuds, hardships and love!
  • Victor Palamino, CHIVA -TOP Project: Multimedia education project visiting a Latino neighborhood and providing audio visual workshops to create a collaborative art project to share with the community.
  • Barrie Barton, Community Choreography Project: A large-scale, community driven, collaborative initiative and production at Diana Wortham Theatre.
  • Jim Julien, The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Program Guide: A Fringe Program Guide to promote the festival and educate Asheville audiences about the nature of Fringe Festivals.