Support the arts!

Our mission is to keep the arts at the heart of our community.

Since 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council has been supporting the arts in Buncombe County. We believe the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit, and investing in the arts is a real investment in Buncombe County.

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What does my donation support?

We fulfill our mission by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through:

Advocacy: data collection, reports, policy initiatives, education, representation, partnerships, and special events
Public Art: free, inclusive, and accessible art for all
Services for Creatives: professional development, grants, job and opportunity listings

If you have more questions about donating, please contact us.

Asheville Area Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our North Carolina Charitable Solitication License # is SL006224.

Asheville City Schools students work with artist Cleaster Cotton as part of the Teaching Artist Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS) program. This is one of the many programs funded through the arts council’s grant programs. Photo courtesy of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. 

2020-21 Donors

Mr. Ken Abbott
Kathy Abernathy
Mr. and Ms. Joel Adams
Mrs. Sandra Alguire
Dr. Mary Alm
Carol Anders
Laura Anderson
Asheville Community Theatre
Dave Baker
Joanna Baker
Nancy Bass
Ms. Ann Batchelder
Joshua Batenhorst
Mrs. Terry Bellamy
Ms. Brigid Berry
Mark Bigelow
BlackBird Frame & Art
Jessica Blissett
Mark Bolick
La Bourgeois
Diana and Richard Brewster

Ms. Deborah Britt
Ms. Karen Brown
Joe and Janice Brumit
Buncombe County Government
Mr. Terry Burt
Scott Calhoun
Esther Cartwright
Chris Cavanaugh
Center for Craft
Anthony Cerrato and Jennie Nolan
Giles Collard
Deborah Compton
Mr. Scott Crosby
Ehren Cruz
Date My City
Georgia Deal
Kathryn Dearmond
Wendi Diamond
Teresa Dodd
Dogwood Health Trust
Brook and Tyler Emerson- Dorsch
Michael Dowling
Michael Ebbs
John Ellis
Kathie Engelbrecht
Susanna Euston
David Feingold
Angela Finney
Diane Frankel
Ms. Susan Frazier
David Frechter
Ms. Sheila Garcia
Michelle Garrison
Jessica Garrity
Karley Giacalone
Deborah Gibb
Mark and Jeff Goldberg
Jeffrey Golladay
Ms. Lori Greenberg
Karen Groce
Lindsey Grossman
Steven Hageman
Barbara Hale
Susan Harper
Pilar Hartmann
Patti Haskell
Sharon Hill
Susan Holden
Denise Homewood
Mr. and Ms. Eileen Hutchison
Melissa Jacobs
Mr. Ben Johnson
Deborah Johnson
Darcy Jones
Lynn and Jim Karegeannes
Mr. Paul Karnowski
Cheryl Keefer
Ann Kemske
Mrs. Mary Kenemer
Ms. Jenny Kiehn
Bruce Hughes and Nancy Kirkwood
Ulla Knoepp
Betty Ann Korzenny
Felipe Korzenny
Matthew Kraus
Mrs. Joanne Lazar
Matthew Lee
Scott Leemon
Luke Lingle
Kathleen Link
Louis L Manes Foundation
Matthew Lutz
Rebecca Lynch
Mama Danger Bandcamp
Mr. Cory Marcon
Gabriele Marewski
Rachel McAuley
Chris McGraw
Ms. Amy McGuire and Brian Wallace
Lauren McKeel
Shanti McKinnie
Micah McLain
Frank Merenda
Robert and Karen Milnes
Hanne Miska
Laura Mitchell
Stephanie Monson
Miss Kelly Montague
Montford Park Players
Roger Munch
North Carolina Arts Council
Eleanor Palmer
Peaceful Beginning Birth and Postpartum Services
Pete and Cindy Perez
Gael Perry
Kert Phillips
Plant Restaurant
Mr. and Ms. Gar Ragland
Ryan Reardon
Sarah Reincke
Cherry Saenger
Ms. Vivian Saich
Samsel Architects
Mr. James Samsel
Robin Sanchez
Diane Sanders
Ellen Sandweiss
John Schaller
Zoe Schumaker
Tom & Peggy Shafer
Melody Shank
Mr. Mark Sinsky
Smith Somatics
Joe & Maggie Spatarella
Sally Spiegel
Stephen E Stark
Irene Stoll
Dana Stonestreet
Mr. Noel Swartz
Kate Thayer
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Orange Peel
Larry Turner
Ms. Susan Turner
Catherine Twomey
Louise Updyke
Brian Vasilik
James Vaughn
Ellen Vontillius
Walnut Cove Members Association
Meg Warden
Christal Weatherly
Ms. Jan Wencel
Ms. Christina Whiteman
Shirley Whitesides
Rebecca Williams
Jillian Wolf
Michael Wyman
Susan Young
Ms. Linda Zang
Jayne Zanglein

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our donor list.  If you find an error, please email Amy McGuire at  Thank you!