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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. 

2021 Donors

Ann Kemske
Anthony Cerrato and Jennie Nolan
Asheville Art Museum
Betty Ann Korzenny
Bill Dorfman
Bridget and Richard Eckerd
Brook Dorsch & Tyler Emerson-Dorsch
Catherine Twomey
Cherry Saenger
Chris McGraw
Dana Stonestreet
David and Ellen Feingold
David Frechter
Deborah Gibb
Diana Brewster
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
Eleanor Palmer
Ellen Sandweiss
Ellen Vontillius
Eunice Ward
Explore Asheville
Felipe Korzenny
Gabriele Marewski
Gael Perry
Georgia Deal
Joanna Baker
Joe and Janice Brumit
Josh Batenhorst
Kate Thayer
Kathie & Matthew Engelbrecht
La Bourgeois
Larry Turner
Laura Mitchell
LEAF Global Arts
Luke & Annie Lingle
Martha Scull Martha
Meaghan McCallum
Meg Warden
Micah McLain
Michelle Garrison
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Baird
Mr. Ken Abbott
Ms. Amy McGuire and Brian Wallace
Ms. Christina Whiteman
Ms. Irene Stoll
Ms. Jenny Kiehn
Ms. Lori Greenberg
Ms. Susan Turner
Ms. Vivian Saich
Nancy Bass
Pete and Cindy Perez
Rae Geoffrey
Rebecca Williams
Robert and Karen Milnes
Robert McHugh
Ryan Reardon
Samsel Architects
Sara Meyer
Scott Calhoun
Scott Leemon
Stephen E Stark
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Steven Hageman
Susan Justus
Susanna Euston
Tom and Peggy Shafer
Winslow Tuttle
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Zoe Schumaker

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