Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina

The Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina (WAANC) is an association of 20 arts councils located in the Western region. The purpose of this group is to provide peer support and to elevate the arts in our region.

Western North Carolina is the birthplace of ancient Cherokee culture and still home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. it is also known for its unique Appalachian music traditions, which were derived from various European and African influences. Additionally, WNC has become the center of handmade art and craft in America, with a rich legacy of both traditional and contemporary craft schools.

Visit the member pages below to learn more about the arts in each county, and be sure to check out the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area site to learn more about WNC’s rich cultural history. 

Members