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Arts/ Craft: Education

Asheville Area Arts Council

Mission: To unify established creative professionals and organizations into a collaborative and thriving sector, to cultivate emerging grassroots entrepreneurs through direct financial support and access to opportunities, and to enhance the profile and visibility of our unique culture.

In 2011 AAAC moved to THE ARTERY in the River Arts District of Asheville. The ARTERY is a multi-purpose exhibition and event facility serving as headquarters for the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), a visitor center, classroom for a wide range of workshops and programs, display space for fine art and various crafts, rehearsal space for performing artists and groups, and presentation space for small events. Unique, independent projects are also welcome.  828-258-0710


Asheville Puppetry Alliance

Asheville Puppetry Alliance brings puppetry in all its forms to Western North Carolina. The organization emerged when several nationally known puppeteers settled in this area. APA was established to celebrate puppetry, an art form that is ancient, contemporary, ever evolving and enjoyed by all ages in all cultures. We promote puppetry by educating our public about the origins and development of the art form and introducing them to a variety of puppet styles. We also act as an umbrella organization for artists in Western North Carolina and beyond, to produce new works.


Asheville Quilt Guild

In Western North Carolina, surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Asheville Quilt Guild is a group devoted to promoting beauty through the art of quilting.

HandMade in America’s mission is to grow handmade economies through craft, cultural heritage and community assets. We envision a thriving region that leverages the distinctive cultural assets of its people and the spirit of community. HandMade in America primarily works in 22 counties in Western North Carolina, serving many of the region’s small towns and communities.

We believe in the power of the handmade to transform both individuals and communities. We believe in building partnerships and economies in a culture that nourishes. HandMade is comprised of The HandMade in America Foundation and The HandMade in America Community Development Corporation, both 501-(c)-3 nonprofit entities.

Click here for our website 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 (828)252.0121


Homegrown Handmade

Art roads and farm trails of North Carolina. Experience distinctive communities and breathtaking rural countrysides from the coast to the foothills. Travel along back roads to sample fresh goat cheese and scuppernong wine, artists’ studios and sidewalk cafés.


North Carolina Arts Council

A strong arts infrastructure across the state — with more than 2,500 nonprofit arts organizations and a program that ensures funding to all 100 N.C. counties — provides opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities and contributes to vital and vibrant cities and towns.

Across the state there are more than 1,000 arts facilities in cities and towns. Abandoned textile mills, warehouses, banks, department stores, churches and schools, for example, have been converted to art centers, theaters, museums and artist studios so our cities vibrate with the energy of the arts; and our rural communities reach deep into their roots and celebrate their unique traditions.The arts have been a catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization since the early 1980s. Many new major art centers have opened in our larger cities across the state in the last two years. A proposed new program, SmART Cities/SmART Towns will encourage cities to use the arts as a catalyst for community transformation.   NC Arts Council Website


Open Hearts Art Center

Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit art education program located in the rich arts based community of Western North Carolina. We are dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges, which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities.These unique individuals are able to reach their full potential through creative techniques such as, music, drama, dance, creative writing, painting, ceramics and animal therapy. Through the arts a challenged individual may: discover new ways in which to express themselves, gain self-confidence, and increase awareness of their individuality. Visit Us


Pack Place

Where arts, education and entertainment meet.Pack Place is a place for everyone! A vibrant centerpiece of downtown Asheville and the keystone cultural facility in the Pack Square Cultural District, this bustling complex includes the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, The Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.


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