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Arts/ Craft : Visual

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. Visit our website or call 828-258-0710


Arts 2 People is….

a non-profit social service organization devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community througharts outreach, bringing the arts to those in nedd of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists and through community cultural development.

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Black Mountain Center for the Arts

“Ours is a community arts center with a mission of “bringing arts to the people and people to the arts.”

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) was the dream of a small group of visionaries, who in 1993 organized and found a way to save the Old City Hall from destruction. They obtained the building, raised over a million dollars and succeeded in renovating the 6,000-square-foot facility into a welcoming and vital landmark. BMCA was incorporated in 1995 and opened its doors in October 2000. In 2009, the Old City Garage was also renovated and made into a clay studio behind the main building. This community arts organization has sought to create a physical place for the arts to come together and flourish in the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County. See our website for more information


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




SheVille Team

We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.

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