Asheville Area Arts Council

Asheville, North Carolina

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About us

The Asheville Area Arts Council is one of the oldest arts councils in the country. Formed from a working committee of the Junior League, the Civic Arts Council (CAC) was incorporated in 1952. In 2000 the CAC became the Asheville Area Arts Council. The AAAC values sustainability, collaboration, innovation and the transformative power of the arts. We believe the arts are the foundation for a sustainable, prosperous, diverse community and critical to the future success of Asheville and Buncombe County. In 2016, the AAAC partnered with developers to create an innovative production facility called The Refinery Creator Space in a 15,000 square foot industrial building in the South Slope. The Refinery Creator Space is a multifunctional space made up of 10 individual artist studios and 5 organizations. Within the space, the AAAC hosts grant info sessions, Artist Business Brainstorms, and has two galleries where local artists can exhibit their work.

Our Programs



Creative Sector Summit

, NC | Knowledge & Skills / Connections

CSS is an annual gathering of creatives, administrators, city officials and supporters to discuss the progress of the arts in BC.


Artist Business Brainstorm

, NC | Advice/Mentoring / Knowledge & Skills



Regional Artist Project Grant

, NC | Money / Knowledge & Skills

RPAG is a grant program that provides financial support to professionals by funding a project pivotal to their career advancement.