The Asheville Area Arts Council’s mission is to be the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. The AAAC traces its origins to a Civic Arts Council founded in 1952. Working with local artists and arts organizations, the AAAC ensures the continued vitality of the rich artistic heritage of Asheville and Buncombe County. Since 2013, over $275,000 has been distributed from the AAAC to Buncombe County arts and culture organizations and individual artists through our grants program.
The AAAC also offers local artists the opportunity to act as professional curators to develop gallery exhibitions in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffith Exhibition Hall. Through the Kids Tixx program, the organization provides free tickets to local cultural performances to families in need. AAAC advocacy efforts include being the Buncombe County lead for the Americans for the Arts economic impact study and a Summit for the Creative Sector. A partner of the state’s North Carolina Arts Council and Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, the AAAC is excited about our location in Asheville’s South Slope and our new projects, The Refinery Creator Space and an Arts & Wellness program for Veterans.