Cultural Arts

Asheville is a place with a deep but constantly evolving arts and cultural heritage. 

The City of Asheville's Public Art and Urban Trail are dedicated to supporting the crucial role our cultural heritage play in our inquisitive and creative community.


Public Art & the Urban Trail

Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab

Street Performers / Busking



The Asheville Urban Trail Walking Tour

The Asheville Urban Trail, a walking tour of downtown Asheville, highlights the unique architecture, people, and historic events of the city.  The Urban Trail is divided into five distinct eras, each of which has a symbol.  These symbols are carved into pink granite blocks placed in the sidewalk along the way for you to follow.  All street crosswalks for the trail are marked. Enjoyed in its entirety, the walking tour requires approximately two hours to complete.  The map in this brochure identifies each of the 30 stations by a number.  All 30 stations include a piece of art and/or a bronze plaque that describes the station.  Click here to take an interactive audio visual tour of Asheville's Urban Trail.




Click to see the Economic Impact ChartArts and Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Established in 1960, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division served as the lead study partner for Buncombe County, one of 182 study partners in the United States. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV is the third Arts & Economic Prosperity study that Buncombe County arts and culture organizations have participated in with Americans for the Arts.

For more information about Public Art & the Urban Trail contact:
Community & Economic Development
Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist
Phone: 828-259-8050 direct or 828-232-4505

Stay Connected