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    The creative economy is a reality in Asheville, and the City of Asheville's Cultural Arts division is on the job, finding opportunities to sustain its growth and help make the connections that keep art thriving locally.

    Despite Asheville's insular location, art doesn't survive in a vacuum. The Cultural Arts Division operates as a centralized voice and advocate for Asheville's art, culture and community. That means emphasizing the importance of artistic development on a local, state and federal level and lobbying for the arts as a funding priority. The division is the Buncombe County representative for the North Carolina Arts Council and distributes grant funds for local art programs throughout the county, exposing more and more people to the art all around them.

    The City of Asheville is well positioned to keep track of the numbers, and the Cultural Arts Division takes on that role, providing the data that show the indispensable economic impact that the arts have on our area. That kind of information assists with efforts to boost arts funding and awareness on a federal level, including heading up the Americans for the Arts Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Study.

    As a centralized voice, the Cultural Arts division strives to make connections and foster collaboration between local artists, provide professional opportunities and highlight the important foundation that the arts provide for Asheville's creative economy.

    The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce that 16 organizations in Buncombe County have been awarded a 2013 North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program Grant totaling over $45,000. 

    Using a per capita based formula, the Grassroots Arts Program Grant provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state.  Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in BuncombeCounty.  Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide art and cultural programs in the county.

    The Buncombe County grant recipients include: 

    • Amici Music: $3,500
    • Arts for Life: $3,500
    • Asheville City Schools Foundation: $4,500
    • Asheville Community Theatre: $3,500
    • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre: $1,250
    • AshevilleDesign Center: $4,500
    • Asheville Lyric Opera: $2,500
    • Asheville Puppetry Alliance: $2,500
    • BlackMountain Center for the Arts: $3,500
    • BlackMountain College Museum + Art Center: $4,500
    • Immediate Theatre Project: $2,750
    • LEAF in School & Streets: $3,500
    • Local Cloth: $500
    • Mad Hat Arts: $1,500
    • MontfordPark Players: $3,500

    The City of Asheville’s Cultural Arts Division serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Provisional County Partner for awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Buncombe County.

    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.


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    Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
    Phone: 828-259-5800

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