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Featured Nonprofit:
Asheville Area Arts Council

»  Who We Serve: Artisans, performers, galleries, museums, theatres, schools, and audiences.

»  What We Do: Promotion and facilitation of the art community at large.

»  Where We Work: Asheville • Buncombe

Recurring Events: 

»  Center City Art Walks: Fridays in June, July and August. 5-8 p.m. in downtown Asheville. Free to the public. Contact Sarah Furr at 258-0710 or for more information.

»  Mardi Gras Party: Fat Tuesday, each year, the Arts Council holds a fais do-do to kick off the United Arts Fund Drive at Pack Place. Contact Adrienne McAllister at 258-0710 or

»  Arts in Education Showcase: Featuring the area's best artists that are available for residencies within the schools at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Contact Adrienne Crowther 258-0710 or for more information.

Volunteer Needs: 

»  Campaign Cabinet: Persuasive and persistent people to work on the fund drive.

»  Artists: To serve as a resource for new artists moving to our community.

»  After-School Volunteers: To establish cultural committees within each school.

Donation Needs: 

»  Exhibit Space: Galleries willing to donate space on a permanent or temporary basis. Please contact Sarah Furr at 258-0710 or

»  Advertising Space: Newspaper, radio, tv, or billboard advertising donations to publicize art walks, and upcoming events. Please contact Dana Davis at 258-0710 or

»  Printer: Basic printer in good, working order. Please contact anyone at 258-0710 or

A Closer Look: 

The Asheville Area Arts Council provides funding for artists and arts organizations through a competitive grants process; Providing scholarships in the arts to deserving high school seniors; Co-producing First Night Asheville with the City of Asheville and working with the City on its Urban Trail Committee and Public Art Committees; Implementation of an Arts in Education Plan to serve students in the Asheville City and Buncombe County school systems; Administering the Kids Tix Program to provide Buncombe county children tickets to cultural performances; Maintaining the community cultural calendar at; Exhibiting new and emerging artists in the Front Gallery; Serving as the umbrella organization for Buncombe County cultural agencies and as an advocate for the arts, and integrating the arts into the core curriculum at each school within Buncombe County.

»  Executive Director: Steve Steinert

»  Incorporation Date: 1969

»  Full-Time Staff: 5-10

»  Regular Volunteers: Over 50

»  Annual Operating Budget: $100,000-$500,000

»  Physical Location:  11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville

»  Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 507, Asheville, NC 28802

»  Phone:  828-258-0710

»  Fax:  828-252-2787

»  Website:

»  Email:

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