Asheville Area Arts Council News - July 3, 2014

Arts and Entertainment

July 8, 2014

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Grassroots Arts Program Sub Grant

The Asheville Area Arts Council is now accepting 2014-2015 North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program applications for Buncombe County. Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Buncombe County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council's State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015.
The deadline for submitting your application is August 15th, 2014 by 5:00pm.
The Asheville Area Arts Council is looks forward to working with local organizations to develop programs, projects or services to promote the cultural arts in Buncombe County. The AAAC is hosting a Grassroots Arts Program Grant Workshop to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants on Thursday, July 24th from 5:30-6:30 at the AAAC new location in the Grove Arcade. Even if your organization has received a grant in the past, attending this workshop may be helpful as the guidelines change annually.
Click here for more information, application and guidelines.
Mail applications to Asheville Area Arts Council P. O. Box 507 Asheville, NC 28802 or deliver applications to our NEW location in the Grove Arcade suite #143 offices during regular business hours from 10:00am-6:00pm. (after August 1, 2014)
Questions, please feel free to contact Jodi John Pippin at: or 828.258.0710.

You have the power2give Computers for Creatives

It's an exciting time at the Asheville Area Arts Council! We are looking to expand our services to the creative leaders, artists, and students in our county through new projects that will fund new software and hardware technology. To achieve these goals, we have created a fundraising campaign on, which is an online fundraising site that serves organizations in the arts and cultural sector! At this time, the North Carolina Arts Council is matching funds that are donated to our project! Your support and encouragement in this project will help us expand our Artist Resource Center and will also help to supply county high school art classrooms with new Adobe technology so that they may be on the cutting edge of the creative industry as they prepare for college and to be artists showing in and outside of the community. If you value these ideas and would like to support our project, please visit our campaign website at

We are aiming to have the project fully funded and complete by July 31st so that we may purchase and make the additions to our Artist Resource Center and county classrooms by the fall. Please make your donation for this project today and we thank you for continuing to enhance and foster the creative industry in Buncombe County!

AAAC Sponsors Native Market Place

Featuring Cherokee Art & Demos

Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN) is coordinating a Native Marketplace from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC), July 15, 2014.
This event is free and open to the public, and serves as a showcase for Authentically Cherokee, a group of contemporary Cherokee artists from Cherokee, North Carolina, historically referred to as the Qualla Boundary. Artists will not only sell their work, but also demonstrate their skills. All in the community are encouraged to attend, learn, support and shop from 11:00-3:00pm!
Come meet talented Native craftsmen, including a modern wood 'carver' who utilizes technology to etch, engrave and carve Cherokee designs; a basket weaver and jewelry maker; another artist who creates soaps, lotions and more; and others! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Heidi Reiber at
The partnership between ONABEN and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce was established as a result of ONABEN's close work with Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee. There, ONABEN is providing training and technical assistance to the Cherokee, North Carolina community as part of a three-year grant with the Administration for Native Americans. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Asheville, Asheville Area Arts Council and Society of North American Goldsmiths.