Asheville Area Arts Council News - March 10, 2016

Clubs and Organizations

March 12, 2016

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Creative Sector Summit  |  April 8 & 9

The Creative Sector Summit is our region's only annual arts and culture advocacy conference. The Summit is an opportunity for networking, creative problem solving, cross pollination of ideas, education, creation of sector advocacy, collaboration on initiatives and programs, and maximization of funding opportunities. This year's theme explores how arts education supports job creation in Buncombe County by developing 21st century skills in our future workforce.
Friday, April 8 will include presentations and panels on the value of arts education, an Accessibility 101 workshop with Arts Access, an orientation for Arts Day 2016 in Raleigh, and a special wine and dessert reception sponsored by Aloft Asheville Downtown followed by the Asheville Lyric Opera's presentation of The Magic Flute.
(Please note registration is required for most events on Friday. Visit ourwebsite for details on how to purchase tickets.)
Saturday, April 9 will take place in the Upper East Wing of the Asheville Art Museum. Several amazing individuals and organizations from Asheville will be helping us throughout the day by offering hands-on workshops, performances, and presentations. Here is a little taste of what to expect:

- Hands-on activity with Roots & Wings
- Performance by Attic Salt
- Presentation by TAPAS teaching artists and students
- Two Hood Tours offered by Hood Huggers International (purchase tickets)
- "The Business of Art" panel geared towards emerging artists and small businesses

"Business Costs and Breaking Even" Class

Business Costs and Breaking Even: A Bird's Eye View (ADVANCED CLASS, REGISTRATION REQUIRED!)
When: March 24, 4:00 - 7:00pm or June 8, 3:00 - 6:00pm

Where: AAAC at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue, Suite 143A

Explore startup, overhead, and variable costs, in order to learn how to calculate your break even point for success and growth!

Instructor Jodi Rhoden is the founder and former owner of Short Street Cakes in West Asheville, which she started as a home kitchen operation ten years ago and sold to an employee this year. With experience in the community food security movement, she brings a unique social justice perspective to her work with small-scale entrepreneurs. In her current work as a facilitator for Birds Eye Business Planning and a coach for Mountain Bizworks, Jodi specializes in social media and authentic marketing.
To register please e-mail:

Asheville Art in the Park Grant Recipients

Since 2013 Asheville Art in the Park and Asheville Area Arts Council have partnered to distribute The Asheville Art in the Park (AAitP) Arts & Community Grants. Grants are awarded by a diverse panel, based on the applicants ability to support existing strategic goals, enhance a public space, to ameliorate a social issue and strengthen neighborhood identity, all while displaying excellent craftsmanship. Grants are offered to qualifying committed artists in Western North Carolina in order to enhance public spaces and highlight the role of local artists within the community. AAitP is an event series that takes place downtown Asheville where over 60 craft vendors sell their products. These artists generously donate 10% of market profits to this grant and with their support AAAC has solicited additional matching funds to distribute more money to local arts businesses that apply for the grant.
We are excited to announce this year, four applicants were chosen to receive funding:

- Doreyl Ammons Cain for "Shindig on the Green Mural"
- The Asheville Urban Landscape Project
- Alinahh Ever with The Faerie Kin & Whole Tree Permaculture
- LEAF Community Arts for the "Asheville Global Citizens Project".

Upcoming AAAC closing

Please note that the AAAC will be closed Friday, March 25 - Monday, March 28 for Easter weekend.