Services for Creatives

Arts organizations were among the first to have to close their doors, and many have suffered substantial losses. Our latest impact survey shows $23.1 million in losses from the 179 arts businesses and professionals that completed it. Additionally, many artists and gig workers have found themselves without any employment virtually overnight. For perspective, there are (were) almost 500 arts organizations and nearly 10,000 creative jobs in Buncombe County before the pandemic.

As the designated county arts agency for Buncombe County, our role is to provide support and resources to local artists and arts organizations, and during these uncertain times, we are working hard to do just that.

AAAC immediately launched a COVID-19 resource page. We are keeping it up-to-date with the latest news and information, and sharing this information through our social media channels, newsletters, and through direct outreach. We have also distributed several impact surveys, and are using these results to advocate on behalf of the sector at the local, state, and federal levels.

Resources & Relief
Wear Wash Wait
Impact Surveys
We Vote Arts

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Our mission is to keep the arts at the heart of our community.

Since 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council has been supporting the arts in Buncombe County. We are the second oldest arts council in the state of North Carolina and one of the oldest in the United States. We fulfill our mission by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through:

Advocacy: data collection, reports, policy initiatives, education, representation, partnerships, and special events

Public Art: free, inclusive, and accessible art for all

Services for Creatives: professional development, grants, job and opportunity listings



Nonprofit Arts Organization ($350-$500/ year)
Forprofit Arts Organization ($500-$650/ year)


Individual ($8.50/month or $100/year)
Dual ($17/month or $200/year)
Corporate ($500-$1,000/ year)