The Ashe County Arts Council recently celebrated 37 years of leadership in using the arts to enrich the cultural life of the region. Inspiration, dedication, vision, and hard work have all contributed to the richness that abounds with the arts in Ashe County.
The Arts Council was founded in 1977 and has shown slow, steady, sustained growth throughout its thirtysix year history. The non-profit organization operates with a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board, and a large core group of volunteers who provide an important component to the arts services we provide the county. The Arts Council is unusual in that it is not a membership based organization, but philosophically our belief is that everyone is a part of the arts.
The Arts Council has a staff of one part-time and two full-time employees, and they operate two buildings in Ashe County. The historic WPA building, the Ashe Arts Center, in downtown West Jefferson, houses the offices for the Arts Council, The Gallery, and Gallery Shop. The Ashe Civic Center, a 300 seat theatre space, also serves as the home of the Ashe County Little Theatre. These two facilities offer numerous options for arts programming under the Arts Council’s leadership.
The Ashe County Arts Council sponsors:
- Community concert series
- School arts programming with performances and residencies
- JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) Program
- Very Special Arts Festival and Spring Fest
- Christmas in July Festival Children’s Art Activities
- Gallery Crawls
- ARTS/DATES newsletter
- Arts District murals and public art
- Barn Quilt Project and Tours
- A Feast for the Arts
- On the Same Page Literary Festival
- Art on the Mountain, fall art and craft show
- Visual art exhibits in three spaces
- Saturday with Santa
- Regional Artist Project Grant for northwest North Carolina
- Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention
- Studio Tour
The Ashe County Arts Council enriches the cultural life of the region by nurturing and supporting the arts. The Arts Council believes that the arts enhance the quality of life for its citizens and is a tool for celebrating and preserving our cultural heritage.
The Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention celebrates and showcases the best of the region’s musical talent and heritage. We’re glad to continue the tradition begun by the Rotary Club of the Jeffersons in 1971 and we’re happy that you are a part of it with us!