Grassroots Arts Program funds 42 local nonprofits

Press release from Asheville Area Arts Council:

Over 40 arts nonprofit organizations in Buncombe County received funding totaling $194,658 from the Asheville Area Arts Council through the Grassroots Arts Program.

This year’s grant is made possible by the Grassroots Arts Program of North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, and an Arts and Culture Block Grant from  Buncombe County Government. The grant provides programmatic and operating support for nonprofit arts organizations in Buncombe County. Grants ranged from $2,500-7,500 dollars depending on the size of the organization. Multicultural programs and organizations located outside of the City of Asheville received special consideration.

The Buncombe County Arts and Culture Block grant comes on the heels of an arts-sector relief grant program funded by Buncombe County earlier this year with its COVID Recovery Funds. “We recognize that the arts directly contribute to our resident well-being as well as a vibrant economy, two focus areas of our 2025 Strategic Plan. Block grants like these, along with COVID Recovery Funds dedicated to the arts sector, help ensure that we keep art at the heart of our Buncombe County community.” said Buncombe County strategic partnerships director Rachael Nygaard.

The Asheville Area Arts Council has been administering this grant to arts organizations across Buncombe County for over 40 years, and aligns the Arts Council’s goals of supporting artists and arts organizations, and making the arts more accessible in Asheville and Buncombe County. “We are incredibly grateful to the NC Arts Council and Buncombe County for their support, which has allowed us to offer larger grants to more organizations, and ensure greater arts access for all Buncombe County residents,” said Asheville Area Arts Council executive director Katie Cornell.

Below are the 2022-23 Award Recipients:

American Myth Center
Arts For Life
Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.
Asheville Choral Society
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
Asheville Fringe Society
Asheville Music Professionals
Asheville Music School
Asheville Puppetry Alliance
Asheville Symphony Society, Inc.
Asheville Writers In The Schools & Communities
Attic Salt Theatre Company
BeLoved Asheville
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Blue Ridge Orchestra
Connect Beyond Festival
Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
Different Strokes! PAC
Hola Carolina
I Am Home Art Community
Immediate Theatre Project
LEAF Global Arts
Local Cloth Inc.
Montford Park Players
MusicWorks Asheville
North Carolina Glass Center
North Carolina Stage Company
Open Hearts Art Center
Playground Stage Children’s Theatre
Raíces Emma-Erwin (Fiscal Agent: Colaborativa La Milpa)
Stewart Owen Dance (Fiscal Agent: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts)
The Asheville Darkroom
The Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design Inc.
The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company
Unete (Fiscal Agent: Asheville Creative Arts)
Urban Arts Institute
Western North Carolina Historical Association
Womansong of Asheville, Inc.
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

For additional information about the Grassroots Arts Program Grants, as well as additional grant opportunities provided by the Asheville Area Arts Council, please visit

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