Asheville Wordfest’s mission is to build and connect the diverse communities of WNC through the many forms of storytelling, increasing economic stability and growth by including all in a community conversation.
Arts & Culture
The Old Farmer’s Ball Dance is held every Thursday evening at Warren Wilson College, so grab your partner and head over for some good music and dancin’.
Adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a force in American craft that was originally backed by Edith Vanderbilt. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 11-acre property is now home to Grovewood Gallery, 8 working artist studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, and the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum.
American Folk Art & Framing is a small gallery, tucked on the edge of downtown Asheville representing approximately 25 artists and 12 potters. It opened in 2001 and has been an important core to the Asheville art community ever since.
Since 1984, Gallery of the Mountains has featured handmade crafts by more than 100 local and regional artists living in the Southern Appalachian region. Discover curated collections of artisan-made clothing, jewelry, home decor, unique gifts and Asheville-made mementos. Gallery of the Mountains is located in the Sammons Wing of The Omni Grove Park Inn, set atop Sunset Mountain in Asheville, NC.
As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Museum is pleased to offer free admission from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Asheville Gallery of Art features original oils, watercolors, acrylics, lithographs and etchings by area artists.
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance brings innovative dance to the community of Asheville as well as the state of North Carolina through concert performances; collaborations with local and nationally known artists and arts organizations; and outreach programs for children of all cultural and economic backgrounds designed to delight, enlighten and educate.
Among their goals is to develop community strategies that will enhance WNC’s role in the handmade field. A very complete site, includes their newsletter.
LYLAS, Asheville’s first all-female sketch comedy troupe. Written, directed, and performed by women, but performed for all genders without any pesky political or social messages, LYLAS is just plain funny. [email protected]
Located in historic Grovewood Village adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery offers two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. The gallery also boasts an outdoor sculpture garden and presents rotating exhibitions and local artist demonstrations throughout the year. Learn more at grovewood.com.
The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. We perform a monthly live magic show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” acts as a fundraiser for the non-profit and showcases the talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them.
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center provides a source of inspiration to artists, educators and the general public.
Pan Harmonia is an independent repertory company based in Asheville, North Carolina, directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck. Nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, educational residencies and community outreach.
Designed to promote international understanding, this program has matched Asheville with several other cities of the world.
We provide a place for women’s emotional, creative, and spiritual nourishment, healing, and support, as we celebrate the unity, diversity, & empowerment of women through music.
Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.
Asheville’s arts-focused community — home to generations of writers, musicians and artists — has sustained the Asheville Symphony for nearly 60 years, embracing the orchestra’s endless creativity, artistic expression and collaborative explorations.
Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just east of Asheville, the SHCG displays the crafts of artists of the Appalachians.
The Asheville Quilt Guild consists of over three hundred members. They have a diverse membership with newcomers joining all the time. The Guild started in 1988 when the organizers of Asheville’s terrific street fair, Bele Chere, asked a group of local quilters to organize a quilt show for the fair. This “seed group” thought it was high time a local Guild got going, and the Asheville Quilt Guild was born.
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville. NC Stage is a local hit, having won the 2005 Mountain Xpress Best Local Theatre Company award as well as producing many stellar successful productions. All performances at NC Stage Company Theatre, located on Walnut Street.
The Asheville Area Arts Council was founded more than forty years ago as a community arts council serving the needs of Western North Carolina. Designed as an umbrella service organization, AAAC is dedicated to developing cultural resources, city and audience development, fund raising and grant allocations, and administrative assistance.
Song O’Sky Chorus invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary.