Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.
Arts & Culture
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]
Just across the street from the Omni Grove Park Inn lies a destination unlike any other: Grovewood Village, housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries. The 11-acre property, celebrating its centennial this year, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, a sculpture garden, Golden Fleece restaurant, and an antique car museum. Free parking on-site.
Gallery of the Mountains showcases American handmade crafts by more than 100 artists and craftspeople from the Southern Appalachian region. Shop curated collections of artisan-made clothing, jewelry, pottery, glass and more, and discover unique handcrafted gifts and holiday must-haves. The gallery is located in the Sammons Wing of The Omni Grove Park Inn. Be sure to visit their sister shop, Grovewood Gallery, located just across the street in historic Grovewood Village.
Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.
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’.
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.
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.
Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. 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. Please visit our website www.songosky.org or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!
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.
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.
Asheville Sister Cities
Designed to promote international understanding, this program has matched Asheville with several other cities of the world.
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.
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.
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. For more information of current prodcutions please visit www.ncstage.org or call the Box Office.
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.
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.
Our performances include hilarious segues characterized by G-rated humor reminiscent of Vaudeville days. Though centered in Asheville, our membership includes men from five western North Carolina counties. We enjoy a variety of vocal music activities throughout the area and take pride in our affiliation with the world’s largest singing fraternity—the Barbershop Harmony Society.
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.
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.
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.