Grassroots Arts Program Award Recipients Announced

Paint brushes on a canvas.
Anna Kolosyuk

Over 35 arts nonprofit organizations in Buncombe County received funding totaling $75,500 through the Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) from the Asheville Area Arts Council.

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 a $50,000 COVID Recovery grant from Buncombe County. Awards focused on operating support for organizations significantly impacted the pandemic, with most funding being allocated to support jobs. The Asheville Area Arts Council has been administering this grant to arts organizations across Buncombe County for over 40 years.

Buncombe County’s 74 Creative Industries dropped 16 percent from 2019 to 2021, a loss of 2,270 jobs. The greatest job losses were largely primary creative jobs (70%), those categorized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as QCEW. Additionally, museums and nonprofit arts organizations experienced up to 14 months of closure due to mandatory health restrictions.


“The arts council is pleased to award much needed funding to these organizations, and we are incredibly grateful to the NC Arts Council and Buncombe County for their support” said Asheville Area Arts Council executive director Katie Cornell.

Below are the 2022 Award Recipients:

– Arts For Life
– Asheville Art Museum
– Asheville Community Theatre
– Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
– Asheville Puppetry Alliance/Street Creature Puppet Collective
– Asheville Symphony Society, Inc.
– Asheville Writers in the Schools & Communities
– Attic Salt Theatre Company
– Aurora Studio & Gallery, Inc.
– Black Mountain Center for the Arts
– Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
– Blue Ridge Orchestra
– Center for Craft
– Connect Beyond Festival
– Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
– Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
– Hola Carolina
– I AM HOME Art Community
– Immediate Theatre Project
– LEAF Global Arts
– Local Cloth
– The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company
– Montford Park Players
– Noir Collective AVL
– North Carolina Glass Center
– North Carolina Stage Company
– The Old Depot Association
– Open Hearts Art Center
– Pack Place Performing Arts
– Playground Stage Children’s Theatre
– Revolve
– Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance
– Warrior Moms
– Weaverville Art Safari
– Western North Carolina Historical Association
– Womansong of Asheville
– Youth Arts Empowered

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