Ashe County Schools Programming


Ashe County Arts Council sponsors performances and arts residencies in the local schools. These cultural arts programs provide every student with an opportunity to experience the arts. Programs range from music, dance and drama to living and historic music traditions to origami and paper making instruction. Programs may involve residencies of 1-2 weeks in duration, or singles classes or performances.[divider]

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)

One of the many things to enjoy in Ashe County is the traditional old time music. Passing this musical tradition to the next generation is the purpose of the Ashe County sponsored Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program started in Ashe County in 2000.

The JAM program is available in partnership with Ashe County 4-H Afterschool program at Blue Ridge Elementary, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary schools. The JAM program offers music to 4th-6th grade students who want to learn to play banjo, guitar or fiddle.

JAM Club meets on Monday night and is open to former and current JAM students. JAM club students should be proficient in changing cords and playing with a group Students learn new music and practice playing as a band.[divider]

Mountain Arts Program (MAP)

The Mountain Arts Program (MAP) also sponsored by the Arts Council, brings artists to Ashe County Schools for hands-on experiences in clay, paper making, creative writing, music, dance, weaving, jewelry making, storytelling, opera, photography, puppetry and origami! MAP provides a spectacular diversity in arts experiences by bringing top quality professional performing and visual artists to western North Carolina counties.

The Missoula Cast


Eben Macknee, Riley Edmondson, Hannah Howell, Rowen Renfroe, Gracie Greene, Kaylee Ellison, Alec Dancy, Joel Day, Thomas Galloway, Aila Givens, Jesus Guzman, John Dillan Miller, Austin Smith, Jesse Smith, Jordan Carlton, Zoe Cullifer, Caden Dillard, Katie Orr, Amanda Steele and Ariel Worrell, Lauren Edmondson, Boadicea Nations, Camille Richardson, Cora Richardson, Olivia Stegall, Alicia Deardorff, Christopher Guzman, Abby Elliott, Karli Ellison, Lessie Hash, Ava Forman, Araylia Minor, Bailey Richardson, Emma Riggs, Loren Shimel, Eli Coldiron, Olivia Cooper, Evan Day, Abbie Dollar and Matthew Yount, Alyssa Day, Lany Elliott, Maggie Holmes, Ethan Lyons, Kira Minor, James Osborne, Caleb Richardson, Graydon Shepherd, Bradley Shimel, Jaylee Shoemake, Avary Scott, Joseph Scott and Ashara Weatherwax, Angelica Macknee and Martin Spencer