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]

Spring 2018 School Programming

CATS, HATS AND BOOKS, OH MY – A Seussasaurian Celebration! With Mark Daniel                                                                                                                             February 22-February 23
K-3 grades at Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary

AMERICAN TAPESTRY – The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution
March 1 – 2
4-6 grades at Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary

MIKE KELSEY – Think Like A Composer
March 12                                                                                
Two performances at Ashe County High School
One performances at Ashe Middle School

ZAK MORGAN – Songs, Reading, Imaging, I Can do It
March 28 – 29
K-3 grades at Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary

March 27, 29, April 10
4-6 grades at Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Westwood Elementary



SPRING FEST 2018   April 21

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls of all ages step right up to Amazing and Spectacular Fun Under Big Top! Hands on activities will allow the children and youth the opportunity to use their imaginations as they participate in over three dozen art projects. Create cavorting clowns, jaunty jugglers, magnificent magicians and more with a wonderful array of art techniques including origami, wood crafts, printmaking, clay sculpture, wire, silk screening, face painting and more!
Join us the the Early Learning Center on Saturday, April 21. This event is free and open to the public. Print a t-shirt for $5.  Enjoy festival food for a few dollars!


            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 at the Ashe Civic Center.  We have a fall and spring semester program.   The JAM program offers music to 3rd-8th grade students who want to learn to play banjo, guitar or fiddle.  The new fall signups will happen in May.

If you would like to be added to the email for JAM information please email

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, creative writing, music, dance, weaving, jewelry making, storytelling,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.