OUR MISSION

Ashe County Arts Council exists to enrich the cultural life of the region by nurturing and supporting the arts.

The Arts Council offers leadership, collaboration & growth through the arts. The ACAC operates two facilities in Ashe County. A historic WPA building, the Ashe Arts Center, in downtown West Jefferson, houses the offices for the Arts Council, The Gallery, & Gallery Shop. The Ashe Civic Center, a 282 seat theatre space, also serves as the home of the Ashe County Little Theatre. These 2 facilities offer numerous options for arts programming.  In addition to offering year-round art experiences in these spaces, Ashe County Arts Council offers programming at other sites such as the public school systems, the Ashe Park, the West Jefferson Farmers Market, and other community spaces.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

As a non-profit organization the ACAC operates with a Board of Directors reflective of Ashe County’s population. The ACAC is unusual in that we are not a membership based organization, but feel philosophically that everyone is a part of the Council.

OUR TEAM

ACAC has a staff of 3 full time employees, a 24 member board, an Advisory Board, & a large core of volunteers who provide an important component to the arts services we provide the county.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

  • Michael Bell
  • Ashley Bostian
  • Theresa Early Curd
  • Amber Dillingham
  • Lynne and Dave Eastburn
  • Richard Edmondson
  • Karen Hall
  • Kathy Howell
  • Eva Ingle
  • Jane and John Maddocks
  • John MacConnell
  • Dani Mory
  • Barb Naser
  • Ellie Perzel
  • Kimberly Perzel
  • Lynn Rees-Jones
  • Barbara Sears
  • John and Lucy Smyre
  • Leila Spriggs
  • Becky Stragand
  • Pam Tapp
  • Tom Truxal
  • Della Vodenicker

The Board of Advisors

  • Joy Campbell
  • Connie Hardison
  • Sharon Kasel

Staff

  • Joni Ray, Executive Director
  • Linda Dreyer, Director of Operations
  • Rebecca Williams, Program Director