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.


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.


ACAC has a staff of 3 full time employees, a 20 member board, an Advisory Board, & a large core of volunteers who provide an important component to the arts services we provide the county.


  • Wesley Barker
  • Michael Bell
  • Amber Dillingham
  • Lynne and Dave Eastburn
  • Karen Hall
  • Jane and John Maddocks
  • John MacConnell
  • Maggie McNeil
  • Dani Mory
  • Ellie Perzel
  • Kimberly Perzel
  • Barbara Sears
  • John and Lucy Smyre
  • Leila Spriggs
  • Becky Stragand
  • Pam Tapp
  • Matthew Thomas-Reid
  • Della Vodenicker

The Board of Advisors

  • Joy Campbell
  • Theresa Early Curd
  • Connie Hardison
  • Kathy Howell
  • Sharon Kasel


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