The Ashe JAM Program began in 2001, and since that time over 500 students have taken advantage of this unique program. JAM began in nearby Alleghany County under the leadership of well-known fiddler and musician Helen White. JAM programs operate throughout western North Carolina as well as in South Carolina and Virginia.
JAM provides students with a positive experience in the arts and offers them access to a lifetime activity. Keeping the traditions of the mountains alive and passing that love of music on to the next generation is important to the Arts Council. Funds raised from the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be used to support the Ashe Junior Appalachian Musicians Program for the coming school year.
JAM is supported by a Folklife Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and a grant from the Wayne Henderson Festival.