Funny thing about the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even when you perch on a lofty peak or hike a wooded trail, you’re never far from rollicking musical theater, soaring orchestral strains and très chic art galleries. From the lively Asheville arts scene to a glassworker’s quaint studio, art and nature dance a lively jig in the Blue Ridge.
The McDowell Arts Council Association was created by the community to share the legacy of local, artistic heritage while promoting local artists and enriching cultural life in McDowell County. The arts council encourages local artists by providing gallery space, a retail shop, teaching opportunities and theater space for the performing arts. As part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, McDowell artisans contribute their skills and knowledge of mountain crafts such as pottery, wood working, quilting, iron work, music, storytelling, weaving, basket making, dancing and more.
The Madison County Arts Council is a community based nonprofit cultural organization surrounded by unparalleled beauty, which provides the backdrop for a wide variety of artist, craftspeople and community events. With two exhibit spaces and a fine listening room, MCAC provides services, presents and produces culturally diverse programming for the public. The Council promotes the arts at the local level, endeavoring to make them a part of the daily fabric of community living.