Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Awarded Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership Grant


The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $5,000 to the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, to support research and planning of a new exhibition on the role of women in the Craft Revival.

Tentatively titled “History of Craft Development Among Appalachian Women,” the exhibition will focus on the influence of women immigrants to Southern Appalachia on female craft artists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In this grant cycle, the BRNHA Partnership awarded 22 grants totaling $170,000 in funding to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.

“We appreciate and are grateful for all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the region to preserve our heritage and improve our communities,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. “This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive—we had 52 applicants and some great projects presented, but we simply could not fund them all.”

Funded by the federal dollars the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.

Grants were also awarded to:

John C. Campbell Folk School: $10,000 for renovations and improvements to the interpretive Rivercane Walk and Little Brasstown Creek Park on the school campus

Penland School of Crafts: $10,000 to establish a rotating interpretive exhibit about the school’s craft heritage in the visitor center on campus

Surry Arts Council: $5,000 for sound system and exhibit improvements at the Earle Theatre/Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in Mount Airy

All of the grant awards will be matched with local or state funding and donated services.

Since its inception in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, a public charity, has awarded 133 grants totaling over $1.9 million and leveraging another $4.2 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. These grants have funded projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

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