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August 2, 2022

Media Contact: Carolina Crupi, Asheville Area Arts Council Assistant Director,, (828) 222-0436

Arts Council Puts the Arts Center Stage this Election Season


August 2, 2022 – Asheville, N.C. | The Asheville Area Arts Council announces the Creative Sector Series–  5 events running from September 2022 to February 2023 centered on local arts impacts and challenges.

The Creative Sector Series opens with three Arts AVL Town Hall Candidate Forums on September 7, September 28, and October 12. Each event will begin with a 45-minute mix-and-mingle in the lobby and courtyard of the Wortham Center, followed by a moderated Q&A with State, County, and City candidates in the Tina McGuire Theatre. These forums are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The series continues with the State of the Arts Brunch on November 2 at The Orange Peel. At this sit down brunch, arts advocates will learn about the state of the creative sector in Buncombe County, and hear from City and County leaders about local arts support. The John Cram Arts Leadership Award (“The Crammy”)– named after local entrepreneur and philanthropist John Cram– will also be presented at this event to an individual who has made a large contribution to the arts locally. Tickets to the State of the Arts Brunch are $45 and go on sale later this month.

The Creative Sector Series concludes with the Arts AVL Town Hall Meet & Greet in February 2023 at the Asheville Art Museum. The arts community will gather once more to become better acquainted with the newly appointed State, County, and City officials. The Asheville Area Arts Council will also share the 2022-2023 arts policy agenda. This event is free and open to the public. Registration will open closer to the event.

“As Buncombe County’s #1 arts advocate, Asheville Area Arts Council is putting the arts center stage during this election season,” says Asheville Area Arts Council executive director Katie Cornell. “Through this event series we hope to enlighten candidates about the important role our local creative sector plays as a community and economic driver, hear candidate’s views on arts issues, and foster relationships between elected officials and arts leaders.”

To learn more about the Creative Sector Series, and to register for the upcoming events, visit



Founded in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is the designated arts agency for Buncombe County. Their mission is to keep the arts at the heart of our community. AAAC fulfills this mission by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through advocacy, public art, and services for creatives. Visit the arts council’s website to learn more:

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