community Initiatives

The Center for Craft is an anchor arts institution in western North Carolina.

We are dedicated to ensuring a future for craft in Asheville, the Southeast, and the United States by investing in creative placekeeping efforts.

Creative Placekeeping

Keep AVL Creative – Artspace Affordable Housing

A community-wide initiative to develop affordable space solutions for regional artists, makers, performers, and creatives.

Community Partners:

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, UNC Asheville, Duke Energy Foundation, HomeTrust Bank, Diamond Brand Gear Company

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Photo: Molly Hart Milroy

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Broadway Cultural Gateway

A neighborhood planning project to transform the block surrounding 67 Broadway Street into a cultural gateway and arts destination that welcomes residents and visitors into downtown Asheville.

Community Partners:

Asheville Design Center, UNC Asheville, Asheville Downtown Association, City of Asheville

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Craft City

Asheville is a Craft City. From the mugs we make out of local clay to the beer we brew with seasonal produce, craft is everywhere. We value the local, entrepreneurial, small-batch, high quality, and handmade. If you are curious about craft, join us as we explore what makes Asheville a Craft City.

Community Partners:

Local makers, merchants, and restaurants

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More Craft City Events Coming Soon! Check out more upcoming events here

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Craft Your Commerce

A program created by the Center for Craft and offered through Mountain BizWorks that connects, elevates, and advances emerging and established makers/designers with craft-inspired businesses. The program includes a series of workshops, events, and cohort experiences.

Community Partners:

Mountain BizWorks, UNC Asheville

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Opening Reception

Fri, Aug 27, 5–7 PM

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Family Fun Day

Fri, Oct 13, 2–4 PM

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Creative placekeeping