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

Render of the Cherokee Parklet with mother and small child walking along it.

The Basket

The Center for Craft is working in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a public art parklet to preserve and advance the important craft legacy of western North Carolina.

Community Partners:

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


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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
A man's hand adding a lemon garnish to a cocktail.

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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