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Craft and Community Vitality Grants
A series of community art days that allow people to come to the school, learn a new art or craft form from an experienced artist, and then have their work displayed here at the school as public art (both indoor and outdoor). These workshops will be led by the artists who participate in our monthly “Makers Series,” a new program started this year to bring together local makers to share ideas and talk about the challenges of being a working artist.
Built of local stone in 1943 on the site of a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School educated area youth for nearly seven decades. The historic structure, in the heart of the Cowee-Wests Mill Historic District, is now an arts and heritage center serving Western North Carolina residents and visitors. The purpose of Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center is to promote the teaching and preservation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Southern Appalachians and Cherokee people and to serve as a community resource and gathering place. We are a hub for the arts in our small community. The old classrooms are rented to individual artisan tenants who make, teach and sell out of their spaces. Our current tenants include a painter, pottery school, textile artist, felt artist, outdoor & cultural event company, Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy, and a Co-Workspace, which has tenants who teach basket weaving, quilting and yoga/wellness.
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