Due to COVID-19, the WCAC temporarily closed it's doors to visitors for the safety of our volunteers and community members. Having our doors closed meant that we could no longer offer in-person classes, workshops, gallery events, or gift shop hours. In other words, our main sources of income were stopped. Your generous donation will help us kick-start a new beginning and sponsor new programs, events, and opportunities. Thank you so much for helping us fulfill our mission of "Making The Arts A Presence In Our Community!"
The Cherry Johnson Legacy Fund was created in honor of our former Executive Director. Cherry retired after 28 years of service on August 1st, 2020. All funds donated here will go toward owing our own permanent building in the near future.
A letter from our Fundraising Committee:
Dear Friend of the Arts,
We invite you to become a pART of the Blue Ridge Art Space and let us introduce you to a variety of family-friendly programming showcasing the visual arts, crafts enrichment, music lessons, and educational workshops for adults and children. Our mission is to promote and encourage the cultural arts in Watauga County. Think of us as a gathering place accessible to all. As a member, you are directly supporting the arts and expanding our creative community. We are a cultural collective, providing a haven for residents and seasonal visitors to engage in a learning environment with professional instructors and cultural activities for all ages. Our helpful and welcoming staff includes an executive director, gallery space, gift shop, and partnerships with nationally known artists and advocates for increasing the cultural arts programming in our county. We are home to the Blue Ridge ArtSpace which functions as a vital county-wide resource for the cultural arts. The Grassroots Grants received from the North Carolina Arts Council helps fund educational outreach in public schools, Mountain Home Music, Southern Appalachian Historical Association and “Horn in the West,” The Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake, Artists-in-Residence at Edgewood Cottage, and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Individual artists benefit from Regional Project Grants that help with financial support to buy studio equipment, provide marketing, promotional assets, and housing to help them succeed and prosper.
Join us and become a valued member and supporter of the Watauga County Arts Council.