Your contributions make it possible for the Watauga Arts Council, a volunteer-driven and donor-supported nonprofit, to advocate, educate, engage, and inspire Art within our community. We have a renewed focus to unite the community around the Arts. We are building vital relationships with community leaders, artists and arts organizations in order to strengthen the artist community in the High Country. We can't do this alone! Your support will help the arts in Watauga County to thrive!
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 our building fund.
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.