Art in Asheville: Creative Sector Summit is March 6-8

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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If the recent, heated Craigslist conversation over the arts in Asheville has you asking hard questions about our city’s art scene, a great place for some answers might be at this upcoming event, where anyone involved with the local art scene is asked to seek solutions, and invited to network and learn.

A task force event at the summit will call for local arts groups to work together to create competitive grant applications for national opportunities. According to Asheville Area Arts Council Executive Director Kitty Love, a coordinated effort has the potential to bring up to a million dollars into the arts in our community–every year–for projects that employ artists.

The summit’s back for a third year, and if you’re part of the local artistic community, maybe you should go: The 2013 event is Weds.-Fri, March 6-8 in downtown Asheville.

A three-day event meant to focus on the importance of the relationship between arts and economic development, it includes networking, “problem-solving,” presentations, workshops and an art reception and more.


From the Asheville Area Arts Council site:

The Creative Sector Summit is an initiative facilitated by the Asheville Area Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Asheville Art Museum, The Asheville Community Theater, Handmade in America, The Asheville HUB Project, Arts North Carolina, and affiliate organizations and individuals within the Asheville/Buncombe area Creative Sector.

The Creative Sector Summit is an opportunity for networking and creative problem solving: for cross pollination, education, creation of sector advocacy, collaboration on initiatives and programs, to maximize funding opportunities, and as an opportunity for non-arts organizations and economic drivers to work with the sector more effectively. With more and more national organizations realizing the incredible community building and economic development powers of creativity and the arts, it is imperative that Asheville (and beyond) galvanize and cooperate to make the most of the opportunities this recognition and its associated funds and resources represents.

The Creative Sector Summit 2013 focuses on the importance of the relationship between arts and economic development, by bringing into focus opportunities to create jobs in the arts and how to utilize the vitalizing qualities of arts and culture to building community and the economy. A feature of this year’s Summit is arts and culture based development, an exciting national trend building partnerships between local governments, economic drivers, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and private investors, to build vibrant American communities.

Tickets are $40 per person, with luncheon events and a panel available at an extra cost. There is a $10 discount offered to Asheville Area Arts Council members.

Lineup sample:

The Buncombe Cultural Task Force
A call for partners to create cultural Task Force, charging local governments, arts organizations, economic drivers, and the creative community to bring valuable resources to Buncombe County.
March 7th 1:30pm – 3:30pm
The Asheville Community Theatre

Living as Art: Creative Placemaking Panel
Creative Placemaking in Buncombe County
March 6th 1pm -3:30pm
Asheville Community Theatre
Stephanie Monson, urban planner with the City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development will moderate facilitated Q&A. Panelists:
Jack Cecil, Biltmore Farms
Rob Pulleyn, Marshall High Studios
Randy Shull, Pink Dog Creative
Wayne Martin, NC Arts Council
Chris Beecham, NC Arts Council
Cindy Visnich Weeks, Mountain Housing Opportunities
Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
Special presentation 3:00 -3:30 Arthur Fleming, 1st VP/Director of Community Investment Services, FHLBank Atlanta (click here for more information)

Creativity and Development Breakfast
Golden Belt:  A Case Study Blending Arts, Sustainability and Business
March 6th 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast at the Chamber Board Room, 2nd Floor, 36 Montford Avenue
Dr. Gary Kueber, CEO, Scientific Properties
Scientific Properties/Golden BELT

Initiatives and Opportunities in Arts Based Development
An overview of municipal plans and initiatives with opportunities for arts collaboration, and introduction to resources nationally and statewide for funding and technique.
March 7th 9:00am – 11:30am
The Asheville Community Theatre

Arts Advocacy Training with Arts North Carolina
With Karen Wells, Executive Director of Arts North Carolina
Handmade in America
125 S. Lexington Ave 28801

Summit info link


Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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1 Comment

  1. Arts Watcher March 1, 2013

    What were the results of the 1st Creative Sector Summit held in 2011?

    Why are they charging $40 for this?


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