Request for Artists for Colorfest

JCAC Current Members – Request for Artists

This year, members of the Jackson County Arts Council have been invited to set up in the yard across the street from Dogwood Crafters selling their art work at the 10th annual Colorfest festival in Dillsboro.  This will be a great opportunity for the festival visitors to meet you and see your work as well as the chance to visit amongst each other. If you are not a current member or if you need to renew your membership, please click here to do so before inquiring about reserving a space for members.  Please contact Brenda Anders for more information about reserving a space.

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RAPG Grant Applications

Applications open for Regional Artist Project Grants!!! We encourage Jackson County artists to apply for this funding.

This Regional Artist Project grant (RAPG) is funded by the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers & the Greater Plateau, Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council, and the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc., with matching dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Grants in this consortium are available to artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists (i.e., guitar duo, jazz quartet, bluegrass band) are eligible. An artist must have residence in the region for at least one year to be eligible. Previous RAPG recipients must wait two years before being eligible to reapply. Projects must take place between December 2018 and June 2019.

To apply for funding, fill out the following application and return to the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Mailed applications should be sent to Haywood County Arts Council, P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline for submissions is October 5, 2018. If you have questions, email

2018 Annual Members Meeting

Public Notice of Annual Members Meeting

The Jackson County Arts Council cordially invites all current members of the Jackson County Arts Council, local and state officials and executive members of art centers and educational institutions to our 2018 Annual Members Meeting on Monday, June 25th from 6p – 8p. This event will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Annex. A small reception will follow in the Atrium downstairs. We will have staff on site to help you join or renew your sponsorship of the JCAC for the FY 2018-2019 (July-June).

This year the JCAC has been able to sponsor many different events, artists, organizations and art forms throughout our community. We have also purchased a Baby Grand Piano for community use in the JC Public Library Community Room. We look forward to sharing with you some of the amazing things we have supported on your behalf. We will also offer entertainment during the evening and a small reception to say THANK YOU for supporting the arts in Jackson County.

Schedule of Events

6:00p – 6:15p Welcome/Intro of Board Members    Gayle Woody

6:15p – 6:45p   Entertainment                    JAM Kids (and Instructors)

6:45p – 7:00p   Meeting                                 Gayle Woody

7:00p – 7:30p   Entertainment                             TBD

7:30p – 8:00p   Reception in Atrium           Board Members

The vision of Jackson County Arts Council is to promote individual artists, foster appreciation of the arts, provide art education and inspire creativity in Jackson County. With the support of the NC Arts, local government and community members, JCAC supports artists and organizations that contribute to our cultural heritage. Your membership gives our citizens the opportunity to explore our unique cultural legacy and keep that legacy alive for future generations. You are essential for our success.

For further information or questions, please contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 828-507-9820 or by email at

Christmas Concert

Yona Wade – Soloist

The Jackson County Arts Council proudly presents a CHRISTMAS CONCERT featuring Yona Wade, soloist. He will be accompanied by Tracey Bailey, pianist and Kathy McConnell and Kitty Brooks as guest artists. They will be singing traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

Yona Wade, Director of the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center, Public Relations, and Development has been with Cherokee Central Schools since 2009. Previously with Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., Mr. Wade has knowledge of the Arts and Crafts of the Cherokee, as well as comes from a long line of basket makers.  Mr. Wade serves on the Jackson County Arts Council in addition to various community councils and committees.  Mr. Wade is a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and a Salzburg Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar.  Yona is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelors of Music from the School of Music and Masters of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management, from the school of Design and Production.  Mr. Wade resides in the Paint Town community of Cherokee, NC and is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

This Christmas concert is open to the public and is free of charge. Please join us on Monday December 11 from 6p – 7p in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library. For more information please contact the Jackson County Arts Council at or (828)507-9820.

David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries comes to the WCU Bardo Arts Center

The Western Carolina University College of Fine and Performing Arts, the WCU School of Stage and Screen, and the WCU Bardo Arts Center presents The Santaland Diaries by NPR comic genius David Sedaris December 7-9 in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre with a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each production includes a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, two free drinks, and a special “parents night out” opportunity. More details below.

This outrageous holiday comedy is based on David Sedaris’ beloved humorous and autobiographical essays, The Santaland Diaries, which have been adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The play stars Crumpet, a rebel without a “Clause” who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint at a Macy’s Department Store, working in Santaland for the holiday season, as a reluctant, but relentlessly cheerful, elf. “Crumpet”shares his observations from one chaotic December in Santaland featuring aggressive parents and drunken Santas, to flirtatious actors, poor hygiene, and the racially charged hazards of being a “Pointer Elf.” Enjoy this wry and witty look at the combination of retail nightmare and theatrical spectacle that is the holiday season, a sharp, narrowly observed dark comedy.

This perfect holiday treat for grownups stars local actor Colin Wasmund and features student actors Ryan Albinus, Callista Brown, and Helen Miller. Tickets are $30 each and include a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres and two free drinks. Also available each night of the performance is our “Parents Night Out” opportunity – bring your children to the performance and drop them off with the WCU School of Art and Design’s Art Education Club for an evening of holiday themed art (marble/stamped wrapping paper, wreaths, reindeer head busts) and tasty treats! This opportunity is only $15 per student and is available for up to 40 students per evening.

The production runs from December 7-9, with a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 p.m in the Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium and the performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre. For tickets and further information please visit, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office, or call Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bardo Arts Center is located at 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723.