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Chris Aluka Exhibition

An exhibition by Atlanta-based photographer, Chris Aluka Berry (with commentary by Marie T. Cochran) will be displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of the Jackson County library February through March.

Marie T. Cochran, is a former WCU faculty member and founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project.

Cochran and Berry are collaborators on a regional documentary initiative on African Americans in the Appalachian region and recipients of a grant from the “We Shall Overcome Fund” under the auspices of the Highlander Center for Research and Education.

A related community event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2 – 4pm at the Jackson County Public Library Community Room.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” celebrates Black History Month in Jackson County (NC) and serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of Victoria Casey McDonald.

The event will include musical guests, a Story Circle of shared memories featured friends, family and former students, moderated by Marie T. Cochran.

For additional information, please contact Victoria’s daughter, Faustine McDonald Wilson, owner of Survival Pride clothing at or Marie T. Cochran at

Jackson County Arts Council Receives Grant Funding From the North Carolina Arts Council and Jackson County Commissioners

The Jackson County Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for the Jackson County community and schools this fiscal year.

The arts council received two Arts in Education grants.  A cARTwheels grant for $7,000 which is sponsoring a production of “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart” for the Jackson County Schools on October 26th.  The other Arts in Education grant for $7,500 will sponsor the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.  This is an after school program held at Cullowhee Valley School and is open to students in the Jackson County School system.  

The arts council also received two Arts in Communities grants.  The Grassroots Arts Program which provided $15,564 to help sponsor other local organizations in the community who provide arts programs and events in Jackson County.  The organizations that received sponsorship this year through the grant are:  Western Carolina Community Chorus, Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, CuRve, Blue Ridge Early College, Jackson County Visual Arts Association, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Sylva Baptist Church after school art programs, Jackson County Farmer’s Market Art in the Park, Junior Appalachian Musicians, WNC Pottery Festival, Mountain Heritage Day artists, Jackson County Senior Center art programs, ColorFest in Dillsboro, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and WCU Art Education Club.

The Regional Artist Project grant for $2,500 was also received to award individual artists for artistic projects.  This grant is available for individual artists from Macon, Graham, Haywood, Clay, Cherokee and Jackson Counties who apply for the award.  This grant is matched by contributions from each county who is part of the consortium.

The Jackson County Commissioners also provided $10,000 in grant funding to the arts council to sponsor arts programming and workshops for the Jackson County community.  All arts events and programs by the arts council are offered free of charge to the community.  The arts council will be presenting Artists Talks on the second Monday of each month in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library Complex as well as concerts and art/theater workshops throughout the year.

The Jackson County Arts Council thanks the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Commissioners for their support and for keeping art alive in Jackson County.

To learn more about the Jackson County Arts Council, visit their website at, email: or call: 828-507-9820.


JCAC Grassroots Sponsorships for 2016-17 are Now Available

The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for
Grassroots sponsorship for 2016-17.  Grassroots Sponsorships are awarded
to organizations in all cultural disciplines through a competitive
application and review process. This sponsorship program is funded in part
by the North Carolina Arts Council and by the fundraising efforts of the
Jackson County Arts Council.  The deadline for applications is June 30,

Grassroots sponsorships are intended to:
•     Provide modest funding for events/projects and publicity/advertising for
Artist Groups/ Artist organizations that will enhance the presence of art
events in Jackson County
•     Support opportunities for Jackson County residents to participate in new
and thought-provoking art events in MUSIC, VISUAL ART, THEATER, DANCE, and
•     Celebrate the traditional arts and cultures of Jackson County as well as
the multicultural aspect of arts in general.

Interested organizations can apply by downloading the application on the
JCAC website: and sending the application to 310
Keener Street, Sylva, NC 28779.  For more information, contact the Jackson
County Arts Council at 828-507-9820.