—  The Jackson County Arts Council has moved to the second floor of the new Courthouse Library Complex.  Coinciding with the physical move, the JCAC is also changing its virtual address.  The new web address is www.jacksoncountyarts.org, and is still in development.  Grant forms and instructions for application are available at the website as well as membership information.  Residents of Jackson County and friends of the JCAC are invited to visit both sites.

“We are very excited about the new office of the Arts Council,” said Board President Victoria Casey-McDonald, “the new office is very accessible and is located on the second floor, just outside the Community Room.  We hope that people will stop in and say hello whenever they are attending an event in the complex.”  Casey-McDonald added that the Arts Council is actively seeking volunteers to help staff the office and represent the arts council whenever the Community Room is in use.  Anyone interested in assisting in this capacity can call the office at (828) 587- ARTS (2787) and their call will be returned by a board member with additional information.

The Jackson County Arts Council is actively seeking new member support to replace diminishing funds from traditional government agencies.  “We need members of the community who believe in the value of the arts to join us,” said Vice-President Sylvia Smythe.  “We will be calling on our friends to help us grow our membership base so that we can continue to support traditional venues for the arts as well as introduce new ones.”

The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 by Dr. Perry Kelly, former art professor and head of the Art Department at Western Carolina University.  The JCAC believes that exposure to the arts, and participation in the arts, are uniquely important to every community and should be encouraged and supported.  The Jackson County Arts Council is located in the Jackson County Courthouse Library complex and online at www.jacksoncountyarts.org.


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