Arts Council History

The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 by Dr. Perry Kelly, art professor and head of the Art Department at WCU for many years.  The council’s primary interest was providing more artistic exposure and opportunities for school students via the public schools.

Today, with an increased budget and many more supportive members, JCAC regularly funds many local groups and individual artists through scholarships and grants.

The original goal of increasing artistic exposure and opportunities within the public schools has remained a high priority. However, the means to achieve these goals has expanded over the years, increasing the effectiveness of the initial goals, as well as peripherally enhancing other projects, goals and groups of citizenry.

In March, 2011, a new era began for the JCAC as they occupied their beautiful and centrally located office in the newly completed Jackson County Public Library, a 20,000 square foot addition to the historic court house in downtown Sylva, the seat of Jackson County. This new location is more visible and accessible to the public, thus facilitating the accomplishment of mission goals.