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Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, the Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 to provide greater artistic exposure and opportunities for public school students. 

Today, the vision of the Jackson County Arts Council is to promote individual artists, foster appreciation of the arts, provide art education and inspire creativity in Jackson County.

JCAC believes exposure to and participation in the arts is a critical component in building community.

What We Do 

  • Promote excellence in artistic expression and citizen engagement in the arts through community cultural events.
  • Encourage a culture of creativity and help fuel economic development.
  • Support the arts at all levels, from school-age to adult.

Public School Students

The original goal – to foster the arts in the public schools – remains a top priority. JCAC serves as a key cultural resource for Jackson County students, working closely with local administrators to provide students artistic programs and other cultural opportunities.  Additionally, JCAC funds the Junior Appalachian Musician program, allowing students to learn and play music traditional to the mountain culture.


Artists of All Ages

Additionally, thanks to steady growth in financial resources and the support of a diverse membership, JCAC now offers residents of all ages, not just students, a variety of cultural programs and arts opportunities. JCAC funds groups and individual artists through scholarships and grants. It also promotes the work of local artists by overseeing shows, on rotation, in the community’s high-profile Rotunda Gallery. 

We invite you to learn more – become a member and support the arts.
Together, we can create a bright future for the citizens of Jackson County.

Special recognition to Founder Dr. Perry Kelly, art professor and head of the Art Department at WCU for many years.

Our Board

Hope Huskey, President

Eli Colins-Brown, Vice President

Eli Ramirez, Secretary

Anita Finger-Smith, Treasurer

Amelia Bryan, Public Relations

Kloo Hansen

Caroline LeBoeuf

Josh Mursch

Robin Swayney

Benjamin Woody

Board Meetings

The Jackson County Arts Council Board of Directors meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Library Annex Conference Room.


Apply to be a Board Member

We are currently seeking new Arts Council Board Members!
Please click the following Google Form link to apply.

Board Member Application

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