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Transylvania Community Arts Council

Transylvania Community Arts Council

349 S. Caldwell Street Brevard, NC 28712

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Jaki Shelton Green
North Carolina Poet Laureate

March 21 - 23
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In conjunction with our With Unity exhibit, we are excited to welcome Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, back to the Arts Council and our community. Jaki is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Jaki is also Poet in Residence at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh.

Events planned during Jaki's visit and open to the public include:

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, March 22, 10am-Noon: In this workshop, Jaki will lead participants in ekphrastic poetry writing, or writing in response to works of art. The current exhibit, With Unity, is on display in the Arts Council Gallery and will serve as starting point for the workshop. Due to space limitations, this workshop will be limited to 20 attendees. Click here to register.

An Evening with Jaki Shelton Green

Wednesday, March 22, 7pm: Join us at the Arts Council for this poetry reading and reception that is open to the public. The reading will begin at 7pm in the Arts Council Gallery, and will be followed by a Question/Answer period and a reception. During the reception, Jaki will sign books (available for purchase onsite) and visit with guests. Registration is not required to attend.

Our Mothers' Gardens: Alice Walker Short Stories

Thursday, March 23, 10am-Noon: Join us at the Arts Council for a discussion of Alice Walker's short stories, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," and "Everyday Use." Jaki will lead the discussion as we explore how activities such as gardening and quilting have helped built a sense of community that crosses racial and economic differences." Click here to register.

With Unity
an exhibition of fine art and craft
March 3 - April 1

Opening Reception - March 10
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We are thrilled to host the second annual "With Unity" exhibit and related events in March. The exhibit will open on Friday, March 3, and close on Saturday, April 1. "With Unity" is the Arts Council's annual multicultural exhibit and related events, which will again this year feature a visit from Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate.

"With Unity" is curated by Billy Smith, local artist/educator and Vice President of the Arts Council. In his curatorial state, Smith explains: 

With Unity celebrates Black history as American history. Black history can no longer

be boxed up into one month of celebration. It deserves to be included, embraced, and

finally understood. 


With Unity also celebrates Diversity in our cultures. No matter what race, creed or

gender, your voice can be heard through your Art, and that is what unifies us. 


Art is a language that crosses all color lines. It can open lines of communication that

have been silenced or that go against the grain of societal normalcy.  Art breaks

down walls of separation and builds bridges of inclusion.  It brings us to the

understanding of Unity!

Artists participating in the exhibit include Lee Castidario, Olga Dorenko, Elizabeth Ivey, Andrea Kulish, Stephen Rapp, Kyley Shurrona, Shawnaizja Simmons, Billy Smith, Linda Voltz.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, March 10, from 5pm to 7pm. Stop by to meet the artists, visit with other arts enthusiasts and patrons, and enjoy refreshments, all while experiencing the sights and sounds of the exhibit.

Arts Academy
Classes for Adults
Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Decorating 
with Andrea Kulish
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The Arts Council is excited to welcome artist Andrea Kulish back to Brevard on Wednesday, March 15th, to lead a workshop in the creation of beautifully decorated eggs using the Ukrainian pysanky process. Andrea's workshop is part of our "With Unity" exhibit and related events.

Andrea is a first-generation Ukrainian-American who, as a young child, learned to make pysanky from her mother, an art teacher.

Click on the flyer to learn more about Kulish and pysanky, and to register for this workshop.

Ceramics Studio Program
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Alia has another great ceramics class scheduled for our teens & tweens! Join her for this 4-week wheel class and learn the basics of wheel throwing along with making a mug from start to finish!  Classes begin Tuesday, February 28th, at 4pm! Click the flyer above to register.

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We don't want the teens & tweens to have all the fun, so we're also offering this full 4-session wheel class for adults!  Join Alia for this class and improve your wheel throwing skills while constructing that special  mug (or two) for your morning coffee!  Classes begin Tuesday, March 7th, at 2pm! Click the flyer above to register.

Open Studio

Open Studio sessions are available in February on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Open Studio sessions are available to current and former students, but advanced registration is required.

Click here to learn more.

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2023 Summer Arts Academy
Save the Dates!

The Arts Council staff and board are busily planning the 2023 Summer Arts Academy, and we want you to have the dates now so that you can plan your summer as well! We're excited to offer 6 one-week session of Arts Academy in 2023. The dates are:

Session 1: June 19 - 23

Session 2: June 26 - 30

Session 3: July 10 - 14

Session 4: July 17 - 21

Session 5: July 31 - August 4

Session 6: August 7 - 11

As soon as class selections are finalized, we'll update the website, so Stay Tuned!


Support the Arts in Transylvania County

Thank you for visiting the Transylvania Community Arts Council’s website. Now more than ever, TC Arts needs your support as we face significant challenges to our programs and public events.  In these uncertain times, YOU can help to support the future of the arts in Transylvania County by making a donation. Your generosity will allow us to continue our mission to enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.  

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City of Brevard Public Art Policy​

"In order to beautify public areas, enhance the quality of life for Brevard citizens, attract tourism, promote arts and culture, and encourage businesses to locate within the city, thus expanding Brevard’s economic base, it is the policy of the City of Brevard to promote public art, where appropriate, through the implementation of a clarified process and design guidelines."

In February 2021, the Brevard City Council adopted a Public Art Policy and Application Process, which defines "public art" as "art on publicly- or privately-owned non-residential property that is visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways to be approved by City Council prior to installation."

To learn more about the Public Art Policy and Application Process, see the links below.


Celebrate Art in Transylvania County

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Current Events

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council celebrates and nurtures the creative spirit of all artists throughout the County.

Art Gallery
Art Gallery

The TC Arts gallery space in the Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts up to twelve exhibitions a year featuring local and regional artists. Visit our beautiful art Gallery (Gallery hours are listed below).

Art Classes
Art Classes

With after-school and Saturday classes, the Arts Academy is designed to provide a rich experience for our students. Spring classes will be announced soon.

Arts in Schools
Transylvania Community Arts Council
Arts In Schools
News & Events

Students in the Transylvania County School system receive curriculum-related performances/ artist in residency programs.  Every student receives...

Arts & Culture Celebration, Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks, Duck Race, Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase, Transylvania County Student Art Show, Summer Arts Academy and the Art Auction...

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