On February 28, 1972, a group of fifty-two local residents created the McDowell Arts Council Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. These people were proud of their local, artistic heritage and wanted to share this legacy while promoting local artists and enriching cultural life in McDowell County. Thirty-five years later, the arts council continues to encourage local artists providing gallery space, a retail shop, teaching opportunities and theater space for the performing arts.
McDowell County is proud to be a part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Designated by Congress as a unique and special section of the country, McDowell artisans contribute their skills and knowledge of mountain crafts such as pottery, wood working, quilting, iron work, music, storytelling, weaving, basket making, dancing and more.
We invite you to join us, along with our forty plus artist members, in supporting the arts in McDowell County. Contact us at 828-652-8610 or firstname.lastname@example.org for membership information.