EDC: Arts & Culture

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Arts & Culture

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Asheville's Symphony, Opera and Ballet to Moog Music, Film and Handcrafted Arts

The Asheville region is highly regarded & nationally known as a center for art. Asheville, NC was named a "Top Small City for Art" by American Style Magazine. Its vibrant music scene showcases vocal, instrumental, theatre, and entertainment arts. The region’s remarkable outdoor beauty and unique cultural charm of the mountains contributes naturally to the creative venture and independent spirit.
In eclectic Echo Mountain Recording Studio, musicians utilize digital or analog capability with state-of-the-art options for sound enhancement. Highly talented artists have recorded music within these studio walls. Enriching the wide variety of music venues and alternatives in the region, the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera and Ballet Conservatory of Asheville offer cultured and sophisticated occasion for followers and enthusiasts, while mountain culture continues the unique tradition of the complex Appalachian bluegrass sound. A nod to the city’s prominent indie music scene, Rolling Stone Magazine named The Orange Peel one of the Top 5 Rock Clubs in America.
Festivals across art genres occur throughout the year featuring exciting attractions like Moogfest with a contagious, upbeat energy. Alternatively, many distinguished novelists have found inspiration amidst the peaceful mountain views and ambling rivers. Noteworthy literature has produced such well-known authors as Thomas Wolfe, Charles Frazier, and John Ehle, as well as the legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald, who often spent summers in the area.

River Arts District, Music Venues, Asheville Breweries: The perfect recipe for a dynamic city.

Longstanding, well-established organizations such as the Asheville Film Society and Asheville Area Arts Council serve to work closely with area artists and assist with a variety of needs. Arts & Culture has a long tradition in the Asheville area and continues to set the stage for creative development admired worldwide.
Asheville and the surrounding region is home to thousands of artists, a concentration greater than that of the national average. Galleries infuse the downtown landscape and artwork may be found throughout the region in local stores, hotels, and restaurants. The developing River Arts District is home to many artists whose mediums include clay, fiber, watercolor, wood, and glass. Easily walkable and close to two river parks, the RAD is often a way to directly meet and interact with artists producing world-class, inspiring art.

Asheville breweries enhance culture

While brewing beer may be a manufacturing activity, artisan brewing is as much an art as it is a science. Asheville breweries are an important part of the city's distinctive craft culture. Having won Beer City USA four years and estimated to have more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville draws in many expert brewers. 
For New Belgium, many factors played into choosing to build its new east coast facility here. These included proximity to downtown Asheville, the ability for employees to bicycle or walk to work, clean water, and a collaborative, inventive community of local brewers.
With so many breweries, from Asheville's first–Highland Brewing Company–to the award-winning Wicked Weed Brewing and nationally renowned Sierra Nevada, the best way to see them all is by going on one of the highly popular brewery tours such as BREW-ed Brewery Tours, Asheville Brewery Tours and Asheville Brews Cruise. 


Gauging the impact of the EDC Arts & Culture Target Cluster in Asheville 


Why businesses are choosing to relocate to Asheville...

  • THE OPPORTUNITY Asheville is a beautiful place to live and work. In 2011, Good Morning America included Asheville as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America."
  • EASY ACCESS Within a day's drive and easy transportation access to most major cities on the eastern half of the United States, the location is a business hub in western North Carolina.
  • INCENTIVES Incentives are being made available on a regular basis for companies relocating to Asheville that meet certain criteria
We invite you to learn more about Asheville's Arts & Culture industries, the River Arts District, and how your company will benefit from choosing the Asheville region.
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Clark Duncan
Director of Business Development
Tim Lampkin
Director of Retention & Expansion Services
Heidi Reiber
Director of Research
Josh Dorfman
Director of Entrepreneurship
Matt Popowski
Communications & Marketing Manager
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Economic Development Coordinator

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