In 1981, a core group of Watauga County residents who love the arts and wanted to protect Appalachian culture and crafts gathered together and formed the Watauga Arts Council. Their goal was to create activities and events that shared their love with the community, that educate children, that continue the tradition of artistry and craftsmanship in the High Country, and that provide artists with the assistance they need to grow and develop their voice.

In the years since, the Watauga County Arts Council has grown from this seed of committed individuals to an organization that includes many of the community’s citizens as its supporters, benefactors and celebrators. The WCAC counts its largest success as having remained a nonprofit agency that succeeds in its mission through the generous gifts, grants and donations of local individuals, business entities, and collectively through the city and county governments. The organization also enjoys the support and largess of state artistic organizations’ contributions.

As we look ahead to the future, we develop our dreams and mission to help art thrive in our community, and to help our community thrive through the arts. If you would like to contribute to our effort with ideas, time, resources or financial support, please contact us. We would love for you to join our family.