Watauga County Arts Council Mission

Our mission is to sponsor and encourage the cultural arts in Watauga County.


The WCAC was founded in 1981 and, from the late ‘80’s until 2012, made its home in the Jones House Community Center in the heart of downtown Boone.  When we had to leave the Jones House, we were blessed with an amazing flood of donations to help us continue to serve our community:

  • Donated Office Space – Appalachian Enterprise Center, 130 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, NC – Courtesy of Watauga Committee of 100

  • Donated Gallery Space – The Green Building, 783 West King Street, Suite A, Boone, NC 28607 – Courtesy of John Winkler, Kenneth Wilcox, and Roger Wright

  • Donated Storage Space – Courtesy of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff

And in April of 2013, the Watauga County Commissioners agreed to lease a building to us in which we are creating the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.   We are thrilled with this new “window of opportunity” and hope you will come get VERY involved in making it the creative focus of the entire county!

Our mission is stated above, however, we often use the slogan “Making the Arts a Presence in Our Community” to keep us focused toward that common goal. We are a diverse and growing organization which is heavily involved in economic development and cultural tourism planning in our community as well as in presenting diverse programming throughout Watauga County. We are strong believers in the concept that, in helping the ARTS to thrive in Watauga County, we are also helping WATAUGA COUNTY to thrive.