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Asheville International Children’s Film Festival to visit the Asheville Arts Center

LogobannerOn Monday August 10 at 7pm -8:30pm the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival on tour program will be bringing some of their very special films to the Asheville Arts Center back to school movie night.

“What better way to celebrate going back to school than with an awesome movie experience,” said Tim Arem, Artistic Director of the film festival. The screenings will include some of our favorite Rabbit Ears, some short films from Little pearls along with a surprise or two. This fun filled evening will bring a treasure trove of films full of adventures, surprises, belly laughs and stories that are sure to make kids think and see the world in a brand new way.

For additional information on Rabbit Ears, visit, for Little Pearls visit and for the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival visit


July 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

Auditions for “The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret.”

Asheville Arts Center’s Fall Community Theatre show!
A Broadway Musical Revue in Two Acts.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30.
What time: 4 PM – 7 PM.
What to prepare: Your favorite song from a Broadway show. Please bring sheet music, no recordings or Disney songs please.

The show will contain solos, small group numbers and full ensemble numbers spanning many decades of musical theatre. The songs for the show will be selected after auditions.

Rehearsal begin mid-September.
Production dates are the first 2 weekends in November. (November 5th – 15th.)

Performances will be held at the main campus of Asheville Arts Center, in the old church!

Directed by Michael Wilson
Musical Direction by Chuck Taft
Choreography by Mary Katherine Smith
Produced by Heather Taft

Come one, come all! We will select roughly 30 people, children & adults, for the show. See you at auditions!

July 25, 2009 at 2:13 am 1 comment

Arts Center Kids: Wolfe Lanier

Every week or so, we feature one of the many talented “Arts Center Kids!”

1-6573bwThis week, we are featuring one of our extremely talented  Academy kids, Wolfe Lanier.  Wolfe is entering his third year in the Academy and has performed in many of the Asheville Arts Center’s shows, including Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Guys & Dolls, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations, Suessical The Musical & most recently, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. as a very funky Caterpillar.  While performing in this latest show, Wolfe also auditioned for Peter Pan at Asheville Community Theatre, which he landed a role in.  He is very excited to be part of this cast for two reasons – it’s his first show outside of the Arts Center and he was chosen for the cast out of over 150 people who auditioned!

Wolfe’s parents run the Willow’s Dream Full Service Salon & Unique Gift Boutique, right down the street from the Asheville Arts Center.  Their story, as described on their website:

“About six years a go the Lanier family decided that they wanted a better place to raise their kids and a less chaotic life. Marcy Lanier, a hairstylist of twenty years, had always dreamed of opening her own salon in combination with a magical, eclectic gift shop.

Willow’s Dream is truly a family adventure. Cheri, Marcy’s older sister, is a favorite artist among our customers. We can’t seem keep her pottery on the walls! As well as coming up with unique art for our store, Robyn created the gorgeous Willow’s Dream logo. She is our creative graphic designer. Robyn is the creator and entrepreneur of a line of babywear if you’d like to visit her she can be found at: It’s been a joy to carry their art and watch our customers love it as well.”

Watching our students grow artistically is one of the greatest joys of our work at the Asheville Arts Center, and Wolfe is a great example of what we hope for in every student!

July 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

Asheville International Children’s Film Festival

LogobannerAsheville Arts Center is proud to be a sponsor of the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival!

Keep your eyes peeled for information about a Children’s Film Festival Preview at our main location in August.

More information about the event in November:


November 2 – November 8, 2009

Tickets on sale now! buy tickets!

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.
Festival curator, Elizabeth Shepherd

AICFF raises the curtain on a world of wonderment certain to enchant cinema enthusiasts both young and young at heart. We’ve searched the globe to bring together pearls of illuminating tales, invigorating adventures and pure cinematic exhilaration.


The Asheville International Children’s Film Festival provides culturally diverse, value affirming cinema for ages 3-18.  By using media as a tool, the goal is to stimulate critical thinking to promote intelligent dialogue, through the introduction of passionate and provocative cinematic works.


Our vision for Asheville International Children’s Film Festival is to create an educational visual medium for families.  The festival complements the educational processes taught at schools with workshops and programs and provides tools and material to support a visual understanding of other cultures, traditions, lives and experiences.

(828) 298-4789

July 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

August 14th and 15th Parties Celebrate 5 Years for the Asheville Arts Center

AACAsheville, North Carolina—On Friday August 14th from 5 – 8 PM and Saturday 15th from 10 am – 3 PM the Asheville Arts Center celebrates its 5-year anniversary with 2 exciting birthday parties. The Friday evening party will be held at the South location on Summit Avenue (off of Hendersonville Road before Long Shoal’s Rd). The Saturday party will take place at the Main location on Merrimon Avenue. Adults and children will enjoy food, fun and festivities. Teachers, students, program directors and families will have the opportunity to connect with each other and AAC performers in person. Both events are free!

The South and Main events will be fun for the whole family, a perfect way to enjoy time together. The Asheville Arts Center works with students of all ages, as well as local music, dance and theater performers. AAC birthday festivities will celebrate the last 5 years and all of the people involved in keeping the performing arts alive in Asheville. Adults and children can learn about upcoming music, dance and drama programs, including community theater opportunities. Prospective students can also register for fall classes, which begin August 17th.

The Asheville Arts Center is dedicated to supporting the community and intends to develop programs as the city of Asheville grows. “What sets us apart is that we see ourselves as here for the community,” states founder and director Heather Taft, “We adapt and create programs based on parent feedback. We like to fill the community’s needs not just be another ballet or music studio.” “No one else has the variety of programs all under one roof that we do and we continuously expand our classes and events in order to offer kids and adults the highest quality of instruction,” adds Director of Public Relations Michael Wilson.

Since 2005 the Asheville Arts Center has been a leader in performing arts education. AAC’s drama, dance and music classes for newborns to 18 year olds are some of the area’s most diverse and unique performing arts programs. AAC is also active in the local theater community and produces a variety of musicals and plays throughout the year. To find out more about the upcoming birthday parties call AAC at (828) 253-4000. For more information on fall programs such as Kindermusik, the Gallagher School of Irish Dance, Rock U, The Academy and more visit or check AAC’s official blog.

July 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm 4 comments

Beginning of Fall Semester!

aaclogo_colorOur Fall semester begins August 17th and runs through December 18, 2009!

It’s a fact that music, drama & dance lessons aid your child’s cognitive skills hugely as they develop. Whether you are putting your newborn into our Kindermusik program or your 7 year old in private music lessons, you’re raising a smarter kid. We can help!

The Asheville Arts Center is a school based on unlimited opportunities for students of all ages to explore their interests in music, dance and drama. We foster a love and appreciation for the arts through student-teacher relationships, which encourage and help you excel at your dream. We offer high-quality instruction and educational experiences because we are committed to the art of teaching and the teaching of the arts. It is our hope to build art and awareness in the community and provide a “home” for families to pursue their dreams.

Adult classses offered as well!

View & Register for Classes here:

Also, don’t miss our 5th year anniversary parties!
Friday, August 14 from 5-8 PM. (South Location)
Saturday, August 15 from 10 AM – 3 PM (Main Location.)

July 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Disney Princess Ballet Camp, Encore!

July 27 – 31, 2009 | 1pm – 4pm

Ages:  3-5 years.

Many little girls dream of being a Disney Princess.  Make their dreams come true!  Our first Disney Princess Ballet camp this summer was hugely popular, with almost 30 little ballerinas having a fantastic time in the land of Disney make-believe.

The camp was so popular that we decided to add a second week!  Next Monday through Friday, we welcome your little ballerinas into the Arts Center for dancing, crafts & make-believe…  Give us a call to enroll.

Here are some pictures from our first Disney Princess Ballet camp.  Our little ballerinas had a blast!


July 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

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