The CCCD Celebrates 20 Years With a Party and Benefit


The CCCD Celebrates 20 Years With a Party and Benefit

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CCCD 20 Years

The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (CCCD) has been in its Broadway Arts District location in downtown Asheville for only a short time, but it's been around for much longer: 20 years, in fact. To celebrate this achievement, the CCCD will host a benefit and party on Thursday, 8/11 from 7-10 pm. The evening includes art installations, live music, food and libations. It's 21+ and tickets are on sale now.

The evening's lineup is impressive. The gorgeous building has four floors of exhibit space, and each will showcase art and craft centered on a set of themes related to art and craft. As guests wander through the space, they'll also be treated to food from local outlets including Foothills Local Meats, Gan Shan Station, and Posana, and they'll enjoy live music from the Reggie Sullivan Band

Warped, an installation that showcases textiles inspired by sounds and one of the CCCD's current exhibits, will be open to guests. 

Another scheduled event is Back to the Drawing Board, which will bring guests and artists together to create a hands-on, site-specific installation that will continue through the weekend.

Check out the full press release and more details, below and on the CCCD website.

CCCD Celebrates 20th Anniversary on August 11

Spotlighting interactive art installations, local cuisine and entertainment

ASHEVILLE, NC - On August 11 from 7-10 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) celebrates 20 years of service to emerging artists, researchers, scholars, and the public with its 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit.


Guests will convene at CCCD's historic 67 Broadway Street building in downtown Asheville, to explore four uniquely themed floors filled with art installations, live music, craft food, and specialty beverages. The event features local cuisine provided by Posana, Gan Shan Station, and Foothills Local Meats. Mayor Esther Manheimer will welcome guests and the 55-member host committee, led by Robyn Horn of the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Libba Evans who is the former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Benefit tickets begin at $50 for young adults (under 35) and $100 for the general public.


Three distinct Back to the Drawing Board installations by artists Jay Fox and Ellie Richards (Penland, NC), Brice Garrett (Brooklyn, NY), an Chris Watts (High Point, NC) allow guests a one-of-a kind experience working with the artists on hands-on projects or experiencing a site-specific immersive installation. Two of the three projects will continue on Friday and Saturday August 12 - 13, free and open to the public from 12 - 6 pm.


"We are planning a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of the history of CCCD while embracing the cultural community and artists who make Asheville and Western North Carolina the location that it is known for today," says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director.



Throughout the building, guests will preview a future Makerspace with live music by the Reggie Sullivan Band, experience the exhibition Warped featuring textiles inspired by sound, and enjoy a contemporary lounge created by Mobilia and Four Corners Home. Ticketed guests will also receive a commemorative vessel created by East Fork Pottery.



Date and Time: Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7 - 10 pm

Location: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Ages 21+


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Leadership support for CCCD's 20th Anniversary Celebration generously provided by Aceto Law Office P.A., Blue Spiral 1/Bellagio/Fine Arts Theater, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Posana, Gan Shan Station, Foothills Local Meats, French Broad Chocolates, Daniels Graphics, and Capital at Play magazine.


Founded in 1996, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft through fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators and critics. CCCD has developed a strong national reputation as a significant resource for artists, museums, academic researchers, university students and arts organizations. Each year, CCCD administers over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field.