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Celebrating Our Appalachian Heritage
Check Out 'A Place Like No Other'
We’re proud to launch our new website, celebrating our living Appalachian traditions with a sleek, new look for our digital age. Now smartphone users can explore the heritage of our mountain crafts and music, our outdoor beauty, our Appalachian foodways and small farms, and the ancient lore of the Cherokee who call these mountains their homeland. Working with Integritive, the Asheville website developer, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area staffers have been busy since January, coming up with a new look and refreshing the layers of great information on places to see and things to do across the 25 counties of our nationally designated Heritage Area.
Take the opportunity to explore our website for yourself. Do check out your current listing on the site. If anything needs to be updated, let us know. Contact
We welcome submission of Western North Carolina events focused on our heritage themes of mountain music, crafts, foodways, outdoors and Cherokee culture. Please submit two weeks in advance on our interactive calendar.
Cherokee Honors New 'Culture Keepers'
A new generation of Cherokee artists are stepping up as “culture keepers,” tackling the traditional subjects of the tribe in new media and with new eyes. Their visions can be seen in the new art show, “Renewal of the Ancient: Cherokee Millennial Artists,” now open at the Museum of Cherokee Indian.
“We must all encourage young Cherokee artists to discover the vast amount of inspiration found within the past,” explained Joshua Adams, who was invited to serve as guest curator for the show. Adams sent out an invitation to artists age 40 and under and was pleased at the variety of talents and various media assembled for the show.
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The deadline is coming up next week for Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine Call for Artists.
Artists who are residents of Western North Carolina are invited to submit both 2D and 3D work, with an emphasis on nature and/or culture inspired art. All mediums (Pottery, Jewelry, Glass, Textiles, Ceramics, Stone, Bead Working, Basketry, Mixed Media, Encaustic, Photography etc.) are welcome.
Submit your work by Sept. 14 by clicking here.
Diversifying the National Register of Historic Places
The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for $500,000 in funding for the 2018 Underrepresented Community grant program. These competitive grants aim at diversifying nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. 
Federally recognized tribes, states and local governments are eligible to apply. Matching funds are not required, but may be considered as part of the evaluation process.
Eligible projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites.
To apply, head to and search for Funding Opportunity Number: P18AS00554 or Underrepresented Community (URC) Grants. Deadline is Nov. 1.
Questions? Contact 202-354-2020 or
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