The Ashe County Arts Council enriches the cultural life of Ashe County and the region by nurturing and supporting the arts.
The Ashe Arts Center, located in downtown West Jefferson's Arts District, is home to the Arts Council's offices. The Arts Center houses The Gallery, a year-round exhibition space that showcases works of art by local and regional artists. The Gallery Shop features locally produced art and crafts. The restored stone building continues the legacy created in 1938 when it was built by the Works Progress Administration as a gathering place for the community.
The Ashe Civic Center, managed by the Arts Council, is a 300-seat performance venue that is the home stage for the Ashe County Little Theatre. The Arts Council brings a variety of high quality programs to the Civic Center throughout the year, and the facility attracts an audience that is as varied as its performers.