A mid-sized institution that collects and exhibits American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Asheville Art Museum serves the city of Asheville, NC as well as residents and visitors to the four-state border region (NC, VA, TN, SC) of southern Appalachia. Prior to 2020, the museum relied on in-person programs and school visits to reach underserved communities. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to such activities, an NEH CARES grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed the museum to quickly pivot to online programming and resources. In greatly expanding their capacity for online programs, the grant allowed the museum to find ways to serve those in more rural areas who might not otherwise be able to travel to the museum itself.
–Kristi McMillan, Director of Learning and Engagement