The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 to provide greater artistic exposure and opportunities for public school students.

Today, the vision of the Jackson County Arts Council is to promote individual artists, foster appreciation of the arts, provide art education and inspire creativity in Jackson County.

JCAC believes exposure to and participation in the arts is a critical component in building a community. To that end, JCAC’s goals are to:

  • Promote excellence in artistic expression and citizen engagement in the arts through community cultural events.
  • Encourage a culture of creativity and help fuel economic development.
  • Support the arts at all levels, from school-age to adult.

JCAC’s original goal – to foster the arts in the public schools – remains a top priority. JCAC serves as a key cultural resource for Jackson County students, working closely with local administrators to provide students artistic programs and other cultural opportunities. Additionally, JCAC funds the Junior Appalachian Musician program, allowing students to learn and play music traditional to the mountain culture.

Additionally, thanks to steady growth in financial resources and the support of a diverse membership, JCAC now offers residents of all ages, not just students, a variety of cultural programs and arts opportunities. JCAC funds groups and individual artists through scholarships and grants. It also promotes the work of local artists by overseeing shows, on rotation, in the community’s high-profile Rotunda Gallery. 

We invite you to learn more – become a member and support the arts. Together, we can create a bright future for the citizens of Jackson County.


The Jackson County Arts Council Board of Directors is made up of a group of 12 passionate volunteers, dedicated to serving the artists in our community.


Becoming an Artist Member of the Jackson County Arts Council allows us greater ability to support and encourage you by offering exclusive opportunities.


For donations, sponsorships or to reach our office manager, contact the JCAC directly via our form, phone, or email.