“Ours is a community arts center with a mission of “bringing arts to the people and people to the arts.”

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts (BMCA) was the dream of a small group of visionaries, who in 1993 organized and found a way to save the Old City Hall from destruction. They obtained the building, raised over a million dollars and succeeded in renovating the 6,000-square-foot facility into a welcoming and vital landmark. BMCA was incorporated in 1995 and opened its doors in October 2000. In 2009, the Old City Garage was also renovated and made into a clay studio behind the main building. This community arts organization has sought to create a physical place for the arts to come together and flourish in the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County.


2014 – 15 Board of Directors, L to R: Bob Headly, Philip Arnold (Vice Chair), Andrea McNair, Wendy Seligmann, John Richardson (Chair), Diane Hutchins, Joyce Black-Woerz (Secretary), Jessica Klarp (Program Coordinator), Sandi Belfor (Treasurer), Libba Tracy, Charles Freeland (Clay Studio Manager), Gale Jackson (Exec. Director.)            Missing: Glenn Cox, Rick Harwood, Al Milton, George Thompson & Dawn Wilson.

photo by Ray Mata, BLUE RIDGE PICTURES