“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.


The Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes four new members to its already robust board. José Bello, Benji Ford, Amy Nasta, and Genie Sullivan, join Board Chair Glenn Cox, Vice Chair Philip Arnold, Treasurer Dawn Wilson, Secretary Ana Prendergast, Lori Cozzi, Kyle Holt, Al Milton, Judy Shillinglaw, and Libba Tracy. Matt Settlemyer is the town representative. Gale Jackson is the executive director and Jessica Klarp is the program coordinator.

José Bello, Genie Sullivan, Amy Nasta and Benji Ford join the board


“An organization is only as good as the support offered by their Board of Directors,” said Executive Director Gale Jackson. “As hard as it is to see our amazing Board members leave when their term expires, we trust that they will continue to support our work here in the valley, while we look forward to the new energy their replacements bring to the table!”