Part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts’ mission is to “strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of the university and the larger community by providing a creative learning environment in the fine and performing arts.” In accordance with that charge, we have formed relationships with a wide range of regional neighbors and friends, including schools, businesses, museums, organizations, and individuals. We hope to continue expanding these partnerships as they enrich the experience of our students, faculty, staff and the region.
The College’s partnerships take on a range of forms, from welcoming thousands of area students annually to Bardo Arts Center for performances, exhibitions, and learning opportunities to assisting the Museum of the Cherokee Indian with the renovation of their facility. One particularly unique collaboration is with the Jackson County Green Energy Park. The Energy Park captures methane gas from the old Dillsboro landfill and uses it to power their kilns, which the WCU School of Art and Design utilizes at least twice per year.
We also support our friends in the arts through the regional county arts councils.
Please visit these partner websites to learn more about their community activities: