Springtime in Appalachia 2023 Exhibit in the Haywood Handmade Gallery

Our downtown Waynesville gallery is the heart of our organization and the key to accomplishing our mission of promoting artists, art education, and innovation in art. The gallery provides a prime location for artists to show and sell their work, engaging community members and visitors with Haywood County and Western North Carolina-focused themes. Your sponsorship makes your marketing dollars go even further by showing customers your company’s values and connections.

2023 Gallery Sponsorship Chart


Crowd-at-2022-Bluegrass-festival, photograph by Lauren A. Medford

Our events are about bringing community members and visitors together to celebrate the arts in all its forms and the many unique places of Haywood County. Your sponsorship helps spread the word far and wide so people can join into these creative experiences, make memories, and preserve the Appalachian craft traditions of Western North Carolina.

Haywood Made, April 20:This community-driven event celebrates the talent and creativity of emerging local artisans, musicians, and performers while showcasing the importance of the rich Appalachian roots that have inspired so much of our mountain creativity. The Haywood Made will feature a variety of activities and events for all ages. The evening will kick off with a performance by the Maggie Valley Band, a local favorite known for their unique blend of bluegrass and indie rock. Guests will be able to watch and appreciate the beauty and grace of these young performers. During this community event, guests will have the opportunity to participate in line dancing lessons led by professional instructors from the American Ballroom Company dance studio.

The Haywood County Studio Tour, September 21 & 22: The Haywood County Studio Tour is a two-day self-guided tour where hundreds of visitors are invited into artists’ studios to meet the artists, view demonstrations, and buy art. Studios are sprinkled throughout all of Haywood County bringing visitors to diverse locales both urban and rural.

Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival, October 12: Held at the beautiful Maggie Valley Festival Grounds at the peak of leaf season. Our annual fundraiser, the festival brings all the Haywood County Arts Council’s programs and artists together for a truly one-of-a-kind music-themed experience. The festival includes award-winning bluegrass bands, music-themed vendors, raffles, artist member demonstrations and artwork, a child and adult playground, and local drinks and food.

2023 Event Sponsorship Chart