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Education & Outreach


In collaboration with Toe River Arts, Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center has the following lineup of classes that are art-focused for those in an arts-related field and seeking more information about the arts—marketing, bookkeeping, sales, just getting started.  All classes are held at the Arts Resource Center [ARC] in Spruce Pine [above the Toe River Arts Gallery; entrance in back] on Wednesday, but please note the times. Classes are FREE, but you must register.

When new classes are posted, please go to MCC Small Business Center, search for your class by location and date, and click the “Register” link. You can also call 828.766.1295 or e-mail Allen Cook.


Toe River Arts announces the availability of art scholarships each spring. Awards are given to a graduating high school senior or an adult continuing their education and are from Yancey or Mitchell County and pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. The application deadline is April 1 each year.* Each scholarship will be in an amount between $250 and $1,000 are usually paid directly to the degree-based institution of the applicant’s attendance.

In addition to the application form required for submittal, applicants will be asked to present a sampling of their work that best exemplifies the extent and quality of their past accomplishments. Examples of acceptable entries include: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry, painting, print making, sculpture, textile and fabric design, drama, dance, music, and creative writing, as well as other media and form. Please contact Toe River Arts for questions about eligible entries and requirements for appropriate submission. Portfolios of work are accepted as long as the total number of objects is limited to ten. Submissions do not have to be related to the category of degree program to be eligible. For example, the applicant may submit a sculpture even if they are accepted to a photography program.

There is no application fee for submittal. No late applications will be accepted. The evaluation of submissions will be based upon a submittal which demonstrates original thinking, an artistic commitment and a willingness to take creative risks. Toe River Arts Scholarships for the Arts, made possible by funding from the OMC Foundation to an Endowment Fund held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, are awarded to individuals from Yancey and Mitchell County, North Carolina.



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