Past Special Events

LEAF community arts


Sunday, May 14 at 1:30 ACA was part of the 44th LEAF Festival with a concert version of the songs of BUGS! presented on the Family Stage featuring large scale puppets.  

Held on the grounds of the former Black Mountain College, LEAF Festival allows audiences and artists alike to experience the power music, art and culture have to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. 


an evening of community building and discourse around social justice and activism in the arts

Asheville Creative Arts (ACA), Asheville’s professional children’s theatre and The Magnetic Theatre, champion of original works, announce they will be co-hosting a conversation around the values and action items outlined by The Ghostlight Project, with Different Strokes! Performing Arts CollectiveMontford Park Players, Mountain Arts Theatre, and a list-in-formation of other participating local theaters and artists.  The evening will take place at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District), on Thursday January 19, from 5:30-6:30. This free event will feature a moderated discussion about the role of the arts and not-for-profit theatre companies in supporting and being responsive to the communities they serve in the years to come.  Cash bar and space provided by The Magnetic Theatre. Reservations encouraged but not required by emailing

Asheville Creative Arts and Hood Huggers hosted a second conversation as part of The Ghostlight Project, free and open to the public, with light refreshments. 

Sunday May 7, 2017 from 3-4pm at Burton Street Community Peace Gardens (47 Bryant Street) 

The Ghostlight Project is a national movement inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, and on the eve of the presidential inauguration, marks a moment wherein organizations and artists will hold conversations about theatre’s role in sustaining values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone–regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability,  gender identity, or sexual orientation (  The evening will include a moderated discussion followed by informal conversation around the mission of this movement, its relevance to Asheville artists, and if and how to incorporate these values into our theatres’ work and operations.

“The Ghostlight project is an important movement that asks us to examine and articulate our values as institutions, and what we see as the role of theatre in promoting space, both physically and intellectually, where we may gather and have open communication” says Abby Felder of Asheville Creative Arts.  Steven Samuels of The Magnetic Theatre says, “theatre has always aimed at illuminating deep truths about who we are as individuals and how we function as a society. The Magnetic Theatre is pleased to partner with ACA and countless theatres nationwide as a safe space for this important discussion by and for our communities.”