"The mountains are an incredible inspiration, and the campus, set in a valley surrounded by the hills, feels like a home where I am nurtured and fed while I develop my art. The studios are superior. I never want to leave.”
“When I discovered Cullowhee Mountain ARTS was in the mountains, near Asheville, the Cherokee Reservation, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, I decided to treat myself to this wonderland while learning more about my writing. How could I go wrong?”
“It is heaven on earth to be supported on every level to do my creative work without unwanted interruptions. The teacher and the other artists and writers were like my personal cheering team, providing me with enormous energy.”
"When I saw the list of topics and teachers for the workshops, I wanted to take all of them. Then I realized no matter what I came for, I would be among a group of dedicated artists and writers like me coming to learn from stellar instructors.”
Art Workshops & Creative Writing Workshops
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Artist Retreats and Creative Writing Retreats
in Other Inspiring Locations.
Cullowhee Mountain Arts (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes and offers a series of week-long fine art workshops and creative writing workshops led by highly acclaimed and award-winning artists and writers.
CMA’s Summer ARTS Series of art workshops and creative writing workshops are held on the beautiful campus of Western Carolina University in the Blue Ridge mountains. and select retreats and workshops are held at remote partner sites such as Lake Logan (in Canton, NC), Taos, New Mexico, and Gloucester Massachusetts.
Come. Learn. Create. Collaborate
The Summer Arts Series; Creativity Nurtured in a Mountain Setting
Cullowhee Mountain ARTS "Summer ARTS Series", held at Western Carolina University runs from the week of June 12 through the week of July 10. The "Summer Arts Series" includes an exciting range of Art Workshops and Creative Writing Workshops. During each week-long immersion, participants learn and discover new concepts in a setting that is surrounded by majestic mountains and summer botanicals. Imagine that you will be sharing ideas, meals, and outings with other artists and writers from around this country and from other parts of the globe. AtCullowhee Mountain ARTSyou will find a like-minded community of passionate learners, energized by instructors of national/international reputations. Students can focus entirely on developing new work where their daily concerns are left behind. More...
Lake Logan in autumn is spectacular in color, texture and drama. Situated in approximately 300 acres of unspoiled wilderness, the environment allows for quiet meditation contemplation conducive to touching new levels of creativity.