Workshop Scholarship for WNC Teachers - Assistantships for WNC Artists & Writers

2014 Scholarship recipients (left to right) Kara Faust, Highlands School, Gayle Woody, Smoky Mountain High School, Chris Bell, Macon Middle School

“Last year I was the recipient of a scholarship to a bookmaking workshop presented by Cullowhee Mountain Arts.
It was the most enriching experience for me as an artist that I have ever had the opportunity to participate in. 
I was able to grow in my personal expression through book arts under the direction of an internationally recognized book artist. 
Having a whole week to devote to creating art was a dream come true! I have used the skills and ideas with my high school art students
and it has enabled me to use a new art form with them.  I highly recommend this wonderful opportunity for teachers.”
                                                                                                                            Gail Woody (teacher of the year for Smokey Mountain High School)

CMA Workshops are designed for both beginner and experienced levels. 
Master instructors provide a safe and supportive learning environment as well as utilizing best practices in adult arts education. 
The well-equipped studio environment at Western Carolina University's School of Art & Design,  is relaxed, playful, creative, and productive.  
Enjoy a lively and refreshing exchange of ideas among a variety of people from all over the country.


Workshop Scholarships Available for Summer 2016

We believe that our teachers do one of the most important jobs in our communities.
They need and deserve to have experiences that will re-charge their creative energy
which will in turn bring fresh ideas and new inspiration back into their lives and into the classroom.
This year we are able to offer 3 Scholarships:
  • The  "Jackson County Arts Council Scholarships" for two Jackson County Teachers (up to $600 per workshop); (1 for a Visual Art Teacher and 1 for a Creative Writing Teacher)
  • The "Cullowhee Mountain ARTS WNC Art Teacher Scholarship" (up to $600 for one workshop): (for 1 Visual Art Teacher)

Applications deadline has been extended to June 10!
Scholarship winners and Assistantships will be announced June 10.




Assistantships Available for Summer 2016

Two of our 2014 Assistants enjoying their workshops

The assistantship program helps provide high quality experiences to the instructors and workshop attendees as well at the assistants. The main job of the assistant is to aid the instructors in every way helping to make the workshop experience topnotch for all involved. In return, the artist or writer receives the workshop at half tuition and enjoys the rich experiences that occur during the workshop week. Our workshops are taught by artists and writers of national/international reputation and provide valuable educational experiences for students and afford them connections with other artists or writers from other areas the country. Assistants from past years have had fabulous experiences and formed lasting relationships with other students and the instructor and had fun too.

Duties of the Assistant

  • Be in communication with the instructor prior to the workshop.
  • Work with CMA staff to prepare the studio or room for the workshop week
  • Pick up from the CMA office handouts and the roster to have in room Monday morning
  • Pick up the instructor at the Asheville airport as well as taking them back for their return flight
  • During the week assist the instructor with any logistics or help needed in the class or studio 
  • Be the point person for the instructor during the week, providing a ride to the grocery store, etc. when needed

Assistantships are available on an as-need basis. 
Assistants must live within an hour of the campus of WCU or be willing to stay on campus during the workshop week.
Applications for Assistantships are due by June 1.
Assistantships will be announced June 10.