Boxes in Buncombe County's Special Collection

Buncombe County Special Collections

Creative Residency Program

Projects should include a visual component.

Boxes in Buncombe County's Special Collection
Buncombe County Special Collections

Founded in 2020, the Carolina Record Shop Creative Residency Program provides an annual opportunity for artists in Buncombe County to create new, research-driven creative work using Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC) historic resources, and to present their work in the Carolina Record Shop, a dedicated exhibition space in the BCSC reading room.

The goals of the Carolina Record Shop are to:

  • Offer new, diverse perspectives on our shared history
  • Identify and address gaps and/or amplify narratives that are historically underrepresented in our collection
  • Educate and inspire non-traditional users of archives and special collections to engage with the collection in new ways

Creative practitioners ages 18 and up, based in Buncombe County, working in any medium (including visual arts, sound/music, dance/performance, creative writing, or social practice-based art) are invited to apply.

Projects of any discipline should include a visual component. Applicants are encouraged to visit BCSC before submitting a proposal to get a sense of the space and resources available. BCSC is open Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 10-5, and is located on the lower level of Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville.

Applications are due by midnight on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Find more details and apply at


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