How APAA Is Grateful This Holiday Season

How APAA Is Grateful This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here. For many people in western North Carolina, the last eighteen months have been among the most difficult in their lives. Many have lost jobs, some have lost loved ones, and all have faced challenges they would not have expected. 

At the same time, we have persevered, and our area has grown, welcoming new residents and businesses to Asheville and Buncombe County.

The team at Asheville Performing Arts Academy is thankful for the support of our students, parents, and everyone who has helped us foster a love for the arts in children throughout our area.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we hope you will take a moment to embrace gratitude with us.

What Is Gratitude?

Per the Oxford Dictionary, gratitude is “The feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks.”

Gratitude means more to us than a dictionary definition of the word. For APAA, we want thankfulness to be a prominent feeling in our lives every day. We are grateful for the daily opportunity to do what we love, passing on our passion for performing arts to new generations. 

Theater, music, and dance have been a means by which humans have interacted with one another and expressed their feelings and thoughts about the world for many millennia. 

APAA Is Grateful For:

There is so much for which we are thankful. We could never cover it all in a single article, but here are a few of the highlights:

  • Our Teachers: We are fortunate to have teachers who are not only experts in the performing arts, but they care deeply about our students and are passionate about seeing them grow. 
  • Our Parents: The best way for any educational program to be effective is for it to be reinforced at home. We are grateful for the parents involved at APAA who are so supportive of the program and their children. 
  • Our Students: Without students to teach, we would have no one with whom to share our passion for learning the performing arts. We are grateful for our students and enjoy seeing them grow in their love and mastery of the arts. 
  • Our Community: People in the city of Asheville and western North Carolina, in general, appreciate the arts in every form. Our community supports the arts, and we feel that at APAA. That support is felt by our faculty and students. 
  • Our Donors: Producing theatre can be expensive, and there are many who would like to participate but can't because of financial reasons. We are grateful for the donors who have given to the Asheville Performing Arts Academy Scholarship Fund. This allows students to participate in the performing arts regardless of their financial situation. 

We could not reach students with the scholarship fund without the generous donations of our community. 


GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a way to emphasize the importance of generosity during the holidays. Per their website:

“GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”

This year, GivingTuesday takes place on November 30th, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This is the perfect opportunity for people to join us in reaching out to new students via the APAA Scholarship Fund. In addition to financial donations, we are happy to accept clothing, furniture, and household items as they can be used in all of our productions. 

We're always on the lookout for local businesses who want to show their support for the arts by placing ads or sponsoring a season. If you would like more information about how your business can partner with our school, please reach out to us today.

Get Involved With Asheville Performing Arts Academy

The Asheville Performing Arts Academy is a school that provides students with limitless chances to pursue their passions for music, dance, and theatre. We provide a caring environment where students find the tools they need to negotiate life on and off the stage while facilitating a life-long appreciation and promotion of the arts.

We could not fulfill our mission without the support and involvement of donors, sponsors, volunteers, faculty, and our students. Our school is always searching for teachers, directors, designers, volunteers, and interns who want to pass on their love for the performing arts to the next generation of students. 

If you want to get involved as a donor, sponsor, leader, or student, we would be grateful to hear from you. Contact Asheville Performing Arts Academy today.