The Asheville area has been among the most rapidly growing regions of North Carolina for several decades. Known primarily as a tourism destination for most of its history, in the last few decades, western North Carolina's economy has been bolstered by an influx of companies starting or moving to Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and surrounding counties. With job growth and a strengthening economy, thousands of families have relocated to the mountains. The Asheville area is a beautiful place to raise a family. From an early age, children are instilled with an appreciation for the wonder of nature. Our education systems are excellent, and people here understand the value of the arts. 

While Asheville is surrounded by nature, occasionally, you might find your family is stuck inside, especially as we continue to practice safe social distancing. When you are relegated to your home, here are nine ideas for entertaining children creatively. 

We have open spots for our Prep program (grades 2-8) students beginning in February for Disney’s Moana JR.

Prep Program meets MONDAYS 3:30pm-5pm and WEDNESDAYS 3:30-5:30pm IN PERSON beginning February 1, 2021.

PERFORMANCES will be during the second half of MAY 2021. Exact times and location TBD.


Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance (CAID) is proud to announce student Darla Sutrich, from the Asheville location, won the Adult Championship for the Southern Region of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America Southern Region, Oireachtas. This is the highest level of Irish Dance in which an adult dancer can compete.