Built in 1943 of local stone on the site of a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School educated area youth for nearly seven decades. The historic structure is now an arts and heritage center serving Western North Carolina residents and visitors. 


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Our Mission: The purpose of Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center is to promote the teaching and preservation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Southern Appalachians and Cherokee people to serve as a community resource and gathering place.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center is closed to the public until further notice.

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Our Summer Concert Series schedule for 2020 is now online! Please click here to see the lineup and purchase tickets.

The series will begin on Saturday, May 16th at 7pm with Mountain Heart.

*For all online ticket sales - 

Your PayPal receipt serves as your ticket. No paper tickets will be mailed. Please pick up your tickets at the door.

The Artists' Way with James Knave - March 21

Alarka Expeditions presents The Artist's Way: A Creativity Workshop with James Nave at Cowee School on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9am-5pm.

Alarka Expeditions is bringing James Nave, international trainer and expert on The Artist's Way to Cowee School for a day-long workshop. This is a special treat for those who are committed to living a creative life and who want to discover new ways to expand one's creative powers and for practicing artists who are interested in bolstering their efforts. Instructor and facilitator James Nave has worked with The Artist's Way author Julia Cameron for over twenty years, and is co-owner of Twice Five Miles Media and Publishing. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the director of the Taos Storytelling Festival. You can read more about him at www.jamesnave.com.

The cost of the workshop is $79 and will take place from 9-5 at Alarka Expeditions/Institute headquarters at the Cowee Arts and Heritage Center


To register, visit: alarkaexpeditions.com/upcoming-events

For more information, alarkaexpeditions@gmail.com 

Fit & Fun Exercise Class: 9:30am, Mon-Wed-Fridays $5/class

Oil Painting w/John Houglum: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Tues 1pm-4pm Wed
Cowee Textiles: See website www.coweetextiles.com

Pottery Classes: See website www.coweepotteryschool.org

Cowee School relies on the support of individuals and businesses in our community. 

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Cowee School is fortunate to have a dedicated team of local volunteers. From the Board of Directors to the stage crews for summer concerts, all aspects of Cowee School are reliant on volunteer support. If you have time to share, click here

Cowee School is filled with artisan activities: Pottery, Textiles, Painting, and more.

The school also stays busy with activities outside and in the Gym such as fitness classes, bridge and other community activities.