Asheville, NC – Located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina is educational Pack Place. It is home to five member institutions, which include the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, The Health Adventure and YMI Cultural Center.
The Asheville Art Museum is the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina. Its collection, programs and art classes are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region. The museum houses a permanent collection of over 1,500 20th century American works with an emphasis on the Southeast, but showing visiting exhibitions from around the nation.
The Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum exhibits mineral crystals and gemstones which includes some 4,500 specimens from North Carolina and around the world. The museum also includes a sampling of the over 350 minerals found in North Carolina as well as gems, ores, and historic mining photographs.
The Diana Wortham Theatre, a 500-seat jewel box of intimate space in the tradition of a European Court Opera House. Separate, but adjacent, is a large, unstructured “black-box” performing area called The Forum. Both facilities host local and visiting performers in theater, dance, music and other creative performing arts and is available for rent by organizations and individuals for the presentation of performances, lectures, presentations and meetings.
The Health Adventure has 11 galleries which contain the spectrum of hands-on motor activity for toddlers and informational exhibits for adults. The galleries and their exhibits also serve as classrooms for the school groups who come for curriculum-based programming in health and science.
The YMI Cultural Center is devoted to African American Culture. YMI houses exhibits, performances, lectures and other cultural and educational programs, and is headquarters for “Goombay,” an annual summer street festival, the year-end Kwanzaa Celebration, and the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance.