Mission and Principles

Music & MovementAsheville Creative Arts Preschool is a holistic, curriculum-based program dedicated to meeting the developmental needs of each child through art, music, drama, and dance.

Our mission is to foster the academic, emotional, physical, and social development of preschool-aged children through the performing arts in an inclusive, safe, loving, and nurturing environment.

Asheville Creative Arts Preschool strives to provide a developmentally appropriate balance of teacher-guided structure and child-directed free play.  We establish kindergarten readiness without sacrificing creative exploration.  Asheville Creative Arts Preschool maintains an atmosphere designed to inspire students to realize their potentials.  The trust-filled bonds our artists form with each-other and the instructors are the foundation for a classroom environment that cultivates healthy learning.

Learning is a creative process that should be is fun. Ignite your imagination. Explore and learn more through the power of play! Each student is encouraged to discover the joy of learning through an exciting curriculum that taps into their creativity and self-expression. At Asheville Creative Arts Preschool, we promote self-esteem and respect for others with an awareness of varying developmental levels and learning styles. By providing enrichment opportunities for our students to grow, we help each child to gain self-control and to achieve a positive self-image in a happy, safe, and stimulating environment.

Each day, our young artists are exposed to social skills such as respect for peers, cooperation, turn-taking, manners, and sharing. Students are encouraged to become independent through age-appropriate structured settings.

Asheville Creative Arts Preschool (ACAP) was founded in 2016 as a ministry of Biltmore United Methodist Church. Biltmore UMC is a family brought together by our love of God and one another. Our faith unites us in worship and work, sending us out into the world and local community to share the love of Christ with those in need. We are a community seeking to be like Jesus by: growing in hope and purpose, accepting and nurturing one another, identifying and encouraging each other’s gifts, and by reaching out in mission to our neighbors near and far away.

Education is a fundamental basic right that Biltmore UMC wants to provide to as many children as possible. No statement of faith is required to attend Asheville Creative Arts Preschool and the curriculum content is not religious-based. ALL preschool-aged children are welcome here. ALL children between the ages of two and five, regardless of color, creed, family structure, faith, gender, identity, political affiliation, race, religion, or sex will be accepted into the preschool given that the program can meet the individual needs of the child and space is available.

Asheville PreschoolOur Roots
Asheville Creative Arts Preschool evolved from a preschool and mother’s morning out program at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. While the preschool now operates separately from the Academy, we often partner together for camps and other activities. Asheville Performing Arts Academy is also located on the Biltmore UMC campus. Asheville Creative Arts Preschool shares some classroom spaces with the Academy, including a large dance studio for music and movement.

The Asheville Performing Arts Academy is a place where every student is an artist. The Asheville Performing Arts Academy facilitates a life-long appreciation and advocacy of the arts by providing a loving community where students discover the tools needed to navigate life on and off the stage.