► The Moogseum celebrates the life of Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer that revolutionized almost every genre of music. The museum features bays of synthesizers, theremins and effect pedals that allow people to explore the science behind electronic music, and a Young Inventors Lab where children can create their own circuit board.
► French Broad Chocolate Factory has a sweet new location in the RAMP (River Arts Makers Place) Studios. They’re offering daily tours, a chocolate museum and a view of bean-to-bar treats being made. Across town, in their former factory location, the new French Broad Cookies and Creamery serves up ice cream, brownies, cookies, and other sweet treats.
► East Fork, the pottery studio co-founded near Asheville in 2009 by Alex Matisse (great-grandson of French painter Henri Matisse), has opened a new ceramics manufacturing facility in Biltmore Village that will increase their production capacity by 800 percent by 2020. The new facility bridges the gap between commerce and community engagement, where the public will be invited to interact with East Fork’s process, people and culture through tours, community events and classes.
► Asheville Art Museum reopens with a new state-of-the-art building that features education facilities, an art library, a lecture and performance space, a new ArtPLAYce for families and children and the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and cafe.
► LEAF Global Arts Center will offer educational experiences for guests rooted in music, art, community and culture via a mini-theater and global immersion room using virtual reality, unique musical instruments and a stage for performances.
Asheville Art Museum photo by David Huff (Call 704-993-7871 for artist credit)