"Planting seeds of heritage through the arts," CSA's mission, becomes quite clear through the public art that has been created by co-founder, Doreyl Ammons Cain and supported by the CSA Board of Directors. Currently, there are four public art creations and more are planned. Also up and running is a  Appalachian Mural Trail for WNC.   For more information about uncoming dedications of community murals,  Click Here.

To learn more, click on the Historic Public Art heading at the top of the page.


Over the last 10 years we have published 125 books by local authors. This grouping of books  consists of books for children, poetry, genealogy, historical, fiction and non-fiction. The list continues to grow.  To check out our publishing policies,  click on  "Publishing" listed under the heading of  Storytelling above.



April 30—Storytelling  6:30pm
Alleghany County Library
Sparta, NC  28675

Open to the public

May 8—Storytelling 3pm

Mountains Branch  Library

150 Bills Creek Rd
Lake Lure, NC  28746
Phone (828) 625-0456

Open to the public

July 15—Storytelling  7pm

140 Jaymar Park Drive

Hendersonville, NC 28792

Open to the Public


Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.

Appalachian Folktales with Spontaneous Art in Sylva, NC

A501(c)(3) nonprofit art & heritage organization



Produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the oral history podcast "Stories of Mountain Folk" is a professional program featuring storytelling and interviews from Caucasian, African-American, and Cherokee people living in Western North Carolina.


New! CSA Videos  on YouTube

Keeping Appalachian Heritage Alive!

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is a group of dedicated Western North Carolina individuals who are holding local memory in place by saving the stories, by sharing through art and the spoken word, by validating the local human community —sustaining our sense of place.