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.


"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 116 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.



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!

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


June 17—10am-4pm

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show, Dillsboro, NC

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June 24-25—10am-5pm

Summertime Art & Craft Show

Cullowhee, NC

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August 19—10am-4pm

Summer Arts & Crafts Market

Dillsboro, NC

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October 7—10am-4pm

ColorFest, Dillsboro, NC

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October 20-22—10am-5pm

Harvest Festival

Stecoah Valley Center, NC

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Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.

Appalachian Folktales with Spontaneous Art in Sylva, NC