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Our History and Programs

STEAP has been delivering successful arts programs since 2012. As a non profit, we serve others through performance, programs, and projects with our:

  • diverse volunteer board

  • dedication to inclusion and diversity.

  • proven track record of fiscal management, arts administration, project management, program development and delivery.


Funding and Past Projects

We have received various regional and local public grants, grass roots grants from the Arts Council of Henderson County, and private grants.  STEAP has:

  • delivered 60+ art and storytelling programs in schools and communities for racially and economically diverse audiences from children to senior citizens.

  • produced 8+ multi-day events & storytelling festivals (Do TELL STORYFEST)  featuring diverse tellers and performers serving over 13,000+ children and adults to date.

  •  created 14 FREE educational storytelling videos for schools and libraries in 2020. 

  • produced  4 short films: Blue Christmas, An Appalachian Heritage film, PEAK ( for, and Gollup  a woodworker's inspiration 


Our New Vision: Virtual Storytelling

In 2020, due to the pandemic our format changed from live performance and we began our journey into virtual storytelling. We created and delivered 14+ videos (many in both Spanish and English) for NC's Henderson County schools and  library system.  These videos were shared with schools in California and New Zealand. All performing artists were black or Hispanic  and the director was a young Hispanic artist in our mentoring program.


A  2020 grant helped us invest  in state of the art film equipment. We have a goal to raise public awareness of crucial social justice issues with our new vision and new artists. Our newest projects  involve the Latinx community, a new film, and a Public Art Project. See Current Projects.

 And we are keen to meet new artists from western North Carolina. 



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