Lost Province Center for Cultural Arts purchases historic school buildings to create Southern Appalachian cultural center

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Lost Province Center for Cultural Arts (LPCCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating Southern Appalachian cultural traditions, has purchased two historic school buildings in the rural town of Lansing, N.C. The purchase is the result of a two-year endeavor to raise funds and negotiate with previous owners to secure and repurpose the WPA-era Lansing School buildings for community benefit.

“The Lansing School was the center of education in Ashe County from 1939 until the early 1990s,” shared David Norman, Chair of the LPCCA Board of Directors. “It’s fitting that LPCCA will focus on the preservation of these magnificent school buildings in order to fulfill our mission of educating about the arts and crafts, music and culinary arts of Southern Appalachia.”

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We believe the creation of Lost Province Arts is a win for all local businesses. The short and long-term benefits we anticipate, include:

  • Infusing the local economy with an estimated $6-$10 million in direct construction costs and allied services
  • Employing local staff, educators, artists and vendors directly supporting the High Country’s economy
  • Attracting tourism, catalyzing growth in Ashe County
We are excited by the opportunity to preserve an important piece of Ashe County’s past while ensuring that it has a thriving economic future. If you are interested in keeping up with the latest news and happenings with Lost Province Arts, check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.