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Facilities are simple but comfortable. Residents and other visitors may stay in a private room in the Yellow House (managed by AS IF Center), a private room  or semi-private loft in Firefly Lodge, or at a camping site (managed by High Cove). Community members also may provide overflow housing when the Lodge and Yellow House are full.

The Yellow House room has a private bath; the Lodge rooms and loft have a shared bath. In both facilities, you will share a living room, dining area, and fully equipped kitchen. The Lodge has a dishwasher; the Yellow House does not. Both the Firefly Lodge and Yellow House have good internet connection. Cell service is somewhat reliable but may be slightly better at the Lodge — Verizon seems to work best. AS IF residents will have access to a washer and dryer at the Yellow House, at no charge. Linens are provided.

Lodging rates:

We offer affordable short term and longer term lodging options for residencies and visitors.  Please see the 2019 AS IF Center Lodging Rates for information about lodging rates and other policies.

Work spaces:

The following work spaces are available to AS IF Center residents and visitors at no charge, subject to availability.

The Yellow House studio is an L-shaped room that is 16 x 9.5 feet in the main area and 11.5 x 7 feet in the side area. This is a comfortable, conditioned space with north light and a 5 foot long work table. Some shelf space will be available for your projects. Wall space is limited — there are some half-walls to pin your work, but there are no large walls in the YH studio.

The Yellow House garage is a large wood building with about 1,000 square feet of work space, concrete floor, and high ceiling. The garage has no heat or insulation. In summer it works best to open both large barn doors to allow ventilation; in spring and fall the temperatures are reasonable. The garage is appropriate for messy work, and for larger work that requires some wall space. With advance notice the garage can also accommodate exhibits, installations, or events of 40-50 people.

Studio space nearby:

Burnt Mountain Pottery has a studio next door to AS IF Center — if you wish to use their ceramic studio and kiln, contact us and let us know what you have in mind — we’ll put you in touch with them. Darkroom space, photography workspace, printers, and other equipment are available 36 miles away (about 45 minutes drive) through Makers Circle — contact Makers Circle to make arrangements.

Event spaces:

For events such as symposia, workshops, meetings, film screenings, literature readings, concerts, and powerpoint presentations, the Lodge and its porch can be rented out for a small fee. Through a partnership with Toe River Arts, we may also be able to arrange for artists to use the Arts Resource Center, a larger event space in Spruce Pine. Please allow several months advance notice to book events for ten or more. Contact us for more information about scheduling events.


Art-science residents will have access to several dissecting microscopes, herbarium presses, 10x loupes, insect sorting sieves, collecting vials, Ziploc and WhirlPak bags, forceps, ethanol, tubes, vials, petri dishes, and other glassware and plasticware, Nitrile gloves, a Malaise trap, insect nets and other insect collecting supplies, a camera trap, a wide collection of field guides, and miscellaneous items.  You will also have access to a large 82″ easel, a small French easel for plein air, various paints and papers, brushes, pens and ink, graphite and colored pencils, an assortment of beads, wire, an assortment of yarns and threads, beeswax, biological materials such as bone, feathers, snakeskin, insects, seeds and other plant parts, materials for collage/ assemblage, and other sundries. If you have specific needs, we encourage you to bring what you will need or inquire ahead.

Get yourself situated and hang out with us for a while.

Read on to learn more about our events and residencies. Hope you can join us.

Contact us to get information or to book lodging, apply for a residency, inquire about teaching workshops, or to schedule other activity.