Black Mountain College Museum

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Asheville’s two leading visual arts institutions are reopening this week to fit within the guidelines of North Carolina’s Phase 2.5 restrictions.

The Asheville Art Museum has reopened for members and on Saturday reopens to the general public. Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center opens its doors Sept. 16. Both are requiring face coverings for all visitors.

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Michael Yannette took over six years ago as director of choir and musical theater at Cherokee Central Schools. From the beginning, he faced a challenge he never encountered in his previous 25 years of teaching.

“I remember the first day I got here and I met the old choir director,” he recalled. “I remember going into the cabinets and seeing these little plastic elbow pipes, and he said, ‘Well, we use it so the kids can hear themselves sing.’ They hold one up to their mouth and the other to their ear, and I was like ‘okay.’”

Suffice to say, these students no longer need the elbow pipes. Over the past few years, as the Cherokee Chamber Singers—they've performed at the Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall and DisneyWorld, along with North Carolina’s capital and other locales in the state.