North Carolina Arts Council Board

The North Carolina Arts Council is governed by a 24-member board appointed by the governor. The board advises the Secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources on the policies and programs of the N.C. Arts Council.
Asha Bala is honored to be invited by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the Board of the North Carolina Arts Council. She considers it a privilege to be given the opportunity to advocate for the arts.
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Letter from NC Governor Roy Cooper
appointing Asha Bala as a Member of the North Carolina Arts Council


For North Carolina Art Council’s International Women’s day Tribute link(PC-NC Arts Council)Lead up to the Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2018

North Carolina Arts Council’s Tribute on International Women’s day

March 8, 2018
Recognition for #internationalwomensday

For Podcast Link (PC-NC Arts Council)


Arts Across NC is a podcast by the North Carolina Arts Council that puts focus on North Carolina’s rich artistic traditions that have contributed to the state’s vitality and identity for centuries. In this podcast, host Sandra Davidson talks to Asha Bala about her mission to make Bharata Natyam, an ancient South Indian dance a celebrated American dance form.

April 09, 2018
Story by Sandra Davidson

The State of Things

 For The State of Things may 11 link(PC-NC Arts Council)A live radio broadcast produced by North Carolina Public Radio,devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to its listeners.

In this segment, host Frank Stasio talks to Asha Bala and the Executive Director of North Carolina Arts council, Wayne Martin about the Heritage Award and Bharata Natyam.

May 11, 2018
NPR Radio Broadcast on The State of Things interview

In this segment, producer and co-host Anita Rao talks to Asha Bala on her long association with Bharata Natyam and on Bringing An Ancient Dance to A Modern Diaspora.

June 23, 2018
Second NPR Radio Broadcast on The State of Things interview

Feature Article on Leela School of Dance by Cary Magazine