Facilties and Rental Spaces
The YMI Cultural Center is an 18,000 square-foot century old facility with three options for event space hosting. Located in the center of the historic “Block”, the cultural center is in the heart of downtown Asheville. From our spacious auditorium space to our executive boardroom, the YMI Cultural Center offers a variety of options for you to host your next business meeting, luncheon, reception, performance or social occasion.
A Galley prep kitchen space is located on the mezzanine level adjacent to the Gallery for event hosting.
A microphone sound system is available to be used for events in any of our spaces at an additional cost.
Spaces Available for Short-Term Rentals
The Ray Auditorium offers a spacious area for various events to include wedding receptions, dances and conferences. This 2232 square foot event space can accommodate 275 for a standing reception and 200 seated. The hardwood floors and historic arched beams create an ambiance where guests are able to truly experience the character of elegance. A 6-foot Mason-Hamlin grand piano graces the space and is available to those leasing this space for an additional fee.
The Gallery located on the mezzanine level of the YMI is a carpeted open flow space separated with an arched entrance from the front to the rear space. The Gallery houses various exhibitions throughout the year. This 1,385 square feet space is perfect for hosting creative workshops, seminars, training ,small receptions, programs, and lectures. This event space can accommodate 135 standing and 90 seated.
The boardroom is our executive space that can seat up to 17 people at its elegant wooden conference table. Windows located in the room allow for views of the historic “Block”.
Office/Business Spaces Available for Long-Term Lease
Long term lease options are available for other YMI properties, ranging from 1070 to 1250 square feet.