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*VISUAL ART, FILM & EXHIBITIONS  Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Joe Biden’s ‘Poignant’ Inaugural Painting

*VISUAL ART, FILM & EXHIBITIONS Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Joe Biden’s ‘Poignant’ Inaugural Painting

Eleanor Harvey posits that the 1859 landscape’s message of hope resonated with First Lady Jill Biden, who helped select the artwork

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*SUSTAINABILITY: The United States Will Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

*SUSTAINABILITY: The United States Will Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

By Theresa Machemer  in Smithsonian Magazine

The move is one of several climate-related actions taken by President Joe Biden on his first day in office

On his first day in office, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. signed 17 executive orders, including one stating the administration’s focus on addressing climate change and rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. The international accord goes into effect for the U.S. in 30 days, on February 19.

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*CHANGEMAKERS: Amanda Gorman reads poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at Biden inauguration

*CHANGEMAKERS: Amanda Gorman reads poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at Biden inauguration

By Amy B Wang and Stephanie Merry in Washington Post, Lifestyles

Yes, we have a new president, but the real news is that America has fallen in love with a poet named Amanda GormanThe 22-year-old Harvard graduate, who describes herself as “a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,” captivated the nation on Wednesday when she stood on the inauguration dais and recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” (watch).

Accolades poured in from millions of new fans, including Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hillary Clinton, who tweeted that she can’t wait for the young poet to run for president in 2036. Gorman was wearing jewelry from Oprah: a pair of earrings and a birdcage ring, an allusion to “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou, who performed at the 1993 inauguration. CLICK FOR MORE

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*UPCOMING EVENTS: Women’s History

*UPCOMING EVENTS: Women’s History

For the last twenty years, the National Women’s History Museum has served as the largest online cultural institution dedicated to US women’s history.

As an institution, it has galvanized support for preserving, illuminating, and sharing the powerful history of women in America.

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IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

Honoring the legacy of a civil rights icon, groups across the mountains began celebrating the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday morning, the MLK Association of Asheville and Buncombe County hosted a virtual prayer breakfast.

It had been recorded at New Mt Olive Baptist Church in Asheville and featured gospel singers, sermons and testimonials.

ASHEVILLE’S 40TH DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION MOVES ONLINE

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AMI WORTHEN: Community Care During Coronavirus

AMI WORTHEN: Community Care During Coronavirus

This information from Asheville Blade was originally published in March 14, 2020 by Leigh Cowart.

With a pandemic upon us, here are some links and notes that I hope will be of use. Much love as we take care of ourselves and those around us.

The reality

Thanks to the Asheville Blade for this informative article, Preparing for COVID-19 – definitely worth reading and sharing widely.

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*ASHEVILLE NEWS from Our City  – Arts, Energy, Racial Equity excetera

*ASHEVILLE NEWS from Our City – Arts, Energy, Racial Equity excetera

Look ahead: City of Asheville projects and initiatives for the new year, 2021

Asheville residents can look upon the new year with optimism. Together, we’ve weathered a pandemic and a vaccine will be available this year. Even so, the City of Asheville’s response to COVID-19 will continue in the new year, in coordination with the state of North Carolina and Buncombe County.

Residents can look forward to advances in social change in 2021 as well, as City staff incorporate Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville into the budget, reimagining public safety and all the other work that will go into serving this community in the coming year. CLICK FOR MORE

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A NOTE FROM ELIZABETH MCCAIN: A Lesbian Belle Tells Southern Stories of Family, Loss and Love

A NOTE FROM ELIZABETH MCCAIN: A Lesbian Belle Tells Southern Stories of Family, Loss and Love

Happy New Year, Everyone,
I hope you had a restful holiday season. 2020 was certainly a difficult year. And 2021 is already intense. I have been shocked and outraged here in the DC area by the recent violent mob of rioters at the Capitol. May we all make room in our hearts for all of our emotions. Deep breaths.

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ASHEVILLE TRAVEL BLOG

ASHEVILLE TRAVEL BLOG

The Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to serve 1,300 local businesses as tourism industry partners. The CVB offers Partner Forums and headliner events that provide partners with promotional, sales, and networking opportunities throughout the year. The CVB also offers tourism partner orientation to help connect local businesses with the free marketing services provided by the BCTDA. A newsletter, Facebook page, and the AshevilleCVB.com website also provide resources to the Buncombe County tourism sector.

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PIONEERS of the Modern-Day Women’s Movement

PIONEERS of the Modern-Day Women’s Movement

We remember those who have made a significant contribution to gender equality and women’s lives and well-being, and thus to human rights and well-being.  With honor and respect for their work and effort, we will not forget.

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JOIN OUR PROGRAMS at MOUNTAIN TRUE for Action and Advocacy

JOIN OUR PROGRAMS at MOUNTAIN TRUE for Action and Advocacy

Programs

Through a focus on sensible land use, forest health, and water quality, MountainTrue advocates for policies that allow people and the environment to thrive. MountainTrue unleashes the power of people’s voices to protect the natural heritage of our region through knowledge, action and collaboration. We convene key partners — nonprofit and community groups, government, and private industry — to devise the best strategies to improve the quality of development and preserve the unique rural character of our region.

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*FEATURE: REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTISTS and friends of SheVille  – So, why is performance art important, you ask?

*FEATURE: REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTISTS and friends of SheVille – So, why is performance art important, you ask?

In the closing decades of the 20th century, performing arts critics became increasingly despondent about the longevity of these art forms. Many believed that the performing arts would gradually become obsolete, thanks to the rise of the TV and also of the early Internet. The critics stated that the arts would become as relevant to 21st-century society as string quartets were to their own time, and believed that gradually, the performing arts world would become unfashionable and little used by society.

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