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This section gives you information about the uniqueness of Western North Carolina whether you’re a tourist, a newcomer, or simply someone breaking out of habitual patterns to do something different. If we can help please contact us. info@sheville.org
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IMAGINE…A COMMUNITY CONCERT! to benefit the Haywood Street Fresco – August 4, 7pm

Hosted by pianist David Troy Francis, and featuring the most extraordinary performing artists from the Western North Carolina community. Francis returns to Asheville to artistically direct and perform in this concert because of his admiration for the Haywood Street Congregation, their service to the community and The Fresco


A Night of Poetry and Remembrance: Quiet Amidst the Storm – Tracey Schmidt

White Horse Black Mountain  June 30th,  7:30 pm 

Tracey Schmidt returns to White Horse Black Mountain, one of her favorite local venues, to perform by memory the work of Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, and her own work. The performance is Sunday June 30th, 7:30. Tickets are 12.00 in advance  and 15.00 at the door.  


ASHEVILLE NEWS from Our City – Arts, Energy and Racial Equity

City issues call for artists for River Arts District public art project

The City is continuing to implement the River Arts District (RAD) Public Art Plan.

The City of Asheville and the Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) seek qualified artists to submit Letters of Interest in becoming one of three artists asked to submit proposals for a project called Playful Art. When complete, Playful Art will provide an interactive and playful experiential installation for all ages.

From this call for artists, the review committee will choose the top three most qualified artists for this project. Those qualified artists will each be provided with a $250 honorarium to develop two project proposals to include a sketch and narrative for a work of art inspired by the theme of “playful art.” The committee is especially interested in work that highlights the location in the River Arts District as well as accessibility, creativity, play, engagement for all ages, and experience. The work could be a sculpture, earth work, or other appropriate and engaging piece to be installed in a park-like setting along the  French Broad River East Greenway. It will be visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways, free of any admission fee.  

Funding for this project comes from the City’s 1% for Public Art commitment. To learn more and/or to stay up-to-date with the River Arts District Public Art projects, please visit ashevillenc.gov/publicart or click here.

For more information, please contact  Stephanie Monson Dahl, Public Art Program Administrator, at smonson@ashevillenc.gov or 828-337-4111.

Click here for the Call for Artists – Playful Art project description, deadlines and more information.

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City of Asheville to release climate change resource guide and share renewable energy initiative findings

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Interested in local energy and climate issues? Come to the City of Asheville’s Climate Resource Guide release and Renewable Energy Initiative community update.

Set for 5 to 7 p.m. June 19 at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., Fourth Floor, the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) will share information on how — as a community and individually — we can become better prepared and more resilient to the effects of climate change. The event will feature the release of “Building a Climate-Resilient Asheville — Personal Action Guide.”

Asheville has a history of climate-related impacts — major floods in 1916 and 2004, landslides, nuisance flooding, wildfires, and the record drought of 2007–2008, to name a few. The city is also facing other stressors, like pressures from population growth, increasing demand for city services, economic changes, land use issues, and the desire to preserve a sense of place.  Click here to continue reading

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City of Asheville earns GIS award for racial equity mapping project

Cover to presentation titled Mapping Racial Equity in Asheville, NC

The City of Asheville was recently awarded the North Carolina G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS in support of the City’s Mapping Racial Equity project.

Asheville was recognized during the 2019 N.C. GIS Conference in Winston-Salem. City Council officials received the award during their May 14 meeting.

GIS is a geographic information system used as a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data.

The GIS team worked with the Equity & Inclusion office to map and record some of Asheville’s history around race. This included mapping out areas where red-lining and urban renewal occurred. They also crowd-sourced African American history, displacement and neighborhood change.

The City of Asheville is a member of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE) and is able to use its resources and network to continue learning and advancing racial equity goals in Asheville.  “In order for transformation to occur, an understanding of our racialized history is required,” said Kimberlee Archie, Director of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Asheville. “There are specific past and current policies, procedures, practices, and budget decisions that result in disparate outcomes by race.  A mapping tool such as this is critical for us to use for change to occur.”  Click here to continue reading


BLUE RIDGE NATIONAL HERITAGE Exhibitions, Music & Art

24 Years Celebrating Bluff Mountain with Music and Art

Music, art vendors, the river, clogging  and great food are all part of the Bluff Mountain Festival in Hot Springs, NC, Saturday, June 15 beginning at 10 AM. A fundraiser for the Madison County Arts Council began as a community effort to stop clear cutting of forests on Bluff Mountain. Family friendly and supports seven non-profits in Madison County. More here!


DIFFERENT STROKES Performing Arts Collective –

Making Theater that Makes a Difference

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.   Visit us here for Different Strokes Performng Art Collective Season


WESTERN WOMEN’S BUSINESS CONFERENCE June 20 – Building Your Tribe To Build Your Business

“Tell your story. Shout it. Write it. Whisper it if you have to. But tell it. Some won’t understand it. Some will outright reject it. But many will thank you for it. And then the most magical thing will happen. One by one… your tribe will gather. And you will never feel alone again.” L.R. Knost

Building Your Tribe to Build Your Business is an exciting theme for us… we see so many women in the area with growing tribes… yet we know that so many small business owners feel isolated and in need of a tribe… this is a great opportunity to dive deeper into topics related to building your tribe to build your business. You will walk away empowered to build your business with new members of your tribe. 


Previews of the CAROLINA LITERARY FESTIVAL

Join the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival at Burnsville Wine and… on June 14th from 4-7 p.m.  to taste some wines or sparkling sodas, eat some nibbles and learn about the authors coming to the Festival.  At this friend and fundraiser, you can watch a preview of the free Thursday night performance by Red Herring Multi-media productions and their story, “My Grandfather’s Prayers.”


CENTER FOR CRAFT – Keeping Asheville Creative Artspace Survey Findings Ripple out into Asheville’s Development Sector

Last year, Center for Craft and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Artspace, a nonprofit real estate developer that focuses on affordable housing, studio, and performance space for artists, to conduct a community-wide survey to assess the needs of area creatives – from individuals to cultural organizations and related businesses.

The landmark survey, taken by 1,265 individuals and 170 organizations, documents the immediate need for affordable spaces for makers, designers, and performers in Asheville. The study found that a majority of artists (86%) and arts organizations (78%) would be interested in renting space in a multi-use arts facility in Asheville, North Carolina (see the full survey results here).  Click here to continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant Kodi Lee shattered stereotypes about disability

By Associate Professor of the Composition, Philosophy and Analysis of Music, Vanderbilt University in The Conversation

If you haven’t seen Kodi Lee’s May 28 performance on “America’s Got Talent,” it’s worth a watchThe 22-year-old Lee is blind and has autism. His rendition of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” brought the crowd to its feet – and thrilled viewers at home.


NORTH CAROLINA STAGE COMPANY – Upcoming Productions

NC Stage Company has been voted best local theatre 8 out of the past 9 years in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll. NC Stage was also recently awarded the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Grant.

North Carolina Stage Company is a professional theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina working with members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, under a Small Professional Theatre Tier 4 Contract. As a non-profit, professional theatre, North Carolina Stage Company depends on contributions to support our programs. We are a professional theatre in downtown Asehville producing award-winning plays since 2002.  NC State Upcoming Season 


I AM EVIDENCE – Environmental & Social Justice Film Night Friday, June 14th, 7 PM

Produced by Mariska Hargitay and HBO, I AM EVIDENCE exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the United States today. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, hundreds of thousands of kits containing potentially crucial DNA evidence languish untested in police evidence storage rooms.


DRUMMING AT THE LIGHT CENTER in Black Mountain – April through September

Bring a lawn chair, your Sacred Sound instrument and a smile to the Drum Circle at the UR dome in Black Mountain, NC.  We start our circles at 6:30 p.m.  in the green space between the dome and the labyrinth.  The 4th Saturday of each month, from April through September, we’ll gather to share traditional Lakota songs, generate creative beats, and send love, light, healing and  gratitude to our beautiful Earth Mother. (This event is suggested by Lytingale)


THE COREY ANNE CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, August 2019

The Florence Thomas Art School will host the 7th Annual Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts beginning in August, 2019.  The celebration will consist of three events: an Opening Reception, a Symposium, and an Expressive Arts workshop in conjunction with a month long exhibit including the work of local and regional female artists.


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