Have you registered for Pisgah Legal’s 10th Annual Justice Forum yet? It’s not too late! This year’s Forum features Clint Smith, Ph.D., a writer, teacher and advocate for racial justice. We are excited to bring Clint’s voice, knowledge and perspective to Asheville and Western North Carolina as we seek to better understand the historical, political and sociological factors that have brought us to this moment of change for our country and our mountain communities. Read more about the event in this Asheville Citizen-Times article.
The sociologist Eric Klinenberg published a book in 2018 called “Palaces for the People,” about the importance of shared public spaces in American life. Libraries, child care centers, churches and parks had all been crucial to the country’s historical success, he wrote, and he argued that they remained crucial to helping the country function better and overcome its deep divisions today.
WE ARE A 501(C)3 ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION AND TEN-ACRE SANCTUARY IN EAST ASHEVILLE
Founded in May of 2000 by Barbara Bellows and Trina Hudson, Animal Haven of Asheville rescues and rehabilitates not only domestic animals but farm animals as well. In addition to providing food, shelter and veterinary care to homeless and abused animals, we are also a lifetime home for those not adopted.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue provides the resources and lifesaving programs to build No-Kill communities.
AMICI MUSIC PRESENTS- Three different Jewish-inspired programs in September Mozart Zoom course in Sept.; Beethoven Zoom in October
Dear AmiciMusic friends,
Hope you can join us next week for a couple of different Jewish-themed concerts to celebrate the high holidays. The third Jewish program will be coming up on September 20 (not Sept. 19 as written in last e-blast) and I will send out a link to that one soon.
First up on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30pm is “JEWISH JOYS and SORROWS,” which is hosted by Baltimore’s Beth El Congregation as part of their First Wednesday series. Dr. Eyal Bor, clarinet, will join Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Darragh Fitzgerald, violin; Radhames Santos, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano on an exciting program featuring music by Bloch, Achron, Kogan, Krein, and Prokofiev. That program will go live on September 9 at 7:30 on the Beth El Facebook page at: facebook.com/bethelbalto
AmiciMusic is a chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, dedicated to performing the highest quality chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. We are committed to breaking down barriers between performers and audiences by setting up a more relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts and through informative talks about each composer’s life before each piece is played.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thrilled to hear a strong demand for more opportunities for Black artists and students of color at Penland.
This desire has already resulted in the addition of three new summer 2021 scholarships to our list of scholarships for people of color. They were funded by Penland’s staff, team of directors, and Board of Trustees, respectively. Our staff wanted to make these opportunities as accessible as possible, so each scholarship will cover 100% of tuition, room, and board and also include a stipend for travel and materials.
It says everything about Asheville that the chapel and offices of the Goddess temple are across the street from the First Baptist Church.
Mother Grove Temple was established in 2008. We have a full schedule of programs including public rituals for the ancient holy days (and Earth Day), religious education for adults and children, Full Moon ceremonies, Sunday morning meditation time, and rites of passage by appointment.
Now in its 20th season, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, community outreach and educational residencies and enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into spaces all around the community — from art galleries and historic churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Its musicians believe in social justice through arts access and enjoy bringing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic strata. Directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck, Asheville, NC’s award-winning chamber music repertory company has been nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision.
Women Over Fifty Film Festival will show 58 short films over 5 days, all directed by, or about, women over 50 years old.
The UK’s only international film festival dedicated to celebrating women over 50 returns from 26-30 September 2020.
This week, the sky in the Bay Area near my home turned to shades of orange due to the wildfires impacting the state of California. At midday, I looked up to a heavy blanket of smoke and fog, a bewildering and unfamiliar darkness, a metaphor apt for this time.
RAW AND INTUITIVE
I am a compulsive artist…I paint everyday because I have to!
My images are raw and intuitive. Colors harmonize in unexpected ways and exuberance often collides with angst.
As fall begins to drift in, I’m called back to these lines in Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Summer Day”:
“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
There’s no getting away from the fact that the environment is on everyone’s minds these days—we are all trying to do our bit to help save it. If you are someone who has a garden, you’re in a unique position to be able to do even more to help save the planet and do more for environmental eco-systems.
Of course, a lot of gardening enthusiasts aren’t too sure what eco-friendly garden activity actually looks like. If you’re someone who is passionate about doing their bit for the environment but isn’t sure what building a sustainable garden looks like, then you might be feeling a little confused and unsure regarding the steps that you need to take in order to create a sustainable habitat in your garden.
Grateful Steps Publishing House is pleased to announce the arrival of I Have a Secret, a new book by Asheville author, Andrew Barnett. I Have a Secret honors the struggle of children who have felt they must not tell others about the abuse that has been done to them by adults.
Join Anattasati Magga
every Sunday at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
for Short Morning Service & Dharma class
Short Morning Service: Daily Recitation, Kesa Verse, Meditation.
At recent local protests for racial justice, young people have led chants taken up by thousands of demonstrators protesting the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Some have engaged their colleges’ administrations in discussions about redressing campus inequities, while others joined forces with a multigenerational effort, Black AVL Demands, to advocate for dramatic changes in city policy and spending. Many have been involved in all of those efforts and more.
“Our youth are the energy of the movement,” says Libby Kyles, CEO of the YWCA of Asheville and a Black Lives Matter leader and mentor. “They felt very much like things have not been happening fast enough.” CLICK TO CONTINUE
We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.
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