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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.  


GREAT MODELS OF FATHERHOOD ON SCREEN in the Representation Project

Happy Father’s Day from The Representation Project! Fathers in the media are often portrayed in stereotypical and even insulting ways. Since the fathers that we see on screens send powerful messages about this important role, it’s helpful to reflect on how content producers choose to portray dads. Here are our picks for best and worst dad representations in entertainment media.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Colorado becomes 18th state to outlaw “conversion therapy” as North Carolina’s bill goes unheard

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Last week Colorado became the 18th U.S. state to outlaw so-called “conversion therapy” — a scientifically discredited practice that attempts to “cure” people of being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado’s openly gay governor, also signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people to get state-issued ID and other documents that correctly reflects their gender identity.

In North Carolina, the Mental Health Protection Act, was filed in March. It would outlaw converstion therapy, part of a rapidly growing national movement.  Despite polls showing overwhelming bipartisan support for the ban, it faced stiff opposition from religious groups and conservative Republicans and did not receive a hearing in this legislative session. No such bill has yet been passed in any state in the Southeast. Continue

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CELEBRATING TRANSGENDER REPRESENTATION

in The Representation Project

It’s that time of year again…time to break out the summer clothes, get out in the sun, be OUTand celebrate pride—and transgender representation!!

This year’s Pride festivities mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, and New York City has joined forces with World Pride to host the 1st ever World Pride on US soil. Many fearless LGBTQIA+ leaders emerged after Stonewall, notably Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) founders Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to honor the two women by creating the world’s first ever permanent, public art monument to transgender women. Continue reading


DECOLONIZING BC’s Roadside History – in Culturally Modified

By Joanne Hammond 

In September 2016, a sign was unveiled just up the street from my home in Kamloops. It’s the kind of familiar sign that dots Canada’s highways, meant for motorists to pull over, learn a thing or two about local history, and move on with new appreciation for the landscape. The new sign kicked off a campaign by the BC Ministry of Transportation to expand the province’s stock of public history and to invite suggestions about the stories people would like to tell.  


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


The Kicker, Show 17 | Food insecurity in Western North Carolina – The Faces of Hunger

Welcome to The Kicker from Carolina Public Press, a North Carolina news show bringing you conversations with journalists, sources and newsmakers from across the state.

In this episode, Kicker host Peter Kent talks with Hannah Randall and Amy Sims of Manna FoodBank, which serves a 16-county region of Western North Carolina, about issues of food insecurity the region they serve. 


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!


Why 2019 Marks the Beginning of the Next Cycle of American History

By Ronald L. Feinman

A century ago, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. argued that history occurs in cycles. His son, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., furthered this theory in his own scholarship. As I reflect on Schlesinger’s work and the history of the United States, it seems clear to me that American history has three 74-year-long cycles. America has had four major crisis turning points, each 74 years apart, from the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to today.


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.


CENTER ACTION LGBTQIA NEWS – June 2019

Last Friday President Donald Trump tweeted about celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month and added an LGBTQ-themed t-shirt to his online store. But he didn’t actually proclaim June as Pride Month. The White House confirmed that no official proclamation recognizing Pride Month had been issued.  The tweet came a week after the administration confirmed it would be dismantlingsome of the last remaining federal protections for LGBTQ people, setting our community up for even more discrimination in health care and in homeless shelters. The administration also confirmed it was overturning a protection that prohibits adoption and foster-care agencies from receiving federal funding if they discriminate against same-sex couples. These are just two of over 110 attacks made on the LGBTQ population since Trump has taken office.


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 


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