From mural artist Molly Must
The concept of creating a mural in Triangle Park has been the basis of a new partnership between Just Folks, an organization dedicated to preserving local African-American culture & activity downtown, and the Asheville Design Center (ADC), a local non-profit dedicated to community-driven design. Painter and community-arts organizer Molly Must is project coordinator.
Triangle Park is located on South Market Street in the heart of “The Block,” Asheville’s historic black business district. Though situated just 100 feet behind the dense boutiques and storefronts of Biltmore Avenue, the park, and the Block itself, remain relatively unknown to many Asheville residents and visitors despite the area’s geographic significance.
From the late 1800s until the 1980s, the Block served as the economic center of Western North Carolina’s black community, housing hundreds of black-owned businesses. Yet today the Block holds little evidence of this past vitality.
Help get it there through their Kickstarter Campaign! Make sure you watch the video–it’s wonderful!
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Posted in Community Development, Education & Knowledge Sharing, tagged 12 Bones, Bouchon, Craggie Brewery, Eat Your Greens, GO Party, Green Opportunities, Nona Mia, Roots Catering, The Block, The Southern, YMI Cultural Center on June 20, 2011 |
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Green Opportunities (GO) is hosting their third annual fundraising celebration on June 23 at the YMI Cultural Center in the historic Block neighborhood in downtown Asheville. Proceeds support GO’s efforts to build a just and inclusive Green Economy in Western North Carolina.
New to this year’s event is a dynamic, “Spit ‘N Spin” format that will feature live performances by GO members and friends. Performances will include hip hop and soul musicians, DJs, spoken word artists, break-dancers and more. GO members will be joined by the Urban Arts Institute’s “Hip Hop 4 Peace” performers, a group of urban Asheville youth expressing their lives through creative expression.
In addition to homegrown entertainment, guests of the event will enjoy homegrown food and beverages courtesy of local businesses. Food sponsors so far include 12 Bones, Roots Catering, Nona Mia, Bouchon, The Southern, Eat Your Greens and Craggie Brewery.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the “Spit ‘N Spin” kicking off at 7:00. Festivities are expected to conclude at 9:00.
When: Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market Street, Asheville
What: Local food, beer, and live entertainment, GO-Style.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
To RSVP: Contact 828-398-4158 or email@example.com
Green Opportunities is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives, communities
and the health of the planet through innovative green collar job training and placement programs.
GO is committed to empowering low-income neighborhoods in Asheville by preparing residents for well-paying
jobs, completing hands-on projects that make these neighborhoods safer and more sustainable, and by linking
the residents of these neighborhoods to jobs and other community resources that lead to greater
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Come learn about and share your visions for the revitalization of the Eagle Market Streets neighborhood and The Block. Local organizations will be sharing information about potential community development plans that will provide new residences, businesses and cultural venues on The Block.
Representatives from the following groups will be on hand and ready to answer questions and hear your input:
Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
Mt. Zion Community Development, Inc.
Mountain Housing Opportunities, Inc.
The Performance Center in Asheville
Please drop by the YMI Cultural Center Ray Auditorium today, October 21, 5-7pm to learn more.
Directions to YMI Cultural Center
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