Screening of 13th Fundraiser
On Monday, December 4, at 6:30 pm, CJJ/West, the Western North Carolina Chapter of the ACLU and Hood Huggers International will be co-sponsoring the screening of 13th, a documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, at the Altamont Theatre, 13 Church Street in Asheville. The film explores the history of racial inequality in the US, focusing on the nation’s prisons that are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
A panel discussion, which will include Hood Huggers’ DeWayne Barton, will follow. Catering will be provided by Comedy Catering, and Black Star Line Brewing from Hendersonville, a new African-American owned brewery, will be featuring its brews. The suggested minimum donation is $5; all funds will go to Hood Huggers. Because space is limited, it is important to RSVP by November 28 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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End of Year Donations
You can click here to make a tax deductible donation to Hood Huggers.
Certificate of Excellence
Hood Tours has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for all of the positive reviews we have received. We appreciate the support! If you’d like to add a review, click here for the Hood Tours page. Thanks in advance!
Best of WNC
In the recent Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” poll, Hood Tours placed third in the “Best City Tour” category. A nice recognition! Our gratitude to all who voted for us.
Southside Arts & Agricultural Center
The Kresge Foundation recently awarded Green Opportunities a grant for this project “to support healing, restoring, and reclaiming community culture, support emerging leaders, grow food, and incubate economic development. The Center will celebrate black culture, creativity, arts and agriculture. Specifically, this grant will provide funding for the Southside Community Garden as well as the renovation of the auditorium in the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center. The Housing Authority will raise the remaining funds required for the auditorium renovation.” Hood Huggers is serving as a consultant for this very exciting project.
Visualize Health Equity
Health equity means everyone has a fair shot at living the healthiest life possible. Personal responsibility plays a key role in health, but the choices we make depend on the choices that are available to us.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, DC, called on artists of all kinds to illustrate what health equity looks, sounds, and feels like to them.
The Burton Street Community Peace Gardens is one of their featured projects.
Visualize Health Equity is part of the NAM’s Culture of Health Program, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is working to identify strategies that support equitable good health for all Americans.
Peace Garden Upgrades
Asheville Creative Arts is assisting with improving the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens. Thanks to a generous gift from Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, we will be adding interactive educational signage and more.
Historical Markers Project
Hood Huggers is consulting with Buncombe County, the African American Heritage Commission, and community leaders on a project to install African American historical markers throughout the county, particularly in historically African American neighborhoods.
E.W. Pearson Center Plans
Hood Huggers working with community groups and business owners to transform the Burton Street Community Center into a multi-faceted entrepreneurial and community hub that will be called the E.W. Pearson Center for Community Innovation. The center will focus on economic development, education and training, health, and community infrastructure.
I-26 Connector Project
Hood Huggers International is working with I-26 ConnectorProject group, the Burton Street Community Association, and neighborhoods impacted by the I-26 Connector Project on mitigation strategies. Public Participation Partners is also supporting the community’s efforts.
Back in School!
As a Culture of Health Leader, DeWayne Barton had intensive leadership training and education. Culture of Health Leaders is a national leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support leaders—from all sectors that have an influence on people’s health—to create collaborative solutions that address health inequities and move their communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health.