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Bioneers – Conversation on Food, Race, and Justice

Bioneers – Conversation on Food, Race, and Justice
Hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville University
Master of Science in Sustainability Studies
Monday, March 7th

6 – 7:30 pm
YMI Cultural Center
39 South Market Street in Asheville
Discussion of the Pearson Plan to help build the movement and allow more people to plug in through appropriate means.  

February Events

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Hood Huggers Party!
A Hood Hugger is anyone who restores themselves while helping to transform their communities for the good of all. This party is raising funds to support the Hood Huggers initiative. We have a $1500 matching challenge grant for this event, so your ticket purchase will be matched!
Friday, February 5, 7 – 11 pm
The BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St.
Click here to purchase tickets.

hood huggers party

Poetry Event
Saturday, February 20, 3 pm
Burton Street Community Center
134 Burton Street

The Art of Resilience (talk)
Ethical Humanist Society Meeting
Sunday, February 21, 2 pm
Asheville Friends Meeting House
227 Edgewood Road


Happy New Year!

We had a beautiful crowd at our Kwanzaa Celebration and closing party for the Art of Resilience show on December 29. Special thanks to Michael Carter, Norma Baynes, Olufemi Lewis, Libby Kyles, Tiffany Flunory, Shuvonda Harper, and Sheneika Smith for speaking on resilience, Ujamaa and their visions for Black Asheville.  It was a powerful night of celebrating collective power, and planting seeds of intention for the new year.

Here are some photos from that night:

First Hood Tour!

Thanks to the Asheville JCC’s Young Adult Jews of Asheville (YAJA) group for taking the first Hood Tour! We visited Southside, “The Block,” Pisgah View Apartments and the Burton Street community. Contact us to book your group for a tour!hood tour group hood-tours-van-asheville walking around the block

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Upcoming events:

“Return to Burton Street” Reading
Hub City Bookshop & Press 
Saturday, November 21, 1-3 pm
Masonic Temple, 186 W Main St
Spartanburg, SC

 NC Climate Justice Summit
Friday – Sunday, November 20 – 22
Greensboro, NC
The NC Climate Justice Summit (NCCJS) enhances the resilience of North Carolinians through exploring community-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. By convening people across lines of difference–different ages, races, classes, geographies, issue areas and strategies–the Summit broadens grassroots engagement in the climate justice movement at the local, regional and state levels.


The Art of Resilience

Affrilachian Artists
Affrilachian Artists

The Art of Resilience exhibit will be on display at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market Street, between 11 am and 4 pm Monday – Thursday through December 31.

Artist DeWayne Barton will be at the gallery every Tuesday from noon until 3 pm, and by appointment.

Groups are encouraged to contact us to schedule a time for an extended visit with the artist, lunch can be arranged.

Here are some photos from opening night: