Ancestors in the Garden June 3
On Saturday, June 3, from 3 to 7 at the Burton Street Peace Gardens will be an event entitled “Ancestors in the Garden.” There will be interactive performances, food and music. Help celebrate the infrastructure improvements we’ve made in the garden. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 each. There are $50 sponsor tickets available for those who want to support Hood Huggers and sponsor tickets for others. Click here for tickets.
LEAF Community Arts
Hood Huggers is partnering with with LEAF Downtown to celebrate up-and-coming artists from historically African American neighborhoods by hosting a talent show at the festival with cash prizes. The dates of the festival are August 4 and 5. We are partnering with U-LEAF Home Run Series to promote block-party style events that will offer arts engagement, networking, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Ghostlight Project May 7
Asheville Creative Arts and Hood Huggers will host a second conversation as part of The Ghostlight Project, Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 3 – 4pm at Burton Street Community Peace Gardens (47 Bryant Street), free and open to the public, with light refreshments. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ghostlight Project is a movement that asks us to examine and articulate our values as institutions, and what we see as the role of theatre and the arts in promoting space, both physically and intellectually, where we may gather and have open communication. Many theaters have missions and outreach that seek to address this gap, so how can we as leaders do better in expanding these efforts, and create the pipeline sought by Hood Huggers, so that truly all are welcome?
Thanks to a partnership with Self-Help Credit Union, this summer Hood Huggers will have three interns that will have the opportunity to learn more about the pipeline of opportunity for their future careers. There will be a college-aged intern working with environmental outreach and two youth interns focused on financial literacy.
We are currently expanding the Green Book black-owned business directory.
Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
We are partnering with the CVB to connect entrepreneurs with resources and exposure.
Peace Gardens Plant Sale
Stop by the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens, 47 Bryant Street, for our self-serve plant sale. There are still lots of great plants available
Hood Huggers is a part of these initiatives:
Energy Innovation Task Force
Community outreach campaign to encourage more energy efficient practices.
Everybody’s Environment is a collaboration of environmental and community groups in Western North Carolina, striving to foster equity and inclusion.
Developing plans to make sure communities impacted by this project receive appropriate re-investment.
Urban Agriculture Alliance
The Urban Agriculture Alliance is a cross-sector collective impact initiative in Buncombe County working to develop a sustainable, resilient, and equitable local food system.
We continue to work with Shiloh, East End and Burton Street neighborhoods on the implementation of the Pearson Plan. Looking at the State of Black Asheville, the Pearson Plan serves as a road map for repairing communities and addressing disparities, designed to meet the goals outlined in established community plans.
We are grateful for the support we receive that makes our work possible. Want to be a part of “Rebuilding Affrilachia?”
Here are two things you can do:
Until next time! Peace!