Asheville has seen a lot of growth and positive changes in the past 10 years, and a large majority of the attraction to the Asheville area has been due to our thriving art scene. Unfortunately, the growth seen recently has driven up desire for real estate, and once affordable studio space for artists is being sold to developers for non-studio space purposes. This is creating less and less affordable space for artists to work, forcing out a section of culture that helped make Asheville what it is today.
Our desire is to find clean, safe, usable space to up fit for affordable studio space. Not only a place to work, but also to display and sell artwork. We see opportunities for individual artists to rent space, as well as community art space and monthly events for artists that work out of their home to come together to sell their work.
Since the beginning of our Food Pantry Initiative, we've come to realize that there are many food deserts in the Asheville area. Simply opening your doors with food isn't enough to reach those without transportation, those that would have to bring three kids on the city bus to a food pantry and lug the food and kids back home, people who can't venture too far from home because they are caring for a sick relative, etc.
We wanted to find a way to reach these people in isolation, and we feel the best way to get food to them is through a mobile food pantry. Our current plans are to obtain a bread truck (UPS like truck), outfit it with shelving and refrigeration, attach solar to the roof to power the refrigeration to avoid a loud and expensive generator, and train volunteers to operate the initiative. We are currently in talks with the local food bank and government agencies to access which areas are in the greatest needs for food.
While we are in our due diligence, we are raising funds and taking donations to make this dream a reality. Our two biggest needs are for the truck (a shuttle van, bread truck, etc.) and for finances to outfit the truck. You can Contact Us if you can help with a truck or make a one time Gift.
Community Meals provide the unique opportunity for people from all kinds of backgrounds, income levels, social classes, genders, and race to come together to share their stories, experiences, talents, etc., all around a free, nutritious meal.
Our first community meal is to be annouced. Please join us and bring your appetite, friends, instruments, games, or whatever else you can think of.
Although a RSVP isn’t necessary, it is helpful for us to know how many to prepare for.
To RSVP or for questions, please Contact Us.
We want our ‘love’ events to be smaller local events, so people in their local communities can meet and build relationships with those nearby. West Asheville will be our first target area, with other areas to follow throughout the year. To read more about our ‘love’ events, be sure to check out our Love Asheville page.