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Filmmaker Bryon Hurt to deliver MLK Day keynote at UNCA

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville Award-winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt will deliver the keynote address for UNC Asheville’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. week. His talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 in Lipinsky Auditorium on campus. Hurt’s 2006 documentary, Hip-Hop: […]

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N.C. State Board of Elections releases voting demographics for 2014 general election

Press Release North Carolina State Board of Elections The State Board of Elections today released demographic statistics for the 2014 General Election. Results showed a 16% increase in participation by African Americans statewide and 37% higher turnout among voters aged 18-25 compared to 2010, the last midterm election cycle. This was the first general election […]

Bluegrass concert to benefit women’s health nonprofit, Casting for Hope

Press Release Casting For Hope Casting for Hope Presents Mipso in Concert is slated for December 19, 2014 at 7:30 at the CoMMA Auditorium in Morganton, North Carolina. These Carolina foothills will host the poetry of Mipso’s lyrics and the harmonies of music clearly influenced by the bluegrass cultures in Southern Appalachia — all to […]

NCCAT to offer teacher daylong workshops in Cullowhee

Press Release North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development for teachers, will once again offer “Daylong Programs” at the Cullowhee campus in January to help teachers meet one of the challenges of a busy school year—leaving the classroom to participate […]

UNC Asheville announces 5 percent increase in tuition, fees unchanged

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville Tuition at UNC Asheville will increase by 5 percent for in-state and out-of-state of students, while room and board costs and mandatory fees will hold steady under the tuition and fee plan for the 2015-16 academic year approved unanimously by the university’s Board of Trustees at its Dec. […]

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Friends of the Smokies receives $18,000 in donations on #GivingTuesday

Press Release Friends of the Smokies Friends of the Smokies raised more than $18,000 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on #GivingTuesday, a day inspiring people to celebrate giving back by donating to nonprofit organizations in their communities. Donations received by Friends of the Smokies on December 2 were met with $7,000 in matching funds […]


Metro Wines to host ‘Midwinter’s Night’ benefit for animal sanctuary

Press Release Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, Inc. Join us for a magical evening that will delight the senses and lift the spirit: a midwinter night of fun, delectable vegan hors d’oeuvres, flowing wine, delightful company and enjoyable music featuring Atlanta’s jazz/classic country musician, Craig Womack, a virtuoso on the guitar, violin and mandolin, and Asheville’s […]

Local nonprofits may apply for free advertising services with AAFA

Press Release The American Advertising Federation of Asheville The American Advertising Federation of Asheville (AAFA) will choose one nonprofit organization from the community to provide free professional advertising and marketing assistance to in 2015 as part of its annual public service project. Services are provided pro bono by AAFA members and supporters. All interested nonprofits […]

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GreenWorks announces new director

Press Release Asheville GreenWorks After a year-long, nationwide search, Asheville GreenWorks, a 40-year old environmental conservation organization working to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based programs, announces the hiring of its new executive director. Dawn Chávez, who brings 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit management in the environmental field, will take over as […]

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Video: WCU’s marching band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

If you turned on your TV for some holiday festivities yesterday, you may have seen a familiar sight — all the way from New York City! Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of an estimated 3.5 million spectators and another 50 million at-home viewers.

Intro to film: Nicole Hinebaugh, right, will work with Mars Hill University students, including Shamika Davidson, left, and Paige Stack, center, as they document life in Asheville's public housing communities. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Student documentary invites the public into public housing

Working in collaboration with Housing Authority residents and the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, a group of Mars Hill University undergraduate social work students will spend a semester interviewing and filming public housing tenants before assembling their footage into a short film. The idea is to increase a sense of connection in a city where public housing communities are physically and socially isolated.

West End Bakery to host ‘Poetry and Prose Reading Series’

Press Release Wes End Bakery & Cafe The West End Bakery & Café is hosting A Poetry and Prose Reading Series this Fall. This month’s event will feature an excellent cast of local writers including Allan Wolf, Alli Marshall, Matthew Olzmann, Melissa Crowe, Katey Schulz and a few surprises! The series launched in September. Since […]

Carolina Jews for Justice to hold Day of Action for voting rights, Oct. 26

Press Release Carolina Jews for Justice Sunday, October 26, Jewish communities across North Carolina will fight back against the General Assembly’s restrictions on voting rights. Coordinated by Carolina Jews for Justice, a statewide nonprofit, volunteers from major Jewish institutions in Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro will invest hundreds of hours in a “Day of Action,” […]

ASAP, RAFI-USA launch program to increase farmers market sales

Press Release Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Two of North Carolina’s leading local food and farmer advocacy organizations have joined forces on a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) and RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) have partnered on the project, Connect2Direct. The goal for […]