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Press release from the Asheville Area Arts Council:

The Arts Build Community grant supports innovative, arts-based projects that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. Grants range from $500-2,500 and priority is given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

2021-22 Awardees

  • $2,500 Asheville Writers In The Schools & Communities

This project supports residencies for youth in community settings by BIPOC artists.

  • $2,500 American Myth Center

A Different Myth, a collaboration between Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective and the American Myth Center, is a new play development project with the goal of telling Black stories written by Black writers, performed by Black actors.

  • $2,500 Hood Huggers International/Peace Gardens & Market

Supports the creation of a digitally interactive self-guided art walk centered on portraits of historic BIOC figures and/or art created by BIPOC artists.

  • $2,500 Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.

Supports afterschool arts programs with a focus on the jazz band at Delta House Life Development.

  • $2,000 Journeymen Asheville

Journeymen works with In Real Life to provide after-school programming for middle schools in Buncombe county.

  • $2,000 Youth Artists Empowered (YAE)

Provides 6 week arts education classes for 8-10 underserved youth, ages 10-18 with a concentration of youth from our Southside Community.

  • $1,500 The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company

The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company has partnered with the City of Asheville to offer an 8-week theater class to students in afterschool care at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center.


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