Conscious Party: Supporting the SHE

WHAT: An Evening of Spoken Word & Cello

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: 35 Wall St., Asheville

WHY: The aSHEville Museum, a women’s cultural museum contributing to the creation of  a more just and equitable world, focuses on giving women a voice and highlighting their accomplishments and experiences. To further this mission and continue helping women and girls, the museum is hosting an evening of the arts, with light refreshments and a silent auction. “I don’t know of many places promoting gender equality around the world, and we want to promote women’s history, their challenges, successes, achievements and advances in equality from the local to the global, from the historic to the contemporary,” notes museum founder Heidi Swann.

To start off the evening, guests may enjoy light refreshments provided by local producers Spinning Spider Creamery and Buchi Kombucha while participating in a “pick-a-prize” silent auction. In this style of silent auction, guests purchase tickets and place them in the hat for the prize they are interested in winning, such as local art and a spa experience at Spa Theology.

After socializing, Laura Hope-Gill, director of the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, will present stories of her world travels and those of her grandmother, who was interned by the Japanese in World War II. Following Hope-Gill, Nan Kemberling, principal cellist for the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Savannah Philharmonic and the Columbus Symphony, performs. Then, both women join to perform an improvisational recitation with musical accompaniment.

Tickets for the event are $18; $15 for members. All proceeds from the event will be used to support more artists and exhibits at the museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 785-5722 or visit ashevillemuseum.com. —  Michael McDonald

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