Bravo, Asheville Area Arts Council

I believe the value of the arts in society is to uplift the human spirit. Uplifting would describe my experience at the Asheville Area Arts Council Turquoise Ball, held at the Orange Peel Aug. 27.

The Ball was so much more than a fundraising event. From the moment I entered the Peel, I was mesmerized by the multifaceted, multimedia art that was interwoven throughout the evening via local artists. The fashion show, painters, music, performers of several genres, video, circus arts, food and more — each person that walked through door instantly became a part of one giant participatory masterpiece. (And speaking of “uplifting,” the Eternity youth dance group stole the show.)

Every detail was purposeful. To envision and coordinate an event such as the Turquoise Ball takes hard work and heartfelt leadership. AAAC is fortunate to have the fresh, bold leadership of Graham Hackett. Thanks for a great evening and for inspiring hope in the future of the arts in Asheville.

— Renee Owen

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