“Can their industry seek a profitable and sustainable level without community funding? We owe them an opportunity, but not a living.”
“Many artists, creatives, musicians and performers are leaving due to the rapidly increasing cost of living, putting Asheville’s culture at risk,” says Stephanie Moore of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Despite a flurry of concern and initiative, local leaders and developers are finding that providing affordable living and working space for the area’s working artists remains a difficult challenge as property values and rents continue to climb in the city.
“The creativity of our small city enthralled the people from the North and South. But soon the starving artists had to move away themselves because they no longer could live here.”
After planning for more than a year, Asheville natives E.J. Horrocks and Alex Manfred will make their Appalachian Trail dreams come true while raising money to help Lori Greenberg make Aurora Studio & Gallery a reality. (Flier image courtesy of Aurora Gallery & Studio)
Homeless, stressed and dealing with a family crisis, the woman hardly seemed a goddess when she entered the Neil Dobbins Center in Asheville. But for drug-and-alcohol counselor Lori Greenberg, this woman would become her muse. This May, Greenberg founded the Aurora Studio & Gallery for artists struggling with mental illness, addiction and homelessness. She hopes to open the studio sometime next year in the River Arts District. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
A new downtown Asheville multi-use space for artists launches on Friday, Aug. 31, with a kickoff party and four bands (including Fine Peduncle, pictured).
After moving to Asheville, Amy Brandenburg found what she always wanted – a home where she could sit on her porch, drinking her morning coffee, surrounded by nature and her garden. She also found the inspiration to pursue her passion and skills with jewelry as a career.
Asheville’s second Creative Sector Summit will be held on Thursday, March 29.
The Southern Highlands Craft Guild at the Civic Center featured over 200 craft booths, demonstrations, and live music and entertainment. Featured crafts included woodworking, printmaking, pottery, ceramics, glass, paintings, quilts, fabrics, hats, clothes, jewelry, and more.