“Swift gratitude is the sweetest” -Greek Proverb

  Thank you artists, hospitality donors, corporate sponsors, and our beautiful, bighearted guests! Art Affair 2016 was the most successful Art Affair in the history of the event, generating more than $130,000 in vital support for hundreds of local children as they grow, succeed, and shine their brightest. Green Man Brewery owners Wendy and Dennis […]

Laureate Martin Moore Acceptance Speech

OpenDoors Laureate Acceptance Speech By Martin Moore I want to start by saying thank you as well. It means a great deal that I have the opportunity to be here tonight and even more that I can receive this honor for doing work that already means so much to me. Like Ms. Fair stated, as public defenders, we […]

Laureate Yolanda Fair Acceptance Speech

OpenDoors’ 2016 Laureate Acceptance Speech By Yolanda Fair (pictured far right) Thank you all very much for this honor. It means a lot and I am very grateful to be able to work in a position that I love and in a position where I am able to advocate for and help so many amazing […]

“I believe that children are our greatest asset.”

“Voyage” by Josh Copus “If I decide to donate a piece to an art auction, I want to feel proud of what that piece represents, because it is an honor and a privilege to be approached for a donation to a worthy cause.  When I give, I always make sure to give something that I […]

An Event Fit for the Gods

For the past six years we’ve watched the energy build around this annual celebration of philanthropy.  Now, as we near the 7th annual Art Affair, on March 5th at 7 p.m. (VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.) we are experiencing a community effort that is astonishing, humbling, and unprecedented – and is a true and […]

“Where the great potential of humanity resides…”

By Andy Farkas “The world moves ever onward and often times we are all swept up in it. Our tendency is to keep our eyes forward to what is ahead and what we can do to make our own world a better place—sometimes at the expense of what is right around us, namely our children. […]

Peace, Love and Harmony Motors…

“Harmony Motors is dedicated to giving back by supporting many of the wonderful non-profit organizations focused on raising the quality of life for underserved children in Asheville. We enthusiastically support the mission of OpenDoors to end multi-generational poverty and to create new possibilities for kids and their families.” Scott Wilkerson, Owner Harmony Motors We are […]

“No man is an island, entire of itself…” John Donne

“Cold Mountain” by John Mac Kah “In this day of rampant individualism, we have forgotten the words of poet John Donne;  ” No man is an island, entire of itself. Everyman Is a piece of the continent. A part of the Main”. Or rather we don’t really know the words due to a lack of […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom  Tom Kerr, Asheville Freelance Writer When you were in first grade, kids and teachers in your school may have sized you up pretty fast. The principal may have known your mom when she was a kid and made the honor roll. Maybe some teachers went to the same […]

“Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is, “What am I doing for others?”” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been a privilege working with the kids of OpenDoors of Asheville. I have enjoyed watching their progress as we have explored the world of Portraiture. It is very gratifying to see a kid who thinks they have no talent for art discover the artist that has been hidden within them. It brings a great feeling […]

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato

Each student we work with is a new beginning.  Solving academic challenges and eliminating barriers for students at risk for drop-out is like solving a puzzle or untangling a knot. OpenDoors is excited to have seen 35% total growth in resources, which allowed us to serve more students, train more teachers, and make greater impacts […]

OpenDoors of Asheville is Grateful for Your Support!  

You are changing lives. OpenDoors of Asheville helps students who are growing up in poverty to become proficient readers, inspired learners, and productive members of our community. We give special thanks this year to the generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Parsec Financial’s ‘Parsec Prize’, and the Community Foundation of […]

OpenDoors of Asheville Partners with United Way to Ignite a Passion for Reading for Struggling Middle School Learners

Join us on Thursday, November 19th  from 1 pm to 2:15 pm at United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County Research shows (and experience supports) that one of the most fundamental components of breaking the cycle of poverty is assuring that students stay at or above grade level literacy and receive appropriate intervention if they […]

It’s time for you to Dig the Du!

We are excited to hold the 5th Annual Dig the Du and Kids Du 2 this weekend at Sky Valley Farms thanks to the Perry Family in memory of Llewellyn Perry and to benefit the Llewellyn Perry scholarship fund.  The race is presented by Hunter Subaru! We are expecting more than one hundred participants on […]

“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Visits NC During Popular Multi-City Tour

The artist and 52 of his acclaimed portraits will be on hand to honor a local NC role model while inspiring youth and citizens of all ages toward positive civic service and engagement. Americans Who Tell the Truth, a collection of portraits, painted by nationally-acclaimed cultural and educational artist Robert Shetterly,  is coming to Asheville’s […]

Who wants to win a Porsche and support OpenDoors?

We are excited to announce our inaugural Porsche raffle!  $150 enters you into a drawing to win your choice of either a Cayenne or a Cayman from Harmony Motors.  The best part is that all ticket proceeds benefit OpenDoors of Asheville.  Only 999 tickets will be sold and there is no maximum number of tickets […]

Dear Friend of OpenDoors,

How can you make this summer better than any other? Most children are very excited when school lets out for the long summer break.  Facebook is full of photos of families at the beach and on trips to historic places with education-rich visits to museums.  Many of us are looking forward to spending this time […]

Finding a Sustainable Home for S.T.R.I.V.E.

By Jess-Mara Jordan When I first found out that my VISTA project was going to include creating a mentoring program, I thought, “That shouldn’t be too difficult”.  The idea was that by using our new found partnership with UNC Asheville, we could connect OpenDoors students with college mentors in efforts to increase their exposure to college, […]

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

By Lauren Jones Statistically speaking June 12 is not possible for D.  He is black, male, living way below the poverty line, and from a single parent home.  He’s been to jail, failed multiple classes, and been suspended time and time again, expelled from school, and he’s the father of three.  Society would tell you, what’s about […]

In Memory of Jill Abernethy

By Jennifer Ramming “Jill and I met 14 years ago in Montford Park, wearing baby Bjorns with our second and third children’s chubby legs dangling down.  Our families were immediately fast friends who celebrated and traveled together. I have never met a stronger, more optimistic person and devoted mother.  She glowed with laughter and hope.  […]