We invite you to celebrate life in artistic Asheville, where OpenDoors students transform barriers into artful opportunities. Life is our medium; education, enrichment and advocacy are our palette; and this vibrant city is our community canvas. Join us, as we paint the town and invest in children– our shared future! The Art Affair, a premier […]
OpenDoors was excited to partner with PATH (Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching HipHop) during a 3-day urban visual arts workshop, led by the internationally-renowned artist Trek6 – who divides his time between Asheville and his hometown of Miami, FL, and celebrated Miami based HipHop MC, Sekajipo. PATH is an innovative organization that uses HipHop culture and education to advance academic […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
What a night! Thank you to all those of you that attended and supported us, making it a night to remember!
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 […]
Also known as, “WNC’s dirty duathlon” because it takes place on private, undisturbed land, Dig the Du is not only a good introduction to off-road, multi-sport events, it is also a great venue for seasoned athletes.
– by Grant Penny I suspect many, if not most, artists would agree. There is an inner necessity to produce work. If I were to deny my drive to create I would be denying myself. I enjoy the process of taking a thought/an idea, mulling it over, nudging it, tweaking it, committing to it. Paper and glue are unforgiving. […]
Mark your calendars and start your engines! The OpenDoors volunteer team that dubbed itself “The Pit Crew” has been working nonstop to produce the most spectacular Art Affair event in OpenDoors of Asheville history. On the evening of March 7th, 2015, all three Harmony Motors showrooms will be transformed into a gala galaxy to host the […]
By Jen Ramming: OpenDoors of Asheville is made possible by those who are willing to collaborate. WNC is, both historically and today, full of fanatically independent spirits. But on a daily basis we are astonished by the number of people who come forth with their time, money, talent, and hearts to collaborate and make a […]
Thank you to everyone that came out this Sunday to make this year’s Dig the Du a success!
Event photos are available now.
By- Jess-Mara Jordan: Stepping is a type of dance that is done with your entire body being used as an instrument. It is a combination of spoken word, stomping and clapping. It’s origins date back to South Africa where the miners used to make rhythms with their boots, called gumboots, when drumming was not allowed. […]
The Perry family, who generously provides the large and splendid venue for our annual ‘Dig the Du’ offroad Duathlon event, doesn’t like to be “fussed over.” They give back to their community in gigantic ways, but prefer to do so in a quiet and unassuming manner, just as their beloved Grammy Lew did. Today, October […]
This race is WNC’s best off-road duathlon and a fun and exciting multi-sport competition including races for both adults and youth ages 6-13, raising money for OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund. Race start time is 10:30 am at Sky Valley Farms near Dupont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC. This very challenging but fun, family friendly race event is […]
Thank you to everyone who came out to support OpenDoors at this year’s Art Affair! Please follow the link below to see more photos from the evening. Art Affair 2014 Photographs