OpenDoors VISTA Brings the Art of Stepping to Isaac Dickson Elementary

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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. […]

Extreme Sport and Extraordinary Spirit

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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 […]

The 4th Annual Dig the Du presented by Hunter Subaru is this coming Sunday!

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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 […]

Lives in the Balance: Helping children who are between a rock and a hard place.

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Wally Wallington knows how to use a few pieces of lumber, a couple of baseball-sized stones, and the same amount of elbow grease it takes to twirl a child’s merry-go-round to single-handedly move a truck-sized block of solid concrete The retired engineer is solving the age-old riddle of Stonehenge and if you don’t believe me […]

A poem by OpenDoors Youth, JaZe’l Thompson

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I am from I am from the worms to the birds I am from the rich to the poor I am from trixs to lucky charms I am from the devil to god I am from apes to a human being I am from the video games to the text books I am from A […]

Dig the Du 2014

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Thank you to everyone that came out this Sunday to make this year’s Dig the Du a success!

Event photos are available now.

Art Affair 2015 – Save the Date!

Saturday March 7th, 2015. Tickets go on sale January 7th. More information coming soon.

Art Affair 2014 photography by Katherine Brooks

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  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  

Art Affair 2014

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

One Night in New Orleans is gha-rawn-teed to inspire a veritable parade of rolling good times.
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We did it!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Sky Valley Farms to support OpenDoors at this year’s Dig the Du!  Pictures are available here: https://opendoorsofasheville.shutterfly.com/            

OpenDoors featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

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In the beginning, there was great suspicion and mistrust as residents of the Hillcrest public housing complex observed the white, suburban soccer moms dropping off a young black boy after practice with their own sons, the sounds of high-fives and laughter floating from the minivans as the friends said their goodbyes.

Executive Director Jen Ramming featured as WLOS “Person of the Week”

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She began as a volunteer in her sons third grade classroom. But what our Person of the Week experienced, inspired her to go much further than third grade. She created OpenDoors, and it’s opening hearts and minds…

Read More at: http://wlos.com/shared/community/features/potw/#.URpAM-hxtp5

OpenDoors referenced in WNC Parent Magazine

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OpenDoors Event Helps Children in Need

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It’s only four years old but it’s already one of the most popular fund-raising events in the area. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, a growing crowd of supporters will gather for the OpenDoors of Asheville Art Affair at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, for a “Paris of the South” themed evening to help raise money for children living in poverty. There will be fine art, gourmet food, wine, beer, and lots of great entertainment. Read the full article on the Laurel of Asheville.

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Art Trunkfield and Navante Johnson

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Lisa Whittenburg, mother to Jyquwan Boyd, 21, Navante Johnson, 12 and Jaheim and Cynthia, both fourth graders, sees her relationship with OpenDoors as a joint effort. “OpenDoors is helping me break the poverty chain for my kids so they have hope for a better future [...] Read more »

The 2013 Art Affair, sponsored by Audi Asheville

The Art Affair 2013 presented by Harmony Motors

SAVE THE DATE – February 23rd, 2013, 7pm
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Nashville Songwriters in the Round

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Thank you to all our sponsors and guests who made our first annual Nashville Songwriters in the Round a great success!

Dig the Du Online Registration now open!

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We’ve dug up one dragon of a duathlon, and now it’s up to you to ride it! Multi-sport athletes, trail runners, and mountain bikers: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14th, 10am, for the 2nd annual “Dig the Du” race.

OpenDoors featured in Mountain Xpress

The syllable “op” — as in optimism — derives from Latin. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Ops was the Roman goddess of harvests, who blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the syllable “port” for safe entry or harbor, plus the syllable “unity” for cooperative community, and you get the word “opportunity.” […]