All You Do is Win Win Win

It’s a Car Raffle.  You spend $99.  What do you get?  100% chance you’ll help a child in need.  Right here in our hometown you will help OpenDoors fund Access to top-notch Education, like Orton Gillingham tutoring for children struggling with academics.  You will help fund Enrichment activities for local kids who yearn to play […]

A Catamount for a Cause

Quanteria Sitton, our new Student Advocate for OpenDoors, graduated from Western Carolina University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Quan has many years of experience working with at-risk youth and youth with disabilities in the after-school and summer camp settings. She is a native of Asheville and offered to […]

The ABC’s of Eradicating Child Poverty

“Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the branches of the learning tree. But without the roots of love every day, your education is not complete.” Recognize that scholarly quote? If not, read on…all things are revealed in their own time. Aren’t you glad you CAN read?  Many OpenDoors kids could not, until OpenDoors gave them some […]

2017 Car Raffle–Enter to Win!!

You might win a Volkwagen Jetta or Golf Sportwagen from OpenDoors of Asheville!   Join us in investing in our community by purchasing a car raffle ticket.  All proceeds directly fund programming to uplift our children and provide them with the opportunities they need for maximizing their potential.  The drawing date will be on or […]

Making this Summer the Best One Ever!

Children are excited when school lets out for the long summer break.  Images of families visiting beaches, waterfalls, historic places and museums are all over social media. This is not the case for all children…many are left behind.  Kids growing up in Asheville’s poorest homes find summer hot, days long, and healthy food scarce.  Even […]

ananda fashion show – Sunday, April 23

Join us on the patio and in the beautiful new Wedge event room for an early evening artistic inspiration, exploring the world of hair and fashion! This Sunday, at 6pm, the new Wedge Brewing @Foundation and ananda Hair Studio will be presenting the annual ananda fashion show.  This collaborative event spotlights local talent while supporting […]

Behind the Curtain

The creative whizz-bang momentum of OpenDoors’ Art Affair usually starts around June, with visionary stylist Larry Hopkins, owner and founder of Asheville’s ananda hair studios, sketching concepts on a cocktail napkin with the OpenDoors creative team looking on. He’s saying something like, “I think the feel is… and the look could feature…” and from there, […]

Was It Anything But Amazing?!

Thank yous abound to more than 425 of you who attended Art Affair 2017; Urban Canvas – a HUGE success!  The impending weather was ominous, but when a diverse happy crowd of hundreds of beautiful people streamed through the doors of Wedge @ Foundation and 12 Bones, we knew the best party of the year […]

Art Affair 2017–Urban Canvas!

Art Affair 2017 takes place tonight!  Please join us as we invest in children and strengthen our community. VIP starts at 6:00 pm, General Admission at 6:30.  Attire is urban cocktail, bohemian black-tie, artistic Asheville. The event is being held inside the new Wedge Brewery at Foundation, 5 Foundy Street.  For a Google map, click here. […]

Mobile Bidding Starts Wednesday!

All pre-registered ticket holders of this year’s Art Affair will be able to bid early on Silent Auction pieces using their mobile device starting Wednesday, March 8th, at noon.  On Wednesday, once your smartphone number is registered, you will receive an automated welcome text message containing your bidder URL.  You can bid the next increment, set […]

I Am a Work of Art

One Neighborhood, an OpenDoors Arts Program, was created by long time board member and supporter, Dr. Eric Howard, with Roots & Wings Founder and donating artist and sponsor, Ginger Hagood, Tim Schaller (Wedge Brewery) and Darren Green (Old Wood Company).  The vision of One Neighborhood is that students from neighborhoods surrounding the River Arts District […]

Preview Art Affair 2017 Auction Items

Thanks to our incredibly supportive and eager donating artist community, we are excited to reveal the 2017 Art pieces, showcasing top local artists in both our Live and Mobile Auctions.  100% of the proceeds from this auction help provide opportunities for students growing up in multigenerational poverty, like intensive tutoring or summer academics, so that they can reach […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There are at least three saints named Valentine. Once upon a time, a priest named Valentine – who refused to comply with an order from a Roman Emperor to stop performing marriages – was condemned as a criminal. This Valentine didn’t lose his romantic idealism, though, and penned a love letter to the jailer’s daughter…who […]

Artist in the Spotlight–Darren Green

Sustainable, locally sourced, and handmade.  Capturing the spirit of the mountains… The Old Wood Company in the River Arts District specializes in artful home furnishings with a conscious emphasis on quality of materials, uniqueness of design, customization options, and a high level of service. Founder, Darren Green says, “I set out to develop a company that […]

OpenDoors welcomes John Steele!

Please give a warm welcome to John Steele, our new Education Program Liaison! John began tutoring OpenDoors students more than three years ago, after years of teaching in public middle school in the Chapel Hill area, as well as serving as an Orton-Gillingham trained literacy interventionist at the Stone Mountain School in Black Mountain.  Starting […]

Tickets for Art Affair on sale NOW!

Click here to buy tickets! Life is our medium; education, enrichment and advocacy are our palette; and this vibrant city is our community canvas.  Join us at the newly revitalized Foundation, the fabulous new Wedge Brewery and 12 Bones location.  This gala event celebrates artistic Asheville with a vibrant palette of art, entertainment and an […]

Artist in the Spotlight–Cindy Walton

 “Working with Cindy Walton has been a joy.  She is always eager to give.  She is an ‘of course!’ person,” describes OpenDoors Art Chair, Kristan Dewey.  This year will mark Cindy’s 5th year donating to the OpenDoors Art Affair.   Cindy creates her colorful abstractions using the venerable cold-wax method with oils.  She is also […]

Artist in the Spotlight–Spencer Herr

Funny, approachable, and flannel-wearing; Spencer Herr has donated to OpenDoors’ Art Affair for the last 7 years.  This year he will certainly not disappoint.  Visit his studio and you will hear the backstories of all the painting around you.  “Shelter V,” an acrylic, graphite and airbrush piece, could serve as an unexpected reminder of the […]

Happy 2017! Let’s Do This!

Five simple words. What do they mean to you? To a kid growing up in multigenerational poverty, these words can mean the world.  Please help us educate, elevate and celebrate in the New Year! With ACCESS to resources, students who are not thriving at school can get academic support they need to grow and become […]

“How you do this one thing is how you will do everything.” – Zen saying

I know a woman named Theresa. She lives much closer to you than you think. She’s a hometown girl and she attended, but never graduated from Asheville High. She struggled with home issues and told me that she never saw many people from her neighborhood succeed.  She says she didn’t have the confidence or encouragement […]