This Is How We Roll… OpenDoors and RiverSpace

OpenDoors helps to pilot the RiverSpace program in partnership with local kayaking legend, Andrew Holcombe to offer kayaking instruction to our middle and high school student ambassadors. In this program, students learn about their strengths and challenges while kayaking on the French Broad River and in the UNCA pool. The program aims to provide OpenDoors students with exposure to […]

OpenDoors Kids Treated to a Hiphop Art “Trek”

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 […]

“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 […]

Porsche Raffle 2016 – Drawing October 1

Porsche Raffle 2016 – Drawing date October 1 For $150, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2017 Porsche Cayman or Cayenne, your choice.  Winner also has the option of selling the vehicle back to the dealership for cash.  To hold the drawing we will sell a minimum of 600 […]

“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 […]

Art Affair 2016

What a night! Thank you to all those of you that attended and supported us, making it a night to remember!

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 […]

OpenDoors welcomes Diana Hanbury King for Teacher Training

OpenDoors and Camp Spring Creek recently held our second “level two” teacher training for Asheville City Schools teachers. This additional training provided teacher three continuing education credits as well as brought them a step closer to achieving Associates level accreditation through the Orton- Gillingham Academy. Teachers who progress through OpenDoors’ level two training are eligible […]

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 […]