…simply let it shine

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Art by Andy Farkas “I am lucky. As a child I was allowed opportunities of experience that allowed for a freedom of being that only comes with childhood. Even today I like to imagine myself as a Peter Pan figure. My longing to never grow up has transformed into a longing to retain a portion […]

We Are One. So I Am The One.

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By Lauren Jones, M.A. Special Education, Behavior and Emotional Disabilities If you had told me a year ago that I would be able to drive into any low-income housing neighborhood and see people I know, go up and sit on the porch and catch up on things, and then be invited for Thanksgiving dinner – […]

Why do I create my artwork? Because I have to.

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– 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. […]

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”

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  Kenn’s recent newsletter featured this quote from Kofi Annan, which demonstrates Kenn and OpenDoors’ shared commitment to promote education and literacy for all. As a sixth year donating artist, Kenn explains why he gives to OpenDoors Art Affair. “In my work I am often posing what if questions about the manipulation of space, both […]

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  Contributed Art(icle) by Nancy Joyce: I feel intrinsically drawn to help those less fortunate than myself, specifically those that are misunderstood or misrepresented. OpenDoors allows kids that would otherwise be overlooked, ignored, or that might slip through the cracks to shine and show their true potentials on a level playing field. Life is not fair. We […]

Art Affair 2015: “A Starry Night”

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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 […]

To a Happy and Hopeful New Year!

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We are filled with hope and gratitude as we reach this year’s end. Our gratitude is rooted in the many accomplishments we have achieved through the continued support of our diverse community this year. This involvement has increased our ability to support social workers and classroom educators as they develop necessary skills to reach those who […]

Happy Holidays from Our Random Family to Yours!

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Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc began her firsthand reporting about the sprawling reach of poverty in the Bronx back in the 1990s, and continued that work for more than a decade. Then she published the book “Random Family,” which is a focused analysis and observation of poverty on a micro level of day-to-day struggles. She illuminates […]

FOCUS ON PEOPLE’S STRENGTHS, NOT THEIR NEEDS

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The Big Ideas in Social Change for 2014 column in the New York Times changed the way we talk about OpenDoors Teamleaders.  Author Tina Rosenberg describes “Task-Shifting” as an alternative way that volunteers can learn to fill a need in the community without the full degree or training that specialists usually receive. The World Health […]

Help a Child Shine Bright

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Your generous gift to OpenDoors of Asheville this holiday season will positively and permanently change the life of a child. Your gift also gains value for years to come because creating equal access to education and enrichment makes a critical difference in a child’s ability to become an inspired learner and a contributing member of […]

Thanks for Gifts that Keep on Giving

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OpenDoors is committed to helping students who live in poverty to become proficient readers before they enter high school. We are able to do this thanks to generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s People In Need Grant. We are enormously grateful to […]

Improving Student Outcomes Through Middle School Academic Success

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By Jen Ramming: OpenDoors loves the middle grades because they are a true test of our methodology, which relies very much on our volunteer TeamLeaders and parents working together to support their students with a “Whatever it Takes” approach.  In order to ensure that our 6th graders are at a best-fit school that embraces who […]

Art Affair 2015 – Save the Date!

Art Affair 2015 - Save the Date - March 7th, 2015

Saturday March 7th, 2015. Tickets go on sale January 7th for the sixth annual OpenDoors of Asheville fundraiser, dubbed Art Affair 2015: A Starry Night.
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Parker + Priddy = Perfect

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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 […]

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.

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 […]