Hayden Wilson Makes Molten Glass that Melts Human Barriers

WNC native and 2nd generation glass artist Hayden Wilson manages the nonprofit public access studio at the Asheville Glass Center. He also volunteers with OpenDoors students, mentoring them with hands-on training in the art of glassblowing. That exciting after-school initiative is possible thanks to OpenDoors’ unique One Neighborhood arts enrichment program. The program, run and […]

Live and Let Flourish

Ladies and gentlemen, hire a sitter, check the weather forecast, download your Uber app, and join us for an elegantly iconic evening as we break the cycle of poverty for children.  Shocking, positively shocking!   Art Affair 2019: Mission X. Celebrating 10 years of breaking the cycle of poverty.   Join us at Ambrose West […]

Nicki Ingle: Spying the Sustained Value Behind Mission X

Asheville native Nicki Ingle brings business, marketing, and nonprofit experience ─ plus a deeply-felt love of Asheville ─ to her volunteer role as Co-Chair of Art Affair 2019: Mission X. We asked her about that, as part of the OpenDoors 10th Anniversary “10 Years10 People” series.   Question: What’s your focus leading up to this […]

Save The Date for our 10th Anniversary Art Affair Gala!!

Art Affair 2019…..Celebrating 10 years of helping families break the cycle of poverty. MISSION X. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join us in commemorating this 10th year of our Xistence. Join us at Ambrose West on March 9th to celebrate the successes of our students! Investigate exciting selections of Art, […]

Larry Hopkins and OpenDoors of Asheville: A deliriously-rewarding relationship.

For its 10-year anniversary, we are highlighting a few special members of the OpenDoors community. Larry Hopkins, who moved to Asheville in the mid-1990s, owns and operates ananda hair studio (22 Broadway St., Asheville) and its offshoot, ananda west (37 Paynes Way in the River Arts District). An avid supporter of the arts in WNC, […]

The Truth Fairy says… “Driving Costs!”

Transportation Costs Drive Children Deeper into Poverty. But with your help, OpenDoors can reverse that trend. The longer a child lives in poverty, the greater the chances are that they will never escape it. In fact, for those who spend even half of their critical childhood years in poverty, there is an 84 percent chance […]

The Struggle Bus

It was 12:30 in the afternoon, and with Shawntell as my guide, we struck out for our assignment, designed by OpenDoors Program Director Joseph Jamison. He titled it “The Struggle Bus.” Our mission was to start at the downtown public transit station and figure out how we’d get to work if we worked at the […]

Truth Fairy says… “Caps and frowns!”

This summer gives us ample reason to celebrate!  We are experiencing national graduation rates at an all-time high.  According to the North Carolina School report cards for 2017, graduation rates are higher at both the state and local level: Approximately 88% for both Asheville City Schools (ACS) and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) The racial gap appears to […]

Summer is here! Let’s go to CAMP!!

Summer is here!!! No matter how you plan to spend yours, you can make it even sweeter by supporting a local kid living in poverty this summer. There are many children living in Asheville who have little planned this summer to inspire or educate. The reasons vary from financial crises to not knowing where or […]

BootCampers Rescheduled Rain Date!

BootCampers for Summer Camp!

Join us for a unique OpenDoors opportunity to raise dollars to send local students to Summer Camp!  We are teaming up with Well.Fit Asheville to offer a family friendly, community fitness event. Come get your booty kicked with a real purpose! WHO : Open to all ages and fitness levels, anyone who enjoys having fun, being […]

Gearing Up For Summer!

We are partnering with YMCA Camp Watia to provide opportunities for our students this summer. Please stay tuned for ways to support our students throughout their summer vacation! Check out what these camps have to offer our kids and what they are all about! View more about YMCA Camp Watia at https://www.ymcacampwatia.org/

Art Affair 2018… Everything You Need To Know

Designers, artists, carpenters, stylists, local businesses and many other generous volunteers and sponsors are teaming up to open your hearts, blow your minds, and make our shared community as great as you imagine it can be.  Imagine Nation is our theme… transforming the lives of local students from the experience of “NO” to the unlimited […]

Check Out Our Stunning Selections for Live Auction!

We have many amazing auction items for this year!  Our hearts are full of gratitude as we present our Live Auction offerings, including exquisite art, fabulous travel experiences, and more.  Feast your eyes here and get ready to raise your paddle! Absentee Bidding Instructions here.

Art Affair 2018 Featured Artist Spencer Herr

We are thrilled to have stalwart OpenDoors supporter Spencer Herr as this year’s featured artist for the Art Affair. Mr. Herr’s work received one of the highest bids in last year’s auction, and with growing momentum as a nationally renowned artist, we feel fortunate that he selected a piece for the Art Affair specifically with […]

5 Tips for Success at a Benefit Art Auction

Lauren Brunk of Brunk Auctions gives us the inside scoop on how to navigate a benefit auction, help a worthy cause, and have fun!  We’re sold.    Choosing the right piece for you. The most important thing someone should consider is their personal reaction to the artwork: does it make them feel something? The “why” […]

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 […]