ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning January 1, 2015, Asheville Redefines Transit will begin offering service on Sundays and improved service to the Emma and Oakley sections of Asheville.
“Sunday service is at the top of our list for enhancements to the system, and was included as a high priority in the Transit Master Plan,” said Transportation Manager Mariate Echeverry. “This will provide riders more options to get to their workplace and to make needed trips on Sunday.”
Sunday service earned the highest scores in a 2008 Rider Survey and in a follow up survey conducted in 2013. The addition of Sunday service means that ART will operate every day of the year except Christmas, Thanksgiving Day and Easter.
Asheville City Council approved funding for the change in the 2014/2015 budget and the step meets the city’s goals of constant improvement and excellent service as well as Council’s Strategic Goal of supporting multimodal transportation.
“The City’s commitment to increased service will make a major impact on the daily lives of thousands of people,” said Adam Charnack, Vice-Chair of Asheville’s Transit Committee. “Investments like these attract even more riders and we look forward to building on this momentum.”
As part of the implementation of these changes, the City of Asheville will host a public meeting to receive comments and feedback on Wednesday, August 20 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Training Room of the Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza. The meeting will be a drop-in format to take public comment on the most effective times and routes for these improvements.
The meeting will also address changes in response to rider requests that the ART operate direct routes from downtown to the Oakley and Emma areas.
The public can weigh in on changes to the ART system at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ART14 or submit comments by August 25, 2014, to [email protected] or mail to Mariate Echeverry, Transportation Planning Manager, City of Asheville, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville NC 28802.
Paper surveys are also being distributed and collected at the ART Station and in the Emma community to gather as much feedback as possible.
Since the Transit Master Plan launch in 2008, enhancements outlined in that plan have been implemented as funding is secured. Service enhancements that have been implemented include new branding, increased frequency on major corridors, holiday service, increased service on Tunnel Road, 10 new shelters, route schedule improvements and the launch of the NextBus arrival notification system.
ASHEVILLE NC – Our Native American Business Network is coordinating a Native Marketplace from 11am to 3pm at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC), July 15.
This event is free and open to the public, and serves as a showcase for Authentically Cherokee, a group of contemporary Cherokee artists from Cherokee, North Carolina, historically referred to as the Qualla Boundary. Artists will not only sell their work, but also demonstrate their skills. All in the community are encouraged to attend, learn, support and shop from 11-3!
Come meet talented Native craftsmen, including a modern wood ‘carver’ who utilizes technology to etch, engrave and carve Cherokee designs; a basket weaver and jewelry maker; another artist who creates soaps, lotions and more; and others! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Heidi Reiber at [email protected].
The partnership between ONABEN and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce was established as a result of ONABEN’s close work with Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee. There, ONABEN is providing training and technical assistance to the Cherokee, North Carolina community as part of a three-year grant with the Administration for Native Americans. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Asheville, Asheville Area Arts Council and Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Veronica Hix, Executive Director of ONABEN, welcomes people to visit the Chamber during the event, adding, “We are looking forward to this Native Marketplace and working with an amazing group of people, representing a wide variety of contemporary artistry. Not only does it provide a beneficial learning opportunity for these artists, but it is also a fun way to support local artists and small businesses!”
The Sequoyah Fundis an independent, non-profit Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The organization evolved from a loan fund program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Sequoyah Fund’s mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to support entrepreneurship, business start up and expansion, and community development in the seven far western counties of North Carolina and on the Qualla Boundary.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with more than 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with area organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business.
ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network is a national nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ONABEN provides its Indianpreneurship® curriculum, training and organizational consulting focused on developing entrepreneurship in Native communities. The group is driven by its mission to support Indigenous individuals, economic development organizations and communities by increasing opportunities for sustainable economic growth through culturally relevant entrepreneurial training and organizational development.
On Thursday June 5, The Orange Peel will host Asheville’s 2nd Annual Soumu, presented by Lush Life Productions and Zansa. This Soumu, which is a West African term for an all encompassing party- music, dance, food, and art, will be upgrading to a larger venue this year at The Orange Peel. At the last sold out Soumu, funds were raised for 33rd generation djembe player and now U.S. Citizen Adama Dembele to acquire his green card.
Performing live at the event will be afropop/zouglou band Zansa, featuring Ivory Coast native Adama Dembele, Ivorian dancer Barakissa Coulibaly, African drum and dance troupes featuring Adama and Barakissa’s students, Lisa Zahiya performing folk dances of North Africa and contemporary dances from Cairo, acoustic Zansa side project Mande Foly, and members of Juan Benavides Group. Traditional West African cuisine by Soce will be available for purchase (cash only), as well as Senegalese arts and crafts.
In celebrating the African arts, Barakissa Coulibaly will be performing a solo dance piece on the plight of the African woman. Barakissa is a master dancer from Ivory Coast, West Africa, and has toured, performed, and taught in almost 20 countries. Says Barakissa, “”The title of my solo is ‘Without a Shadow,’ which speaks about the revolution of African women. ’Without a Shadow’ reveals the suppressed voice of all women who suffer in silence. As a young adult, I myself, have experienced a direct connection to this pain and suffering that all the women of Africa have endured; however, it is time to be free. It is time tospeak out. It is time to LIVE. Through each step of my solo, I speak out for all of the women around the world, ‘You SHALL, be known.’”
In collaboration with LEAF International, a portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to benefit Barakissa’s company Mouaye in Ivory Coast. Mouaye was started in the 2000s as a safe haven for children and young adults during the violent wartime years. This refuge became a place for people to learn African drumming and dancing, and continues to be so to this day. Our goal is to connect Mouaye, Zansa, LEAF International, and Asheville to help this new partnership continue to grow.
Artistic Company Mouaye was created by Barakissa Coulibaly after the great violent crisis in Ivory Coast during the Gbagbo regime (2000s) as a form of contribution and recognition to the greatness of this country. Company Mouaye is composed of young artists from different villages of Ivory Coast and other West African countries, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. The fresh mix of culture, diversity, and creativity in Company Mouaye preserves the heritage and beauty of African culture and brings it to life!
Barakissa Coulibaly brings young talented artists to the stage in hopes of promoting and enhancing the value of Ivorian cultural heritage in the form of artistic expression; through the use of different masks, rhythms, songs, and traditional dance. There is now a future filled with hope in Ivory Coast and a river of opportunities for future generations.
ASHEVILLE NC – Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.
An iron pour is an artistic activity in which iron is heated, melted and poured into molds to create sculpture. The goal of the event is to invite the community to learn about the art of casting iron while also allowing students to create unique cast iron artwork, said Denise Drury, curator at the Fine Art Museum.
“The Green Energy Park is a perfect location for this event,” Drury said. “Western Carolina students and the community already use the facility for glass blowing, firing ceramics and casing bronze and aluminum. This iron pour is an excellent opportunity to add iron casing to the energy park’s roster of activities.
The pour will be led by artists Tripp Jarvis and Melissa Van Sandt from Tri-State Sculptors, a group of artists from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Morgan Kennedy, who teaches sculpture at WCU, will also take part along with his students.
The iron pour, to be held from 5 until 8 p.m., is open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Jackson County Green Energy Park, the event is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Iron Maidens” that was on view at the Fine Art Museum earlier in the year.
For more information on the iron pour, contact Drury at 828-227-2550.
ASHEVILLE NC – North Carolina potter Mark Hewitt will hold ceramics demonstrations and give an artist’s talk Thursday, Feb. 13, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Demonstrations of the art of throwing ceramics will be in Room 151 from 9:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Hewitt will give an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. in Room 130.
Hewitt’s visit to the WCU School of Art and Design is funded by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. All events are free and open to the public.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, makers of fine china. In the early 1970s, he decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager and began apprenticeships with leading ceramic artists in the United States. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Pittsboro in 1983 to set up their pottery studio.
Hewitt specializes in planters and jars and uses local clays in his pieces. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in London and Tokyo.
“Mark is an Englishman who settled in a small town near Raleigh because he loves the North Carolina wood-fired ceramics tradition and, I hope he would agree, wants to be part of it. He has become one of the best-known potters in the state,” said Joan Byrd, a WCU professor of ceramics.
ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Monday, Jan. 6th, 2014, the City of Asheville ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) service will adjust schedules on nine routes. These changes continue to demonstrate the City of Asheville’s commitment to multi-modal transportation, affordability, and sustainability.
Notices detailing the schedule changes can be found at www.ridetheart.com, at the ART Station at 49 Coxe Ave. and on all buses. New schedules will be available beginning Dec. 16th at the Transit Station. Starting on Jan. 6th GoogleTransit, the trip planning tool using GoogleMaps, will guide riders using the new updated schedules.
The schedule adjustments encompass small changes aimed at improving on-time performance and reducing wait times related to transfers to and from Route C (Cross Town) and Route N. The changes will improve schedules on the Biltmore Ave. (to Mission Hospital) and Patton Ave. (to New Leicester Hwy) routes. In addition, the Tunnel Rd. (to South Tunnel Rd.) corridor will have service three times an hour from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The changes are based on citizen recommendations, surveys and data analysis and have been designed to improve customer satisfaction through route efficiencies. Future Transit Master Plan recommendations can be seen by reviewing the document on line at: www.ashevilletransit.com.
A complete list of route changes can be found below.
· C – Emma – Louisiana – Amboy- Biltmore Vlg.- Fairview Rd.- Swannanoa R. Rd.
o Arrival times at each bus stop adjusted to improve the connections to downtown Asheville. Improve transfers to/from the W3 & W4 on Patton Ave. at Louisiana Ave. Improve transfer to/from E1 on Swannanoa River Rd. at Bleachery Blvd.
· N – Montford – Downtown – MLK – Grove Park Inn
o Improve transfer connections at the Transit Station. From MLK Jr. Dr. to the Transit Station, N will no longer serve Biltmore Ave. north of Hilliard. N will use Hilliard Ave. west bound to serve the Transit Station.
· N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest
o N3 will depart from the Transit Station at :35 and :05 minutes past the hour. An additional late night trip will be added at 10:35pm and the 7:05pm trip will be cancelled.
· E1 – Tunnel – Swannanoa R. Rd. – VA
o Arrival times at each bus stop adjusted to improve route on-time performance.
· E2 – Tunnel – Haw Creek – Porters Cove
o Serve the Haw Creek community on the inbound portion of the route rather than outbound. E2 will depart at :15 minutes after the hour, improving the service frequency on Tunnel Rd.
· S2 – Biltmore – Kenilworth – Social Security
o S2 will depart from the Transit Station at :30 minutes past the hour, improving service on Biltmore Ave. to every 30 minute with S1. For the first trip in the morning at 6:30am, S2 will arrive at the Transit Station at 7:00am.
· S4 – S. French Broad –Livingston Hts. – AB Tech
o S4 will depart from the Transit Station :05 minutes past the hour. This route will now be matched with the S2 route rather than the W3.
· W3 – Patton – Goodwill
o For the first trip in the morning at 6:00am, W3 will arrive at the Transit Station at 6:30am to make connections.
· W4 – Patton – New Leicester – Land of Sky
o W4 will depart from the Transit Station at :30 minutes past the hour, improving service on Patton Ave. to every 30 minutes with W3, shortening wait times to C. For the first trip in the morning, at 6:30 am, W4 will arrive at the Transit Station at 7:00am to make connections.
ASHEVILLE NC – David J. Brown, a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations, has been named director of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University effective July 1.
“Mr. Brown brings unique experiences to our arts community at WCU and our regional partners,” said Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, which oversees the museum. “David has worked in North Carolina a number of years in the arts and brings a localized perspective to a national outlook on arts in our communities. I am looking forward to working with David to advance the arts in our region and state.”
Brown, of Winston-Salem, has worked in the field of art and visual culture for more than 25 years. Since 2010, he has worked as an arts management consultant, lending his expertise to arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was deputy director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., where in addition to overseeing exhibitions and developing a quarterly lecture series he transitioned the 50-year-old institution into a new, 81,000 square-foot facility that included an art learning laboratory.
Brown also has served in leadership and administrative roles with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has worked with artists including Pae White, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Willie Doherty, Lesley Dill, David Byrne, John Waters and Dan Perjovschi. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Old Dominion University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
“I am honored and delighted to be chosen as the new director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum,” Brown said. “Some of the most rewarding times of my career have been in collaboratively creating unique and meaningful intersections with students, artists and the community, and I view the entire WCU campus and region as vibrant partners full of potential.”
Brown is married to Krystyna Puc, assistant dean of liberal arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Their son, Zak, is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown also has a grown daughter, Thea, who resides in Richmond, Va., with her family.
WCU’s 122,000 square-foot Fine Art Museum opened in 2005 with a focus on education, community outreach and development of a permanent collection – now at more than 1,200 pieces – of high artistic merit.
Brown will fill a position left vacant by founding director and curator Martin DeWitt’s retirement in December 2010. Kehrberg extended his thanks to curatorial specialist Denise Drury, who has been serving as interim director of the museum for the past 2½ years. “She inspired our university to bring art into facilities across our campus and maintain initiatives within the Fine Art Museum,” he said.
WCU Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks. For more information about the museum, call 828-227-3591 or go online to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.
ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create an original terrazzo floor design as public art for the U.S. Cellular Center lobby floor.
The U.S. Cellular Center, located in downtown Asheville, is a regional venue for entertainment, trade shows and events that is undergoing a series of renovations. A major component of the renovation is the installation of a new epoxy terrazzo floor depicting integrated artwork located at the entrance way of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The project is open to all qualified artists with experience in pubic art. Artists who have experience designing or installing terrazzo floors in high traffic settings are preferred. The commissioned artist will work collaboratively with the U.S. Cellular Center renovation architect, floor construction contractor, and a citizen review team.
Artists’ proposals will be accepted electronically through May 5, 2013 at CallforEntry.org, also known as CaFÉ™. Project specifications and instructions on how to apply are located at www.callforentry.org. For information about the call for artists, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or [email protected].
The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection with assistance of the Public Art & Cultural Commission. The collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
ASHEVILLE NC – “Spoon Fed,” a new exhibition featuring works on the theme of the overlooked utensil, the spoon, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 15 at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville.
Like most functional items, spoons often go unnoticed. This exhibition is meant to draw attention to their useful beauty by featuring the work of four artists who make, manipulate, or are inspired by the archetype of the spoon.
Each artist takes a different approach: Wes Airgood of Ohio handcrafts spoons with a technical mastery; Sarah Hurtigkarl of Sweden takes a more narrative approach – imagining a world where spoon bowls grow out of pillows, tables, and trees; Joo Hyung Park of South Korea creates hybrid cutlery in her “The Moment of Pleasure” series; and Annie Tung of Canada constructs spoon vignettes which reflect on themes such as love, time, and death.
Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, with viewing hours 12-5 p.m. on weekdays through May 31. The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is located at 1181 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville.
ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved by Asheville City Council. A public meeting to gather input on these changes was held on Nov. 1, 2012. In addition, the public was encouraged to participate in a survey that was available at the ART Station and online. That feedback, along with past ridership data, provided information used in implementing extended service on major corridors to the most popular routes.
Additionally, beginning January 2, 2013, ART will permanently increase its regular service to route E1, departing twice an hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. E1 will continue to depart once an hour between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as well as between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The expanded service is the latest step in the implementation of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. Please visit the ART Station on Coxe Ave or go to www.ridetheart.com to obtain an updated route schedule. ART will operate holiday service beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the following routes:
· C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at :40 past the hour.
· S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.
· E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd. Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.
· W3 – Patton – Goodwill. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.