Join us and empower black and brown youth to become more hopeful about their futures, experience racial healing and develop a radical imagination to build a better world.

MEET the ARTISTS

El Arte de la Abundancia (The Art of Abundance) is a multimedia, virtual campaign that builds on the generosity of our community to fund Word on the Street/Voz de les Jovenes (WOTS/VDLJ), a program of Asheville Writers In The Schools & Community (AWITSC).

Learn more about some of the amazing artists who are displaying their work in the Arte De La Abundancia art exhibit, including Joseph Pearson, Tarah Singh, Edwin Salas, Juan Diego Reyes, Marcos Martinez, CocoEva and youth artists from The Squad. The exhibit is a celebration of the soft opening for the renovated auditorium at the Arthur R. Edington Center, in partnership with Southside Rising, a community-driven collaboration involving residents from the historic black neighborhood of Southside Asheville and organizations working to make Southside a healthy place for all to live, learn, work, worship and play.

The exhibit is free to the public and will be open for viewing by groups of 10 or less at a time on the evenings of Tuesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 10 from 6p-8p and Saturday, December 12 from 1p-3p. Additional dates and times for viewing will be announced soon. Face coverings and social distancing measures will be expected while attending the exhibit.

Please email southsiderisingavl@gmail.com or call 828-505-8377 for more information on viewing dates and times.

Online Auction

Bid on a wide variety of goods and services in our online auction. Alongside works of visual art created by Squad members, this auction features original works from artists such as Edwin Salas, Jenny Pickens, Joseph Pearson, Juan Diego Reyes, Marcos Martinez, Tarah Singh and CocoEva Alcazar. View auction items and register to bid by clicking this link. Auction runs from November 28 until December 31.

Watch the showcase

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WOTS/VDLJ is an afterschool program that centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown youth, ages 13-19.

Through arts-based programming, participants (known as The Squad) develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations. As members of The Squad, youth build a unique and bilingual space to become hopeful about their futures, experience racial healing and develop a radical imagination to build a better world.

Read about us in the Mountain Xpress

Listen to us on the Palimpsest Podcast

Please click here to help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 and ensure that inspiring, healing arts programming is offered year-round to black and brown youth in Asheville.