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.

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

During the last year, we have conducted more than 700 hours of arts and culture programming for more than 80 youth and involved more than 30 artists in the process. In the same time we have not only provided more than $35,000 in stipends to youth and artists of color for their participation, we have also generated more than $26,000 to support program expenses through social enterprise activities.

This year we ask for you help in reaching our goal of raising $30,000 to support arts and culture programs for youth and communities of color.

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Founded in 2011 and committed to social justice and racial equity, AWITSC provides youth and adults with opportunities to voice their experiences and their passions, through innovative arts and creative placemaking activities that include:

  • Family Voices, a cross-curricular and family-inclusive writing program for students in grades 1-6 that includes an in-school writer-in-residency and out-of-school time family engagement,
  • Our teaching artist residency program provides training, resources, support and placement for artists of color to work with youth and families at both school and community settings, and
  • WOTS/VDLJ, a program that centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown teens, through arts-based programming and opportunities for participants to develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations.

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF RAISING $30,000

ONLINE AUCTION

The online auction will launch on Saturday November 20th and will be open thru the end of the year!

PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE

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The evening of Saturday November 20th at 8:00pm, we will host a virtual concert with local Asheville favorites including: Mike Martinez, Ryan RnB Barber, Siyah, and Marisa Blake.  Joining them will be some of our board members, youth from our programs and more!  The event can be viewed for free from the AWITSC Facebook page or at IamAVL.com, and is made possible by Ingles Markets, Echo Mountain Recording Studios and IamAVL.com.

ART EXHIBIT

From November 19-21 works of art from youth participants in AWITSC programs will be on exhibit alongside local artists of color who have facilitated programs for AWITSC.  This year will include a special exhibit of StoryCraft: an artistic collaboration between AWITSC, Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR), Asheville Parks and Recreation and youth of Asheville.  To respect COVID safety protocols, there will be limited viewing times and capacity. 

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Please click here to help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 and ensure that inspiring, healing arts programming is offered year-round to black and brown youth in Asheville.