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.


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.



Participate in our online auction for a chance to bid on some fantastic items including works of art from the WOTS/VDLJ squad and the local artists of color who work with our organization.

In addition to great pieces from such creators as Jenny Pickens, Joseph Pearson, Marcos Martinez and Tarah Singh, the auction also has tickets to live events, weekend getaways and more!

Click here to view the items and place your bid (registration required before bidding). Auction ends at 11:59p on December 31, 2020 so place your bid today!

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.