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83º | 10% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:14 a.m. | Sunset 8:48 p.m.

Telling a community’s story through art
Leslie Rosenberg (STEAM staff) and Nore Williams skill building for Creatives Under Instruction
UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio became a home for the initiative.|Photo via Asheville Creative Arts
The practice is deemed “placekeeping.” Purely denotatively, it is preserving a place’s culture, history, and values, rather than focusing on improving a community just by adding to it. Placekeeping strengthens and safeguards what already exists. For Creatives Under Instruction, the ‘place’ is the Burton Street neighborhood and the ‘keeping’ is public art.

Inspiration for instruction

Hood Huggers founder DeWayne Barton had already been offering youth learning programs for more than a decade through Hood Huggers International Under Instruction (HHIUI) when this public art initiative began in 2022. Through the program, students construct and install public art pieces, in advance of the I-26 Connector project’s impact on the neighborhood. Since the genesis, youth artists have painted murals and created art pieces for the Burton Street Peace Gardens and Market and are working on a permanent metal art kiosk for the Burton Street Community Center.

Creatives Under Instruction has collaborated with several local partners, including UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio and STM Multimedia — but it was a partnership with UNC Asheville’s New Media program, and a chance to use its gallery, that initiated a formal exhibition.

“Putting youth-created work in the context of a professional gallery setting underscores the importance of these young people’s creativity, thoughts, and ideas,” says Abby Felder of partner organization Asheville Creative Arts. “The art pieces they are making serve as interactive displays of the past, present, and future of Burton Street through their eyes.”

Four men stand and kneel in front of a public metal artwork in a park

Art on display will include everything from metalwork to paintings.


Photo via Asheville Creative Arts

Art in action

Experience the story yourself starting this Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. at the exhibit opening. Alongside music and refreshments, art from youth participants throughout HHIUI’s history (as well as a few other artists’ contributions) will be on display in the third floor gallery in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall.

The exhibition will also be open to the public Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. A closing celebration will be held on Friday, June 28.

The exhibit is free, but selected works will be for sale.
Wednesday, June 19
  • Summer of Science | Wednesday, June 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | Have some family-friendly fun with hands-on science activities, bubbles, and noise machines presented by the Asheville Museum of Science.
  • Open Mic Night | Wednesday, June 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville | Free | Bring your furry friends for a weekly showcase of local talent (and some delicious treats).
Thursday, June 20
  • Summer Patio Party | Thursday, June 20 | 3-6 p.m. | The S&W Market, 56 Patton Ave., Asheville | Free | Celebrate the season with live music, spritz cocktails, summer lager, and lots of vendor specials.
  • Man Ray’s “Return to Reason” | Thursday, June 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College St., Asheville | Free | Dive into early European avant-garde cinema with the newly restored experimental masterpiece, preceded by a performance from multi-instrumentalist Chad Beattie.
  • Park Rhythms Summer Concert Series | Thursday, June 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Veterans Park, 10 Veterans Park Dr., Black Mountain | Free | Settle into the sounds of summer with music from Wagging and Jessie & The Jinx, plus a food truck and community.
Friday, June 21
  • Bilingual Story Time | Friday, June 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | East Asheville Library, 3 Avon Rd., Asheville | Free | Embark on a magical journey as Carolina Quiroga shares the richness of Latin America and Hispanic folklore.
  • Haunted History Tour | Friday, June 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Swannanoa Valley Museum + History Center, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain | $25-$30 | Prepare to get scared silly as you learn the haunted, harrowing, humorous history of the Swannanoa Valley + its spirits.
  • Standup Competition Final Battle | Friday, June 21 | 7-9 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St., Asheville | $18-$20 | Help crown comedy royalty as four local comedians face off for the top prize with standup and improv challenges created by the hosts of Asheville FM’s “Slumber Party.”
Saturday, June 22
  • Carolina CiderFest | Saturday, June 22 | 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Urban Orchard Cider Co., 24 Buxton Ave., Asheville | $45-$85 | Get your fill of hard cider, mead, apple wine, and seltzer tastings — not to mention artisanal food, live music, and much more.
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News Notes
Today Is
  • Juneteenth — a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Honor this holiday + celebrate Black culture with the help of our Juneteenth events guide.
  • Last week, Buncombe County Public Health rolled out its new mobile health unit, which will expand access to services like vaccines, HIV rapid testing, and health education. But that’s not all — the county now needs your help to name the van (we’re predicting “Healthy McHealthface”).
  • Story Parlor announced that Carolina Quiroga (who you might recognize if you read the events calendar closely) will be the next artist-in-residence for the Story/Arts Residency Program. Quiroga will present a three-part series called “Beyond the Myth: Re-imagining the Stories that Shape Us” on the last three Thursdays in July.
  • Don’t miss the boat (well, car). In the midst of renovations, the Asheville Regional Airport is relocating its ground transportation pickup area from the second floor of the parking garage to the north end of Shuttle Lot South. If you don’t want to take the sidewalk, airport shuttles will transport passengers to the new area.
  • As a new partner of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Food Connection will host its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27, celebrating its mission of reducing food waste and alleviating hunger. You can also show your support by visiting Sweet Plantain Grill on Friday, June 28, where a portion of sales will go to the nonprofit.
  • This is the state of the arts — the Center for Craft has announced its 2024 Teaching Artist Cohort. This group of 20 artists from all over the country received unrestricted $10,000 grants and will spend the next six months developing skills and engaging in peer-to-peer learning. Meet the cohort.
  • The NC Board of Elections is seeking public comment about proposed temporary amendments to rules governing election protests and recounts. The amendments, which would be in place for the 2024 general election, add deadlines to these proceedings. Check out the details + submit feedback online by Thursday, July 11.
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🤿 Test the waters
A circle of swimming caregivers and children in a pool during swimming lessons in Asheville
Swimming alongside caregivers makes lessons easier for the little ones.|Photo by @swimgently
As summer gets underway, folks all over the city are turning to local pools or favorite swimming holes to beat the heat. But if swimming is uncharted waters for you or your little ones, this is the perfect time to take the plunge and learn. We’ve gathered a few spots for swimming lessons in Asheville, so dive on in — the water’s fine.

Swim Gently
Swim coach and instructor KJ Hawk offers a variety of public and private classes, including an inclusive eight-week series called Bodies, Boundaries & Bathing Suits which starts Sunday, July 7.

British Swim School of Asheville
Regardless of age or experience, swimmers will learn to be safe in the water and master swim strokes with fun + gentle methods.

YMCA of Western North Carolina
Explore a full schedule of lessons for kids ages 6 months to 12 years as well as adults, available in private, group, and parent/child formats.
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The Wrap
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From the editor
This is the time of year that I’m really eager to be outdoors — but simultaneously feel like I might melt when exposed to the sun. Luckily, Highland Brewing has introduced a little more shade into our summer. You can now reserve a Silo Cabana in the Meadow to give you + your friends a little relief from the direct heat while you enjoy your beers al fresco. Bonus: The silos were grain storage until last year when they were retired and repurposed, so you can feel good about your gathering supporting waste minimization.
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