We provide innovative arts and creative placemaking programs for BIPOC children, youth, and adults which cultivate hope and belonging and offer a pathway to radical healing.
We also implement community-driven land stewardship initiatives that honor indigenous cultural connections between healing, creative art and the natural world.
Word on the Street /Le Voz de les Jóvenes (WOTS/VDLJ)
Word on the Street /Le Voz de les Jóvenes provides a safe, healing and artistic space for BIPOC teens which centers their leadership and creativity.
Through arts-based programming, participants develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations.
Artist Mentor residency program
Our artist mentor residency program provides training, resources, support and placement for artists of color to work with youth and families in both school and community settings.
Residencies involving any number of art forms can be developed by the artist or co-designed with partners from the host site. These have ranged from school classrooms to after school and summer programs for children and youth.
Our land stewardship initiatives reflect our passion for environmental education, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture. We believe that healing collectively while finding time for joy, intentional care, and reverence for ourselves is accomplished through reclaiming and redefining the ways we tend not only to each other but to the land as well.
We partner with communities to cultivate outdoor cultural hubs for BIPOC artists and knowledge keepers to lead healing circles, workshops and other activities for those who seek a deeper connection with the earth and each other.
Southside Community Farm (SCF)
For nine years, SCF has been a BIPOC-centered space for neighborhood residents to enjoy healthy food and to connect with the land and each other. These connections are critical in a neighborhood that houses about 50% of Asheville’s public housing and which lacks basic access to fresh food.
SCF acts as a cultural hub and cooperative space of artists, creatives, healers, and organizers of color by hosting dinners, classes, BIPOC garden days, BIPOC farmers markets and other community events.
Southside Community Farm (SCF) is an urban food space in the historically Black Southside neighborhood of Asheville, North Carolina, which exists on unceded, stolen Cherokee land.
Feed Asheville Farm (FAF)
Feed Asheville Farm (FAF) is a queer-run, anti-racist urban farm in Asheville, North Carolina, which exists on unceded, stolen Cherokee land
Since 2022, FAF has intensively grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers for free distribution to BIPOC individuals and families, regardless of income, with the support of community partnerships and volunteers.
FAF works with and supports Black farms and farmers in the area and beyond.
We provide enriching arts experiences for hundreds of marginalized children each year. We create economic opportunities for local and regional artists of color. We cultivate a thriving and diverse arts ecosystem with entertaining and educational events. We use art to connect communities with the land and support access to healthy food.
The greatest impact of our work can be observed in the transformational relationships that our programs are designed to cultivate. Our work is shifting narratives “from survival to thrival” for BIPOC artists and communities.