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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Asheville Mural Project – seated dinner at the YMI Cultural Center December 20th, from 7 – 10pm – 39 South Market St (corner of Eagle St)

http://www.ymicc.org/ 828-252-4614
$35, 160 seats available
http://www.ashevillemuralproject.org/

www.arts2people.org/amp

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(Asheville, NC) Assist The Asheville Mural Project (AMP) in fulfilling the dream of creating more community-made public art, creating new spaces, and revitalizing old by attending the AMP’s Silent Art Auction and Banquet on December 20th at the YMI Cultural Center, on the corner of Eagle and Market Streets downtown. This will be a seated banquet dinner from 7pm until 10pm. There will be music, a silent art auction, live painting and auction, cultural arts speakers and a slide show on the creative culture in Asheville, focusing on the mural project. Be sure to get your tickets early as there is limited seating; tickets are $35.

Supporting the arts by attending this banquet also means getting a taste of some of the finest food that Asheville Culinary Artists have to offer. This buffet-style dinner consists of food contributed from over 15 of the areas finest independent restaurants, including Table, Mela, Bouchon, Heiwa, Zambra, the Marketplace, Salsas, The Lobster Trap, Jerusalem Garden, Early Girl, Thai Basil, the New French Bar, MoDaddy’s, Laurey’s Gourmet Catering, Barleys, Doc Cheys, amongst others.

Entertainment for the evening includes classical guitar, members of the Asheville High School Choir, as well as other local music acts. Mingle about as you bid on the art donated to the silent auction by local artists. Four AMP Artists will also be painting live on stage throughout the evening and will auction of the finished pieces. There will also be guest speakers and a slideshow presentation about the history of murals, as well as cultural and community development of murals. Guest speakers will give a narrative about the importance of grassroots arts in Asheville and how art can be used a positive force in every-day experience. Speakers include AMP Director Molly Must, AMP Artist Dan Beck, Arts2People’s Executive Director Kitty Love and others to be determined.

This banquet is a fundraiser for the completion of the Lexington Gateway Mural, located on the support pillars of the I240 overpass marking the Northern Corridor into downtown Asheville. Moneys raised will go to support AMP artists and buying the remaining necessary materials, including the high cost of scaffolding, to complete this cultural heritage mural. After having raised $10-15k for the implementation of this project, an additional $10,000-15,000 is needed to complete this mural, including the painting of the Merrimon Ave side of the support pillars.

Any extra funds raised will go towards several of AMP’s newest potential mural sites, including the Asheville Public Library, the Asheville Transit Center (bus station downtown), and the Montford Corner Store; and to pay staff to sustain the program, write grants, and other administrative details. Help AMP fulfill the dream of creating more community-made public art, creating new spaces and revitalizing old. Private Donations are always welcome.

If all goes well, AMP will begin painting again on the Lexington Gateway Mural as soon as it gets warm enough in the spring, and will simultaneously begin coordinating the Montford Corner Store Mural (under the direction of Dan Beck).

The Asheville Mural Project, a branch of Arts 2 People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to beautify and diversify Asheville’s urban landscape, providing artists and local community members with the opportunity to design and implement their own public art. AMP believes that murals enhance quality of life and create artful metropolitan experience through the transformation of conventional architecture. AMP’s murals are both the testimony and celebration of a lively local arts culture.

Arts 2 People also houses the Lexington Ave. Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), the REACH Programming series, the new Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, Moving Women, the Faces of Asheville and more. LAAFF has played in integral role in the fundraising and awareness raising efforts to support AMP for the past six years; we are all excited to see this vision turn into reality. Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. To find out more, visit http://www.arts2people.org/.

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by Connie Bostic in Vol. 15 / Iss. 17 on 11/19/2008

Mountain Xpress, http://www.mountainx.com/

Work has stalled on the transformation of the concrete below the Interstate 240 overpass and alongside Lexington Avenue in Asheville into a brightly colored scene complete with mosaics and mirrors. The mural project needs a cash infusion: about $10,000 to $15,000 to finish.

Work in progress: The massive murals beneath the I-240 overpass have come a long way, but the volunteer artists who are completing it say that they’ll need more funds to finish. Photo by Jason Sandford.

“We are out of money,” says Molly Must, the project’s organizer.
Painting has taken longer than anticipated—so the scaffold rental has been more expensive than was originally budgeted. Must would be happy to find a builder who could loan scaffolding, and the project needs more money to complete the unfinished pillars.

“We have enough paint and sealer to finish, we just need scaffolding and a stipend for the artists: Paying artists for their work, although it is a small amount on a per hour basis, is important to us,” Must says.

The Asheville Mural Project, working under the nonprofit group Arts2People, has received about $10,000 from the city of Asheville, Greenlife Grocery, The EcoBuilders and the Downtown Asheville Residents Network, among others. Sherwin-Williams has provided paint and primer and Paul Dixon has put in work on the project.

Must, a landscaper by day, and five other artists have worked on the mural before and after their regular jobs. They’re currently doing some painting on the places they can reach without scaffolding, but can’t move forward until they raise more funds.

A fundraiser for the project will be held at the YMI Cultural Center on Saturday, Dec. 20. The 7 p.m. event will feature a buffet-style dinner with 15 to 20 local independent restaurants donating food, including Bouchon, Mela, The Marketplace and Early Girl. There will be music, an art auction, live painting, speakers and a slideshow showing the progress of the mural. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets are $35. They’re available at Malaprop’s, by calling Must at 582-6951 or the YMI at 252-4614, or by visiting the Arts2People Web site at http://www.arts2people.org.

“It’s been an incredible learning experience, and we’re learning how to be more efficient,” Must says.

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by Jason Sandford in Vol. 14 / Iss. 47 on 06/18/2008

Mountain Xpress http://www.mountainx.com/

At long last, a mighty mural project at the end of North Lexington Avenue has begun to take shape.

Taking shape: Local artists are painting a mural beneath the I-240 bridge over North Lexington Avenue. Photo By Jonathan Welch

The outlines of the mural have already been drawn on the concrete supports of the Interstate 240 bridge spanning Lexington Avenue, and artists have begun adding color to the form. For 21-year-old Molly Must, the painting marks the realization of an idea she first had some three years ago. “It’s nice to get it off the ground,” Must said last week as she prepared to scale a scaffold and put acrylic paint to pillar.

In 2005, Must dreamed of taking a dark overpass and turning it into a more vibrant place for passersby to enjoy. “I think public art should bring people together, or create an experience in some way by bringing people together,” the UNCA student said.

Must pursued her vision. She helped create the Asheville Mural Project under the umbrella of the nonprofit Arts 2 People, and started planning. She worked with other local artists and residents to come up with a design, and she started landing grant money. Key donors include the city of Asheville, which gave $6,000 in taxpayers’ money; Greenlife Grocery, which contributed $1,000; and The EcoBuilders, which offered $500. Sherwin-Williams provided paint and primer.

Despite the outpouring of energy and interest, the visionary still had to tangle with bureaucratic red tape. “I had no idea how much bureaucratic muck we would have to trudge through,” Must said.

But trudge she did, and the mural has started coming to life. Working with fellow artists Josh Spiceland and Dan Beck, Must hopes to have the center section of the mural complete in about three weeks. The design depicts a timeline of sustainability, she said, highlighting the mural forms—a Cherokee woman and child, a colonial woman spinning thread, a bicycler, an architect and a man watering a garden.

The section of bridge supports on the west side of the overpass will pay tribute to Asheville’s arts culture, Must explained. Artists Kurt Theasler and Steve Lister have been creating that design, and work will begin once the center section is complete. Must hopes to have the east-end side of bridge supports painted as well, but those plans aren’t firmed up.

The center and west sections of the overpass will also have portraits of Asheville “saints” painted inside the columns, Must said, and people can nominate anyone for the portraits by going to http://www.ashevillemuralproject.org and clicking on the “nominate your Asheville Saint” button.

Sizing up the mural, Must exuded the enthusiasm that’s seen her through the planning process.

“What I love about this project is that it’s so collaborative, and it’s reflecting experiences that we have had in Asheville,” she said. “A lot of public art doesn’t say anything, but this is full of ideas and sentiment.”

The Asheville Mural Project invites volunteers to work on mosaics that will be part of the mural. The mosaic work will be held Saturday, June 21, during the Asheville Building Convergence.

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Throughout the end of May and the month of June (phase one)

Location: Lexington Avenue, under I-240 Overpass

www.ashevillemuralproject.org www.arts2people.org/amp

(Asheville, NC) The first stroke of paint on the I-240 underpass on Lexington & Broadway Avenues has begun on the six concrete piers supporting the bridge marking the Northern Corridor into downtown. Director of Arts 2 People’s Asheville Mural Project (AMP), Molly Must, expects phase one of the painting of the much anticipated Lexington Gateway Project Mural to be complete by the end of June.

“This bridge has always been a sort of dirty monument emerging from a conventional urban pattern.  It ushers hundreds of people to and from the downtown area every day, including a steady stream of local pedestrians.  The space presents wonderful opportunity to memorialize and further manifest the unique and beautiful collective intention that keeps so many of us in this town.  If we’re going to complain about gentrification, we should surely try harder to embrace the culture we still have, surround ourselves with it, and push it to the surface”, states Must.

AMP has full support from the Asheville City Council, the Public Art Board, the Office of Economic Development, the Asheville Downtown Association, the Downtown Commission of the City of Asheville, Public Works, the Department of Transportation, and many others throughout the community.  There are still sponsorship opportunities available to support this imaginative and creative project. Anyone interested should contact AMP director Molly Must at molly@arts2people.org.

The AMP team, consisting of 5 local artists and several auxiliary painters, has planned a variety of themes for this expansive mural. The majority of the mural will portray original images of local characters and scenes that represent the unique Asheville community.  Themes include Sustainability, Arts and Culture, Community, and Asheville Saints.

The Asheville Saints portion of the mural will consist of over forty standing portraits of actual Asheville people, painted on the insides of the 3 x 12 foot concrete columns.  AMP seeks community input for the Asheville saints and is calling for nominations.  Nominees may be contemporary of historical, and should be community-minded and active in some way. A team of five community members will be established to select saints from the nominations. The committee members will be elected based on their knowledge of local issues, history, and their respective community interaction and involvement. To nominate a saint, visit www.ashevillemuralproject.org.

The Asheville Mural Project, a branch of Arts 2 People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to beautify and diversify Asheville’s urban landscape, providing artists and local community members with the opportunity to design and implement their own public art. AMP believes that murals enhance quality of life and create artful metropolitan experience through the transformation of conventional architecture. AMP’s murals are both the testimony and celebration of a lively local arts culture.

Arts 2 People also houses the Lexington Ave. Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), the REACH Programming series, the new Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, Moving Women, the Faces of Asheville and more.  LAAFF has played in integral role in the fundraising and awareness raising efforts to support AMP for the past six years; we are all excited to see this vision turn into reality.  Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. To find out more, visit www.arts2people.org.

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CIRQUE DE MURALE COMING TO DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

The Asheville Affiliates will host Arts2People Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Orange Peel.

The festivities will include delectable treats from Peter Thomas Event Catering, beer from Catawba Valley Brewing Company and wine from Skyland Distributing.  Entertainment will range from jugglers, dancers, hula hoops, live murals, Josh Blake and the Big Money Band (featuring members of Strut, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Booty Band and GFE), the Pond Brothers (of CX1) (Performed as Snake Oil Medicine Show) and friends, Sidney Barnes and Baraka Mundi Live Music and Dance Ensemble.  All of these components will come together to form “Cirque de Murale.”

Monies raised will support the projects of Arts2People; a non-profit organization dedicated to arts outreach in Asheville and Western North Carolina with a threefold mission: 1.) Area wide cultural development 2.) To strengthen the professional careers of emerging artists and illustrate what can be done through grassroots endeavors 3.) To bring the transformative powers of creative expression to those in need.

A2P puts on the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), provides REACH programming for underserved populations (Responsive Education Accessing Creativity for Healing), and coordinates the Asheville Mural Project (AMP).

A portion of dollars raised at this event will go towards funding AMP’s newest venture, the Lexington Gateway Mural, which is to be painted on the support columns upholding the I-240 overpass at Lexington and Broadway, the North corridor entrance into the central business district.  It is a huge undertaking and A2P is so thankful to the city for their support in the Mural which will celebrate the people, culture and heritage of Western North Carolina.  For photos of sketches of the mural and more information please visit www.ashevillemuralproject.org.

Tickets are $20 with RSVP or in advance at The Orange Peel or $25 at the door.  One may RSVP by e-mailing arts2people@excite.com or calling (828)582-0431.  Raffle tickets will also be available at the event.  If A2P raises $10,000 by the end of May a local woman is offering a matching grant.  Reserve your tickets today!

Event sponsors include: ImageSmith.com, Asheville.com, Peter Thomas Event Catering, Asheville Downtown Association, Classic Hits 96.5 WOXL, DARN (Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors), 828: design, Catawba Valley Brewing Company, Jen Lepkowski Photography, RBC Bank, Skyland Distributing, The Orange Peel, topfloor.studio, Greenlife Grocery and the Asheville Mural Project.

The Asheville Affiliates are 3,000+ young professionals invited to attend four annual fundraising events hosted by and supporting Asheville area non-profit organizations.  Events are absolutely open to the general public. For more information about these exciting community events or for sponsorship and volunteer information, contact Jody Whitehurst at ashevilleaffiliates@yahoo.com, or visit the Asheville Affiliates Web site at www.affiliatesofasheville.com.

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By Melissa Smith

The Laurel of Asheville, http://www.thelaurelofasheville.com/

September 2006

The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, otherwise called LAAFF, is the quintessential celebration of the creative, funky, alternative and eclectic culture that characterizes our beloved Asheville.  Now in its fifth year, LAAFF has been called, according to some locals, “the best street party in town,” and celebrates the local arts—visual, performing, musical, culinary and healing.  On September 10 from 11am until 10pm, this year’s festival is expected to draw a crowd of 12,000.  Three stages will showcase some of Asheville’s hottest musical acts.  This year’s line up includes Tyler Ramsey, Menage, Cabo Verde, Hollywood Red, Avec La Force Percussion and Dance Initiative, Sidney Barnes and his Goodtime Band, AgroloLola, Katie Kasben Jazz Trio, Speedsquare and the red hot Rebelles to name just a few.  The festival boasts art and craft vendors, healing arts, a kids’ area, plenty of local beer and grub, and some amazing street performers—don’t miss the Unifire firespinners, the Butoh parade or Hu Nab Kru Breakdancers.  The art car show and painting party, underground art show, silent art auction, poetry slam and the increasingly popular bicycle jousting tournament are all fun interactive opportunities.  Costumes are encouraged for the mid-day parade.  Self-expression is expected while dancing and laaffing are a must.

LAAFF raises funds for the local non-profit, Arts2People and its program the Asheville Mural Project.  Arts2People serves to promote the arts in our community through outreach programs.  They bring art to people in need of healing, provide support to rising artists and cultivate Asheville’s artistic culture through community development programs.  The Asheville Mural Project brings together artists to develop ideas and paint murals throughout Asheville, thus beautifying our town.  The historic West Asheville Bank houses the most recent mural.

LAAFF will encompass N. Lexington Ave. between College Street and the I240 overpass in downtown Asheville.  Volunteers are needed for this year’s event.  To volunteer or for more information contact Arts2People at lexfest@excite.com or call (828) 582-0431.

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