Creativity & Literacy

Aurora Studio & Gallery

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WHAT THEY DO: Aurora Studio & Gallery offers a supportive art space for artists and creatives who have been affected by trauma, mental health issues, addiction or being unhoused. The program was founded in order to offer a safe, holistic space for participants to create art while building community. The studio offers a space where participants may utilize the arts to enhance self-expression and self-confidence, and network with local artists as a steppingstone for those who are not ready or able to afford other area arts programs.

$ 1745 raised so far.

Literacy Together (Literacy Council of Buncombe County)

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WHAT THEY DO: Literacy Together’s mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy. We serve students in four programs: Adult Literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Literacy and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

$ 2905 raised so far.

Open Hearts Art Center

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WHAT THEY DO: Open Hearts Art Center is a supportive studio and gallery dedicated to representing and empowering adults with varied abilities to connect to and reach their full potential through the arts. We are a community-based day program that offers experiences in visual and performing arts, while focusing on supporting the individual needs of the artists who attend. The goal each day is to emphasize each person’s many and vast abilities.

$ 1315 raised so far.

The POP Project

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WHAT THEY DO: The POP Project delivers free used books to schools, community centers, hospitals and other locations around the community. Our goal is to make sure all books we are entrusted with are used for constructive, personal expansion. Because everyone deserves a good book.

$ 1070 raised so far.