No Hate, No Fear: YWCA Stand Against Racism

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YMI Cultural Center

39 S. Market Street

Asheville, NC 28801

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Join the MLK, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, and adé PROJECT at YMI Cultural Center for an artful evening!

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YWCA Stand Against Racism

This year, YWCA will be focusing on immigration and racism, and the ways in which they intersect. According to the YW, “immigrant justice is racial justice, and xenophobia, bigotry, and racism are continuing to impact the lives and safety of our communities. With ongoing attacks on immigrants taking place in our communities across the country, and with continued xenophobic rhetoric and sentiment amplified across huge media platforms that we engage with every day, we feel like this topic is incredibly timely, appropriate, and relevant for this year’s campaign.”

Triumph & Struggle in the Quest for Home, Family, Community & Culture

In honor of the YWCA Stand Against Racism 2019 theme, “No Hate, No Fear,” the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County and adé PROJECT are combining forces in search of artists to exhibit works that reflect this theme, which is so closely tied to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to eradicate hate and embody love.

The following artists will be exhibiting along the stated theme ::

Brit J. Oie |

(Brit) ARTIST STATEMENT: Creativity has always been part of my life since childhood and I have been a professional artist since 1998. Visual art is how I express my feelings and thoughts. I can not imagine a life without art and creative self expression.

Cleaster Cotton |

(Cleaster) ARTIST STATEMENT: I present multi-layered mixed media narrative and figurative paintings – with symbolism serving as a common thread. I focus on Black people who face land mines in, virtually, every humiliating and derogatory conversation that involves English terminology and language. Interactions, situations and references in our lives serve to erase our true heritage, culture and the truth of American history. My paintings illustrate in your face, undeniable truth and circumstances that are regularly unacknowledged and unmentioned.

Edwin Salas |

(Edwin) ARTIST STATEMENT: It is my form to fight the system.

James Love |

(James) ARTIST STATEMENT: Art is a physical representation of spiritual influence. Art has helped me to express the unseen: spiritual, psychological, and emotional things. The practice of art has been a great supplement in sustaining my spiritual, mental, and emotional clarity.

Jenny Pickens |

(Jenny) ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a self taught artist and local in Asheville NC. I work in various mediums such as fiber arts, handbuilt pottery sculptures, acrylic paintings, murals and repurposed jewelry. My work has been featured in several galleries, featured in several magazines and news articles, and craft shows.

Joseph Pearson |

(Joseph) ARTIST STATEMENT: Since I was 4 or 5 years old art has played a major role in my life. Through art I am able to speak from the depths of my heart about issues that affects us all.I believe in the power of art to effect change for the better. Through art we have the power to change perceptions. Our perceptions governs our behavior. Art validates my existence in that it allows me to be a voice for the voiceless, those considered on the fringes of our society.


The exhibit will run for six weeks at 36 Montford Avenue, and the kick-off reception will be on the evening of Monday, April 29 at YMI.


5:30pm - Doors open

6pm - Welcome + Acknowledgement of YMI

6:05pm - Welcome Address, Dr. Oralene Simmons

6:15pm - Overview of COPE, Dr. Michael Dempsey

6:25pm - Intro of adé PROJECT + Selected Artists, Cortina J. Caldwell

6:30pm - Artist Statements

7pm - Networking & Mingling

We hope that you will consider joining us for the dynamic and powerful artist exhibit, and community event!

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