Join OpenDoors of Asheville for an evening of creative food, cocktails, art, and live entertainment, as the nonprofit eliminates barriers and cracks the hidden codes that keep children in persistent poverty.

The 10th annual Art Affair will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Ambrose West in West Asheville, 312 Haywood Road (right next door to OpenDoors’ new offices!). VIP doors open at 6pm, general admission doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost $125 for GA, $175 for VIP.

  • Live and silent auction featuring Andrew Brunk of Brunk Auctions
  • 75+ highly collectible works of fine art, ceramics, wood, and glass
  • Travel experiences, exquisite handcrafted jewelry, and more

“My joy in our 10th year is in experiencing what Andrew Carnegie called ‘real and permanent good,’” says OpenDoors of Asheville executive director Jennifer Langdon Ramming. “This would not have been possible without the energy of the OpenDoors community and abundant resources offered to a rapidly growing number of overlooked and underestimated kids.”

More than 400 supporters attended last year’s sold-out art auction and gala, which raised approximately $195,000 through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and the sale of auction items. All funds raised from ticket sales, donations and the items auctioned go directly toward programming.

OpenDoors provides access to educational assessments, mentoring, Orton Gillingham tutoring, best-fit school placement, college scholarships, sports fees, summer camps, teacher training, and emergency funds for school-aged children. Join OpenDoors in its mission to break the cycle of poverty through education and achieve our vision of a community where all children succeed.

“I love the collaboration of artists, volunteers, and businesses who create this amazing event,” says the Art Affair’s new co-chair, Nicki Ingle. “We want to take all that talent and showcase it to create an evening that inevitably manages to exceed our expectations each year.”

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