December 2017 Around Town

A Breakfast Gathering to 
Celebrate Life

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December every year, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Though there have been advances in the treatment of AIDS and laws put in place to protect those living with HIV, every year around 50,000 people in the US are diagnosed with HIV and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away—there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. This year, local organization WNCAP will produce a World AIDS day event that highlights the agency’s growth and is accessible to our highly diverse, intersectional and supportive community as well as clients, donors and other collaborators. A free community breakfast at Double Tree Hilton in Biltmore Village from 8 to 10 AM will allow WNCAP a public opportunity to commemorate World AIDS Day as a day of hope and unity in the ongoing fight against HIV-related stigma and new infections. For more information and tickets, call Randy Rodríguez at 828-252-7489 Ext 313 or visit WNCAP.org. 

Asheville Art Museum Receives 
2017 Southeastern Museums 
Conference Awards

The Asheville Art Museum was the recipient of two 2017 Southeastern Museums Conference Awards in the categories of Technology and Exhibitions. The competition recognizes creativity, innovation and leadership in Southeastern museums. The Technology award recognizes both the Asheville Art Museum and UNC Asheville for their collaborative effort to tell the stories of artists and behind-the-scenes work at the museum. Students in the Multimedia Storytelling for Journalism course learned how to research story ideas, interview sources, design compelling stories and produce story narratives in multiple media formats: written story, a photo story and a short-form video. The Exhibition award recognizes the Asheville ArtMuseum’s 2016 exhibition Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes, which gave visitors an unprecedented look at the mysteries of museum work by providing one-on-one interactions with museum professionals at work in the gallery, presenting displays about collections care and stewardship, and re-creating a section of art storage in the galleries. These awards recognize the Asheville Art Museum’s contribution to professional standards in Southeastern museums.

Crafted Strangers

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design’s Crafted Strangers exhibit finishes up next month on January 6, making December’s days the last to check out this unique show. Crafted Stranger’s subject is the cultural restrictions and harmful stereotypes that result from the misleading narratives, created by US and Canadian government policies and popular media, that place people of color at society’s margins. Framed within the Native American and immigrant experience, Crafted Strangers explores how craft can be used as a tool for regaining control over how one chooses to define oneself. The seventeen artists featured in Crafted Strangers represent a diverse and unique perspective of racial and ethnic identities within the Americas. While craft has been a common means of expression historically across cultures, Crafted Strangers focuses on contemporary artists reinterpreting tradition through traditions of beading, weaving, tufting, sewing, collage, braiding and drumming. This reimagination of the craft genre spurs a sophisticated dialogue that questions how strangeness or otherness are crafted and broken.