This year marks the 41st year, supporters of Toe River Arts and its many programs, projects, and community activities gather together to make certain it continues for another 12 months. This year we are changing it up a bit because there is so much change in the air around Toe River Arts. Denise Cook, after over 30 years at the helm, is retiring and handing over the tiller to Nealy Andrews. Around the two-county area, visitors see special permanent artist signage which seems to keep popping up and colorizing the landscape. And now they can access studio information in the six information hubs located at five galleries and the Mineral Museum and Welcome Center.
And there will be art work from regional artists who support Toe River Arts through their donations. These artists understand and appreciate the work done to connect the arts with the community, whether it is in support of their studios and their art by providing venues for display and sale, or in bringing arts experiences to their young children in the schools.
We hope you’ll join us on July 7th for an evening of celebration and change.
FREE Registration required
10 am-5 pm: Bidding
4 pm-6 pm: Free Wine & Cheese Reception in Main Lobby
5 pm-6 pm: Tables close
$40 per person in advance | $50 at the door
Reserved tables for 8 – $280
6 pm: Dinner by one of the best restaurants in town, Yummi America, wine & locally sourced beer from Homeplace Beer Company.
7 pm: Auction with fine arts & crafts from regional artists & local services. Featuring Jeff Goodman, auctioneer.
Dancing to Davie Bowie, food, fun, & fundraising…please help the Toe River Arts continue to make changes every day by connecting arts and the community.
Toe River Arts is partnering with local school systems, artists, and health care professionals to bring our students the tools necessary to face today’s challenges. The healing arts are creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping, and personal change.
The mental wellness of children is integral to the state of our country. With such a surprising number of youth facing mental challenges, we see the arts as a resource and preventative measure in identifying triggers and supporting children who are struggling to develop resiliency strategies. We want to provide them the freedom to ask for help when challenged.
With your help, we can bring back Black Box Dance Theatre to our elementary students. Their change-through-movement student workshop is one component of a larger vision, Healing Arts/ Healthy Communities.* Students of all ages will engage professional artists through spoken word, music, and dance.
The cost to bring BBDT to Yancey County is $10,000 for 48 one-hour workshops in all 5 schools. We’re asking our community for $5,000 to support this project that also will be a test for inclusion at the Mitchell County elementary schools in 2019-20.
Michelle Pearson, Artistic Director of Black Box Dance Theatre is recognized as a leader in the field of healing arts. Pearson is developing a workshop curriculum in line with school counselors and student needs that addresses complex social issues such as stress, isolation, and the need to have strategies of resiliency and support. BBDT’s Dance that MOVES! goes beyond physical engagement. Naming the stress and challenges that children face is a powerful thing … this is real, it is now, and dance is a natural partner in fostering physical, emotional, and social wellness. The sense of connection—or reconnection—to life is the essence of wellness.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. DID YOU KNOW THAT 1 IN 7 CHILDREN AGED 2-8 HAS A MENTAL, BEHAVIORAL, OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER? …THERE ARE 1,776 STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN BOTH YANCEY AND MITCHELL COUNTIES’ 8 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
* Healing Arts/Healthy Communities came about because Yancey County Schools received a grant from the state of North Carolina, Student Support and Academic Enrichment. YCS requested that we partner in art programming. SSAE develops relationship building skills to help improve safety through the recognition and prevention of coercion, violence, or abuse.
I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THE AUCTION, BUT YES!, I WOULD LIKE TO HELP SUPPORT THE TOE RIVER ARTS FUND-A-NEED.
Silent bidding & Buy-It-Now from June 16-July 3 at the Spruce Pine Gallery Preview Exhibition
(Hours 10:30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday).
Please check back for select online items June 10