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

MLK Association and adé PROJECT Cohost Exhibit

As part 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 will exhibit a juried show to run for six weeks beginning April 29. The exhibit, beginning with an opening reception at the YMI on April 29, 2019, will be on display at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Asheville campus at 36 Montford Avenue through June 11, 2019. Its theme will be “Triumph & Struggle in the Quest for Home, Family, Community & Culture,” and the exhibit will represent the work of up to seven area artists.

Call for artists’ submissions

Exhibited art will reflect the involuntary migration of the peoples of Africa, which has historically resulted in triumphs, such as the beauty of African culture & heritage, as well as struggles with anti-blackness, oppression, violence, and hate in the midst of white privilege and white supremacy. The forced migration of Africans has resulted in a disruption to the definition and relationship to home, family, community, and culture by people of color around the world, and this is especially true of the United States.

Up to 7 artists will be selected in the curation of this exhibit, who will receive a $50 honorarium for their participation, but will be responsible for any framing and hanging of artwork.

Artists are requested to submit works that focus on one or more of the following guidelines:

  • Depict the struggles and/or triumphs of migration for African and/or African descendants who came to the United States or Latin countries;
  • Reflect the history of oppression experienced by people of color;
  • Represent the milestones that people of color have accomplished, through the depiction of historical events, art forms, knowledge, etc.;
  • Be imbued with the philosophical, sociological, and/or political ideas attributed to Dr. King; and/or
  • Artistically acknowledge racism, bigotry, or xenophobia without actively participating in the perpetuation of these harmful tactics.

Timeline & Important Dates

  • April 12: Submission Deadline
  • April 19: Finalists Announced
  • April 29: Artists’ Reception, 5:30-8 p.m., YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. in Asheville
  • April 30 – June 11, 2019: Exhibition, 36 Montford Avenue in Asheville.

Suggested Media

Reflective works that can be exhibited in a gallery:

  • Visual (painting, drawing, mixed media)
  • Photography
  • Performance (music, songwriting)
  • Videography & Film
  • Theater (puppetry, or recorded skit)
  • Creative Writing; Prose (poetry, narrative)

YWCA Stand Against Racism

The YWCA’s Stand Against Racism brings together numerous organizations, schools, faith communities, and private groups to oppose injustice and racism. For this year’s theme, according to the Y, “immigrant justice is racial justice, and xenophobia, bigotry, and racism are continuing to impact the lives and safety of our communities.” They note the ongoing attacks on immigrants in communities across the country, as well as xenophobic rhetoric amplified across huge media platforms including the political arena.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County works to preserve and advance the legacy of Dr. King. For more info, visit Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT) is a multi-generational, intersectional grassroots cooperative bringing together la indígena and artists of color that actualize equity, spark creative inquiry, and reclaim the narrative of the South through artist-infused storytelling, facilitation, training, service, and entrepreneurship in order to accelerate opportunity in our communities, and thrive.

For more information, please visit, contact Cortina Jenelle Caldwell at, or (828) 782-3382; or contact Dr. Michael Dempsey at, (828) 407-4269.


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