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At The Threshold: The Campaign for Asheville School

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts

Whether students arrive as accomplished dancers, singers or artists, or whether they pick up a paintbrush or instrument for the first time – Asheville School’s education in the arts develops creative thinking and problem-solving skills that students will utilize in their academic pursuits throughout their lives.

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Meet Lily

Art and Asheville School were in her DNA before she came here. Her father is a painter and alum and her aunt is an actor in New York who was among the first female students to attend classes here.

Read More about Meet Lily

 

Helping students understand their strengths and the effect they can have on others instills empathy, develops communication skills, and propels our students to professional success.

 

Our Potential

As our student body increases in number and talents, we are answering the call to expand the breadth of the Asheville School arts experience. The new Center for the Visual & Performing Arts will more accurately represent the exceptional work and skill level of our arts faculty and students, offering a broader scope of visual arts, drama, dance and music programs.

Theater Rendering

A new, acoustically superior 100-120 seat theatre will be designed as an “Art +” space – one that adds value to all curriculums. Flexible and intimate, the theatre will host student performances, lectures, master classes, and Asheville School alumni events. Asheville community organizations may also rent out the space for their own signature events, presenting new opportunities for campus exposure and auxiliary revenue.

Art Center Rendering

The gallery will serve as a dynamic and constantly evolving backdrop to the lobby and public gathering spaces within the new center, emphasizing the arts in Asheville School’s curriculum. The space will feature visual expressions of students, faculty and regional artists. These creative works - and the stories they tell – are essential to our students’ appreciation of art, community, and culture.

Art Room Rendering

In this state-of-the-art creative space, students will have the freedom to create and store still-life projects, portrait photography, pottery and figure modeling. The studio will feature industrial floor to ceiling windows, allowing for flexible class instruction and a natural, open-air space for students. This design will complement our efforts to bring community artists into the studio to engage Asheville School students in a real-world application of the arts.

Building Rendering

Situated on the north side of Kehaya Lawn, the new Center for the Visual & Performing Arts will frame “the quad” and be designed as an honest expression of its time.

The character of the building will relate to the architectural language of Asheville School’s historic campus and help tie the existing styles together. The Center will be sited close enough to the existing buildings to achieve a density of activity that inspires student interaction and fosters a sense of place.

The building and its surrounding plaza will serve as a campus gathering place for alumni, students, staff, and the Asheville arts community-at-large.

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Designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind, the new facility will offer adequate service access and storage spaces to support all visual and performing arts curriculum and public gathering functions.

Our Progress

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts: $7,000,000 Goal

Graph of Progress: $4,770,000 Opportunities to Give, $2,230,000 Progress to Goal

Naming Opportunities

Named Center $3,000,000
Lobby $500,000
Gallery $500,000
Art Studio $500,000
Choral Room $250,000
Large Practice Studio $250,000
Pottery Studio $100,000
Practice Rooms (6) $50,000 Each
Theater Seats (100) $10,000 Each

 

Your gift will inspire growth, creativity and self-expression. 

Shakespeare Recitation

To explore ways you can make a meaningful and lasting impact on Asheville School, please contact Leigh Ruhl, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, directly at 828.254.6345 x4028 or ruhll@ashevilleschool.org

Wish to make a gift offline?
Please contact Innes Boland, Manager of Advancement Operations & Donor Relations, at bolandi@ashevilleschool.org or (828) 254-6345 ext. 4222

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