DIYabled + other Community Goodness

As my current projects crescendo, I just have a moment to share a few items of interest:


DIYabled Benefit
This Wednesday, October 10, at 8 pm my band Krekel & Whoa will be performing for the DIYabled Benefit at Fleetwood’s, 496 Haywood Road. The organizer, Priya Ray, shares, “DIYabled is a nonprofit to educate people about disabilities and the civil rights of people that live with them. I started this group because before I had become part of the disabled community I was part of a different community. The DIY community. A community that worked together to create spaces for music and art without corporate money and support. As I began to reconnect to a community that I was a part of and helped create I began to realize how little people actually know about disability and why as a community we must support them to have a presence in it.

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Priya Ray of DIYabled

On October 10 at Fleetwood’s DIYabled will have a community event to raise money, talk about how we can be inclusive to people living with disabilities, register folks to vote, and enjoy each other’s company. There will be food by Mad Scientists Bistro, music by Krekel and Whoa, Larkin Farrar, and Asheville FM’s Beyond the Realm of Comprehension will DJ.” Click here for more information.

Related, this week’s post on the FakeEquity blog is entitled, “People, Not Things – #MeToo in Disabilities.” I encourage you to read it.

The DIYabled event overlaps with the United Community Development Mixer, which you can find out more about here. It would be possible to attend both events!

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Liberation Station Opening
From the Press Release: BeLoved Asheville, a local nonprofit, will be opening its newest center in a move to expand their programs, services, and hours to the community. Adding to the array of projects BeLoved Asheville currently runs, they plan to engage more people as street medics, artists, skillbuilders, and community advocates. The center will offer a space to teach children, exchange skills, and host large community projects that are able to respond to greater needs. An open house and space blessing will be held on October 11, 2018 at 6 pm at the new space on the third floor of 10 North Market Street.”

Professional Development Series
That same evening/time I will be facilitating a training on communication as a part of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition’s FREE professional development series. All are welcome to attend, though they do request advance registration. Check out the full schedule of the series, as the line up of trainers is phenomenal.

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YTL Training Program Annual Breakfast last year

YTL Annual Breakfast Fundraiser
“Join YTL Training Programs for our Annual Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27 at 9 am Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Carroll Avenue. This free event is an opportunity for you to hear our year-in-review, and to learn about opportunities to get involved with and/or financially support our programs.” Click here to RSVP.

Andrea Clarke Local Hero
Andrea Clarke and Rik Schell, photo by me

Andrea Clarke: Local Hero
Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Purl’s Yarn Emporium to celebrate the addition of Andrea Clarke to their series of “Local Heroes.” Each hero has their own locally created colorway, sales of which go to support an organization of their choice, which, in Andrea’s case, is United Community Development. At the celebration, Andrea shared her powerful historic photos, as well as her humor and wisdom. It was a delight. I’ve had the pleasure of helping Andrea with some research projects this year, and I look forward to more collaborations.

OK, that’s it for today, back to my pressing projects!

Peace and love.


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4 thoughts on “DIYabled + other Community Goodness

  1. Thanks for sharing all this amazing up-coming work. I’m out of town and sorry to miss it.


  2. Hey Ami!! I’m so bummed that I’m going to miss your Communications training as I will be at 2 other events that evening.
    I was wondering if you were considering hosting another training for those of us who cannot make it this Thursday, but would love to learn from you and the other trainers! Cheers!


    1. Thanks for this comment, I will certainly consider offering my training again. Check that link, the other trainers are presenting on different weeks, so you may be able to catch some of them. Peace.


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