Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Mural project spruces up Edington Center in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood


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-The Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center located in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood recently got a mural makeover thanks to a collaborative effort led by Ian Wilkinson with the Asheville Mural Project, according to a press release. More:


Three youth groups spent a week painting the three panels installed on the exterior of the building. The Asheville Housing Authority received funding from Buncombe County’s Diversity Fund and private donations to complete the mural.

Wilkinson assigned local artist CJ Randall and intern Julia Schniedewind to the complete the task of gathering community input and developing a mural design. Randall said, “At its heart, the mural is about being inspired to take a path in Life and make something of one’s self, the value of an education in pursuing that goal, the bonds of family and community, the joy of music, and the heroes that shape us.”

Participants included Residents’ Council’s “My Community Matters Empowerment Program” participants, Hood Huggers International’s program participants led by DeWayne Barton, and Asheville GreenWorks’ youth education leadership program participants. Additionally, Barton was integral to acquiring the sources of funding for the project.

Gene Bell, CEO of Asheville Housing Authority, said, “A core principal in our vision for the building is engagement of the surrounding community.” As such, the renovation of the building itself provided ongoing opportunities to train and employ locals, especially public housing residents. The creation and installation of the mural are indicative of our commitment to this building remaining a beacon of hope, opportunity and change.

The Asheville Housing Authority purchased the building from the City of Asheville in 2012. The once African American Livingston Street School was a Parks and Recreation center after integration of the school systems. After a three year renovation by the Asheville Housing Authority, the building was dedicated as the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center on November 1, 2014. Arthur R. Edington was the last principal to serve when the building was operated as an elementary school. For more information visit or

-Parsec Financial, a fee-only wealth management firm based in Asheville, has announced the acquisition of Millard & Company, also a fee-only wealth management firm based in Tryon, according to a press release. More:

In addition to enhancing the depth of client offerings, this purchase will allow Andy Millard, Millard & Company’s founder, to step aside and focus on his campaign for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Both firms were founded in Western North Carolina, and as fiduciaries, they are required to put their clients’ best interest ahead of their own. They also share similar investment philosophies, utilizing a long-term investment approach, including broad portfolio diversification and no market timing. Andy Millard noted, “A financial advisor’s first loyalty must always be to his clients. That’s why I’m so happy to be partnering with Parsec Financial. They are similar to Millard & Company in many ways, and I know our clients will be in good hands.”

-A crew from NPR’s World Cafe kept a spotlight on Asheville musicians Tuesday, as host David Dye continued to make the rounds. The Steep Canyon Rangers recorded a session at Echo Mountain Studios Tuesday as part of the World Cafe’s “Sense of Place” show that has checked in on a number of local bands. Dye is hosting a show tonight at The Grey Eagle featuring The Honeycutters and the Jon Stickley Trio.

-Wayne “The Train” Hancock is performing Wednesday at The Mothlight. I like his music.

-The annual NRC Glacier Breaker event will be held this weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center. It’s a great spectator event.

-Weird Al Yankovic will perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Sept. 10. Tickets go on sale to the general public at ticketmaster on Friday at 10 a.m.

-The nonprofit Food Connection is holding a benefit concert on Saturday at the Grey Eagle. It will feature 12 local bands, with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit. More:

Want to help reduce waste while easing hunger in Asheville? Come out for a celebration of community with twelve of Asheville’s best bands including LYRIC, Red Honey, Juan Holladay, Molly Parti, Jr. James & the Late Guitar, Doss Church, The Wilhelm Brothers, Debrissa & The Bear King, The Bread & Butter Band, Posh Hammer and The Paper Crowns. Live music from 6pm until 11pm. This is an all ages, family-friendly event and ALL proceeds from the event will go directly to supporting FOOD CONNECTION! 5pm doors, 6pm show. ALL AGES, FAMILY FRIENDLY! $10 ADV, $12 day of show.

-The Asheville Museum of Science, formerly the Colburn Earth Science Museum, is inviting visitors to grab a beer, tour the museum and listen to a presentation by NOAA scientist Jake Crouch from 5:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Blue Ghost Brewing in Fletcher plans a grand opening party at 2 p.m. on March 4. Letters to Abigail will be the featured band on that date, with Amazing Pizza Company serving food. On March 5, there will be yoga at 11 a.m. with the tasting room open at noon. Carver and Carmody will play on that date.