May 31, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Asheville Masonic Temple
part of a series on Preserve
About the speaker
A self-described “Arts Warrior”, Rae Geoffrey is passionate about the power of the arts to connect people and build better communities. Rae is the Managing Director of the Diana Wortham Theatre, serving 55,000 Asheville residents and visitors each year through performing arts programming and services. With more than 20 years as an arts professional, she’s worked as a performer, educator, administrator and theatre manager throughout the Southeast and Chicago as well as a notable early career gig as a singing trash bag.
Rae is the Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, a member of the Dance Touring Initiative through South Arts, a regular Grant Panelist for the North Carolina Arts Council and the Artsmarket Showcase Selection Panel, a YWCA “Woman of Influence”, a Leadership Asheville graduate and Executive Director Roundtable Member, and an International Delegate to the Atlantic Presenters Association in Canada. She lives in Fairview with her spouse who jokes he’s given up his real name in favor of “Rae’s husband”, two angsty but wildly creative teenagers, and a pile of dust bunnies birthed from five rescue animals.
Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. Over the years, the Center has become a vital community resource, serving thousands of visitors annually. As a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft, the Center administers more than $300,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. www.centerforcraft.org.
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.
BLUE SPIRAL 1 presents work by exceptional artists and object makers in a light-filled, 15,000 square-foot gallery spans three floors connected by an open stairway in the heart of downtown Asheville. This spacious setting allows Blue Spiral 1 to offer considerable diversity, affording accessibility to various tastes and aesthetics.
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.
Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. We are innovators, believers and dreamers. We’re also doers. We intend to bring pride to the label “Made in America.” America has always celebrated the individual. But at the same time, we know we’re stronger together. Our country is a lot like a patchwork quilt. Each square is important on its own, but each one also enhances the beauty of the entire creation.
Our Mission is to preserve and protect the Masonic and architectural heritage of The Asheville Masonic Temple, encouraging and promoting its continued Masonic use by offering the public an exceptional and unique event venue.
Foothills is a meat company specializing in local and pasture-raised meats for retail and wholesale markets. The core of our business is our food-service arm, which consists of Foothills Food Truck, open daily at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Big Top, and our Catering Division, which offers a wide range of menu options for small business meetings to weddings and events of 150 people or more. Foothills also offers custom butchery, fabrication, sausages and primal cuts for wholesale buyers and home-use. Foothills does not currently have a retail store but our products can be had weekly through our CSA Meat Share program.
Serving espresso drinks, coffee, fresh fruit smoothies, bagels, quiche, yogurt parfaits, and homemade baked goods from 7am-11am, Monday – Friday! Your local, independent restaurant, bakery & tea room in Arden.
Colorful Palate: Not everyone loves to cook. Or entertain. Or plan events. But we do. And we do it all for the love of food!
We think our food is pretty amazing. We make it with local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. And by hand, with love, everyday.
Counter Culture Coffee is dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. We approach our work with a passion for the ideal of coffee perfection, a dedication to real sustainability, and a commitment to cutting-edge education throughout the coffee chain.
Modern apothecary offering organic dried medicinal herbs and essential oils, tinctures, books, local products, herbal medicine making supplies, & more.
Addressing the issue of food waste, Raleigh Environmental Award winner CompostNow is pioneering a member-based food scrap collection and composting service currently helping thousands divert food scraps from landfills (230,000 lbs to-date) and support garden partners with nutrient rich soil (created from the food scarps, and) needed to grow fresh, chemical-free food. Cups at Creative Mornings Raleigh are compostable!
We design all of our products together and screen print everything in house. We spent 2015 and 2016 taking our 1987 turquoise renovated short bus to outdoor craft shows and sharing our products with people from all over the globe. In 2017 we opened up a brick and mortar store in a gorgeous old photography studio in downtown Asheville, NC and hired a team! So happy to have moved the screen printing set up out of our kitchens we are now looking forward and we are so excited to expand the company, keep creating and making great quality products that bring smiles to people far and wide…
We’re Futures Bright – A full-service creative studio in Asheville,NC. We love using strategy, branding, and design to bring great ideas to light.
Your sound is important to you: We can help you realize your vision for your project. Whether that project is a Feature Film, a TV Commercial, a Video Game or a Podcast.
What do you preserve?
Creatives have a supernatural power. Through the making, curation and support of art, you decide what is worthy of preservation. How do you use your power? And how do you practice self-preservation when your cape gets too heavy to fly?