Art in the Heart is a way to unite, heal and strengthen community. The goal is to use art to spark conversation and ideas on how to make Pack Square Plaza – a central gathering place and hub of activity for the region – a place that reflects the diverse community of ‘Asheville. The program will help inspire and inform the larger initiative underway – creating a community vision for the future of this area through the Pack Square Plaza Visioning and Improvements project.
Through these art installations, participating artists and creatives help cultivate and facilitate critical conversations about the past, present, and future of Pack Square Plaza. A range of temporary artworks are included in the program, including traditional, non-traditional experiences and performances.
Our careful maintenance
Saturday October 15, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
*The show will start on the stage near the town hall and will go around the park, to the square and back. Lanterns will light the way at sunset.
Tiffany Narron, Jen Murphy and Lydia Nichole
Project Type: Roaming Performances in Pack Square Plaza
About the project: Writer and poet Tiffany Narron teams up with Jen Murphy, sculptor, puppet maker and founder of the Street Creature Puppet Collective; and Lydia Nichole, a multimedia artist, to bring you Our Careful Tending. Our Careful Tending is a performance piece that leaves room for grief and connects the dark and painful past to the present and all that is called to create a shared space that honors equity and promotes collective well-being. There will be three people in black robes holding large paper masks with ancient peaceful faces reading poetic words of healing. Five additional people will walk alongside carrying lanterns to light the way forward.
This new artist is available for media interviews. Please contact the City of Asheville Communications Department to arrange.
room in the sky
On view until Sunday, October 30, 2022
Type of project: Sculpture
About the project: Room in the Sky consists of twelve nylon flags of different colors suspended around a steel structure. The aesthetics and kinetic qualities of the finished sculpture encourage viewers to walk around to experience the piece as a whole. The sculpture is in the shape of a plus sign or a cross, a shape intended as both a symbol of inclusivity and healing. On each of the twelve sides of the structure, banners of solid colors hang and fly freely in the wind. Solid colors were chosen to appeal to both Pride and Indigenous Peoples. The twelve colors chosen include the 6 quintessential rainbow colors of the original Pride Flag developed in the 1970s, the black and brown of the more recent Progress Flag, the light blue and pink of the Transgender Flag and the gray of the Asexual Flag. The official seal colors of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are red, yellow, green, and light blue. The artist acknowledges that there are dozens of colors used to represent diversity in the world, this sculpture can only accommodate twelve, however, the meaning behind this work embraces a harmonious and heterogeneous society.