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The Festival of Gnarnia Presents a transformative space: CARE EMMINENCE

A magical area atop the majestic Beech Mountain, only a ski lift ride away, will be filled with folks who care deeply about building a more just and sustainable world. We have an amazing array of regional non-profits and not-for-profit organizations, many of whom represent national efforts.

The Moog Foundation

The Bob Moog Foundation ignites the innovator in us all through exposure to interactive educational experiences that draw from Dr. Bob Moog’s legacy of groundbreaking work at the intersection of music, science, and imagination.

We provide hands-on opportunities for children and adults to explore the science of sound through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and the preservation of Bob Moog’s archives and musical inventions, which will converge in a future interactive museum, or Moogseum, online and in Asheville, NC.
 
 
 

Conscious Alliance

Conscious Alliance is a Boulder, Colorado based national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to distributing much-needed food to communities across the United States, and providing long-term solutions to hunger by focusing on empowerment programs for youth in impoverished regions of the country. We operate through ongoing, grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs, primarily by organizing food drives at concerts and music events. The donations we collect benefit local food pantries nationwide and economically isolated Native American reservations.
 

Mountain Justice

Mountain Justice seeks to add to the growing anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically Mountain Justice demands an abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining and all other forms of surface mining for coal. We work to protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Appalachia coal fields. We work to contribute with grassroots organizing, public education, nonviolent civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.
Historically coal companies have engaged in violence and property destruction when faced with citizen opposition to their activities. Mountain Justice is committed to nonviolence and will not be engaged in property destruction.
We work together to create diverse and sustainable economies in Appalachian regions traditionally dominated by the coal industry by supporting businesses, jobs and ways of living that are not environmentally or culturally destructive and are nourishing to the social and biological fabric of healthy communities.
Though our work is focused in Appalachia, we oppose dirty energy and environmental injustice everywhere and we support clean energy and just economic transition for all. Seeking to eradicate, rather than simply shift, the burden of environmental injustice, MJ works to build solidarity and mutually-supportive relationships with communities where extraction and energy generation take place beyond our region. As coal becomes more politically and commercially volatile, industrial and political power-brokers are attempting to position natural gas, often sourced by hydraulic fracturing, nuclear energy, tar sands, biomass incineration, and other forms of resource extraction as clean and just alternatives.

Mountain Justice rejects this fallacy outright and supports those who resist these dirty, dangerous energy sources and also those who are working to implement truly clean energy solutions. We also recognize the native peoples who are the original inhabitants of this land. Accordingly, we seek to support the struggles of indigenous communities who are facing injustice daily at the hands of extractive industries.
 

Dogwood Alliance

We can choose to protect, rather than destroy, our forests.
Dogwood Alliance mobilizes the public and exposes the truth about forest destruction to inspire individuals, communities, corporations, and government to take action. At the same time, we work collaboratively with industry leaders to put innovative business solutions to work that result in more protected Southern forests.
We have convinced some of the world’s largest corporations (Staples, McDonald’s, Georgia-Pacific, etc.) to transform their environmental practices and take action to improve forest conservation in the South, across the nation, and around the world.
The bottom line? We’ve increased protection for millions of acres of Southern forests through transforming the forest products industry.
Our success in creating change in the paper industry has positioned us as a leading resource for potential solutions to emerging threats to Southern forests, such as bioenergy. Large utility companies are gearing up to burn trees as a “renewable” energy alternative to fossil fuels even though science documents that burning wood for electricity will increase carbon emissions, air pollution, and destructive industrial logging.
Using our combination of grassroots pressure, skillful negotiation, and meaningful collaboration, we are prepared to protect forests now and far into the future.
 

Arts 2 People

Arts 2 People is…
a non-profit social service organization devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development.
We provide programming, fiscal sponsorship, and artists grants that support creative endeavors in urban revitalization, public art, creative placemaking, and professional development opportunities for artists.
Our list of current programs and partners include:
Asheville Mural Project (AMP)
Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF)
Moving Women
Outreach Projects Engaging Neighborhoods (O.P.E.N.)
REACH & The Aurora Studios & Gallery
1. We believe everyone should have access to the transformational power of creative expression. We offer classes to the general public on a sliding scale, and provide arts-in-education opportunities to underprivileged populations.
2. We see a need for local career artists, musicians and craftspeople to learn more about marketing themselves and networking with others in their field. We offer a variety of showcasing, networking, and mentoring opportunities for these professionals to increase their ability to be financially self-sufficient.
3. Lastly, we are committed to strengthening the reputation Asheville has as a haven for the arts. We want to make the arts so firmly established here that the future growth of Asheville will not weaken our identity as an artistic community.

 

Second Chances 4 Youth

Second Chances for Youth is committed to the recognition of the human rights of youth and the importance of restorative justice. We believe that sentencing youth to life in prison, without a meaningful opportunity for release upon demonstration of rehabilitation, is incompatible with these values. We believe in a system of restorative justice that gives a voice to all those in the community affected by violence. We are therefore dedicated to abolishing natural life sentences for youth through collaborative grassroots, legislative, and judicial advocacy and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for release for all youth serving this sentence.

We believe that society is responsible for the well-being of its children and human rights principles entitle youth to special protections consistent with their status. We believe in a system of laws that recognizes the need to protect children until they are responsible enough to make mature decisions as well as the need to focus on the rehabilitation and restoration of children who make terrible decisions. Scientific research affirms our societal recognition that youth are fundamentally different from adults because of their immature brain development, as well as their weaker impulse control and reasoning abilities.
We believe in a system of restorative justice that honors the special potential for growth and rehabilitation of youth, by offering a meaningful opportunity for release to all young people sent to prison. The path to a just society lies in allowing children who are rehabilitated and have matured to become compassionate adults, a chance to return to their communities.
We therefore believe that all young people sentenced to prison must be given a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate their rehabilitation, and be offered a second chance to live in their communities as productive members of society.
 

Southern Energy Network

Our Mission at the Southern Energy Network is to build and facilitate an inclusive student- and youth-led movement in the Southeast that empowers communities, develops leaders, and promotes a clean, just, safe, and sustainable energy future.
 
 

Evolver

Evolver is a new social network for conscious collaboration. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to discover and share the new tools, initiatives, and ideas that will improve our lives and change the world.

Evolvers are hope fiends and utopian pragmatists. We see the creative chaos of this time as a great gift and opportunity to rethink, reconnect, and reinvent. Evolvers appreciate pristine mountains, open source economics, and the precocious laughter of small children. Evolvers belong to the regenerative culture of the future, being born here and now.

Evolver.net brings together a global community that shares similar interests and values. It provides a platform that helps us find the resources, peers, news and information that makes a difference. Evolver.net is collaboratively filtered and professionally curated so that the best material gets disseminated widely.
 

Sequatchie Valley Institute

The mission of SVI is to offer society an opportunity to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing:

-education, art, and research opportunities
-land conservation and restoration
-dynamic model residence and learning center
-a vision for attaining a sustainable future

Projects for fulfillment of our mission include:

-Landscape and Architecture — permaculture, edible landscaping, natural building, and alternative energy
-Outreach, Education and Research — off-site presentations and consulting, tours, teacher enrichment and academic research
-Moonshadow Programs — workshops, conferences, meetings and events
-MEDIA RIGHTS — a media production company encompassing the goals of SVI, producing newsletters, video, audio, public art projects and the SVI website
-Land Conservation — protecting and preserving the integrity and sustainability of our watershed, we have assembled a 380+ acre area
 

Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices brings people together to protect the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia. We empower people to defend our region’s rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns. Since the impacts of coal threaten Appalachia more than any other single source of pollution, we are committed to reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future.

We envision a day when the integrity of the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia is protected for future generations, and the region is upheld as a national model of a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.
 

Canary Coalition

The Canary Coalition is your family, friends and neighbors getting together to do something about the poor quality of the air we’ve been breathing in western North Carolina and the southern Appalachian region.

If you’re like most western North Carolinians you love the mountains, its people and culture. You consider this region your home. A good place to live, work and play. A wonderful area to raise children, live a fruitful life and perhaps retire some day. But you’re also becoming increasingly alarmed by the frequent air quality alerts you’re hearing about on the news. It’s hard to swallow the fact that what was once a precious commodity, our clean mountain air, is now being compared to the air over Los Angeles. Visibility has diminished in the Great Smokies from 60 miles to an average of 15 miles. Health concerns to trees, animals and humans are real and increasing.

The Canary Coalition will coordinate public events that will both educate public officials and focus national attention on the air quality problems we’re experiencing in the Smoky Mountain region. The Canary Coalition will work with similar groups in other parts of the country to combine our strength and influence on the federal level.
 

Student-Farmworker Alliance

Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based, membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage workers. We understand our work—which formally began in 2000—as part of larger movements for economic and social justice.

Through tireless organizing grounded in a program of education, action, and leadership development, we were a driving force behind eight of the largest victories against corporate greed that our generation has seen, and we’re just getting started. Now we shift our gaze to the supermarket industry as we continue—alongside farmworkers—to create the path to a better world.
 

Jobs With Justice

Jobs with Justice is a national network of local coalitions that bring together labor unions, faith groups, community organizations, and student activists to fight for working people. Our members are in the streets in 46 cities in 24 states across the country.

We are there for one another’s fights and we unite to take on struggles that none of us could win alone. The only way we can win is if we stand together.

Jobs with Justice builds long-term, formal coalitions of organizations and individuals. These lasting relationships help build the power needed to win real changes in the lives of working families & our communities. As a national network of local coalitions, Jobs with Justice is ideally placed to run national campaigns that are based in the grassroots. Our national office can coordinate collective action that magnifies our local coalitions’ individual impact.

Jobs with Justice seeks strategic fights that build power for working people and address the root causes of the problems facing workers & communities. Jobs with Justice coalitions work on a range of issues from labor law reform to health care; from union organizing campaigns to immigrant rights.