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Inaugural fundraiser to support new artist businesses

Feb 26, 2024 05:36PM ● By Randee Brown

CLYDE - The Haywood Community College Foundation is bringing a new event to Haywood County. The inaugural Evening of Art event will be held to support the needs of HCC’s Professional Crafts program. With live jazz, dancing, appetizers, buffet dinner, studio tours, and a silent auction, this event will be an added touch to the spring event calendar in Haywood County.

The Professional Crafts program at Haywood Community College offers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in four mediums to provide students not only with the ability to perfect their craft, but also to run or start their own business. The wood, fiber, clay, and jewelry focus areas are a draw for artists from across the country. The funds raised from the Evening of Art will support field trips, specialty training opportunities, and needed supplies for student artists to make their craft creations.

One of the highlights of the evening is the silent auction. This auction will feature works of art from HCC instructors, students, and local artisans such as Margaret Roberts, Lexington Glassworks, Sarah Wells Rolland, Phillip D’Angelo, and Teresa Pennington just to name a few.

This event will welcome the 18-piece Asheville Jazz Orchestra to campus and will also feature building and studio tours as well as live demonstrations. Funding special needs for our students could not be supported without donations from community members.

To get a sneak peek at the silent auction items or to purchase your ticket, visit Tickets are $75 per person ($45 tax deductible) and include appetizers, buffet dinner, refreshments, dancing, live music and viewing of the studios and demonstrations. 

Evening of Art will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM in the Sycamore building located on the main campus of Haywood Community College. For more information, email the Foundation Director Hylah Birenbaum at [email protected] or call 828-627-4544.

About Haywood Community College:
Haywood Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission of serving the educational needs and economic growth of our community by promoting lifelong student learning and success. 

Haywood Community College Foundation:
The Haywood Community College Foundation works to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College. It assists the College by securing necessary and timely financial support unavailable through its traditional funding sources. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization through which tax-deductible gifts may be made to benefit the College. 

Source: Haywood Community College