Poetic 828 gathers artists in order to create generative work that makes the city of Asheville the site of human connection, generosity, and reconciliation.




Our Story

In the fall of 2016, a group of artists, writers, and musicians of faith gathered in a living room in West Asheville every week to discuss the book Culture Care by artist, Mako Fujimura. Fujimura’s thesis of Culture Care struck a chord with these artists, who were navigating the margins of a increasingly polarized cultural and political landscape. Motivated by the hope that art provides a powerful context for cultural healing and transformation, these artists formed a collective that would seek to love the city of Asheville by offering collaborative projects that highlight our civic commitment to creative maladjustment.

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