Giving Back

At Roots + Wings School of Art and Design it is a priority to find unique ways to give back to students, families and our surrounding community.

We do this in a number of ways – and are always looking for more creative opportunities! Here is a summary of our ways we are already giving back:

After-school Community Design Lab

Close to 10% of our R+W proceeds go back to our host school PTO, 10% of our students receive full or partials scholarships for the whole school year from R+W

Spring and Summer Creativity Camps

10% of our camp students are scholarships from R+W

Visual Arts Preschool

We cover 100% of our visiting artists costs that we bring to share their art forms with our students

irl at asheville middle school

We volunteer as a community program provider for the Asheville Middle School irl program.  Through our After-school Community Design Lab explores the power of art and design for community change. 

The One Neighborhood Project

We work with the River Arts District Business Association, OpenDoors of Asheville and Artists to connect students with real time learning with RAD artists in their studios.  Find out more here.

INNOVATION HOUR

A FREE program for students during the school day which brings problem solving and independent thinking into the classroom through the tools of art and design to every student at a school through 1+ hour long experiences in their classroom during the school day. Each experience has been created to connect with National Common Core standards, teaching 21st Century skills like innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking. Engaging each of our students in a design-thinking platform encourages creativity and innovation through exploration, risk-taking, play, and practical application.  Find out more here.

FREE community events 

We do countless events with local community schools and organizations – where we come and make art, experiment and innovate with folks for free!!  We also host FREE Pop Up Adventure Play days at our campus which happen sporadically though the year. They are a wonderful opportunity to gather with your community, meet new people and try new things together!

OPEN DOORS of Asheville

Open Doors of Asheville has generously partnered with us to help provide partial scholarships for students in our programs as well as funding for our INNOVATION HOUR program.  We offer our studio space for making labs with Open Doors students monthly.  Find out more about OPEN DOORS here.

Want to join in?
Become a Roots + Wings Ambassador

If you or your business or organization would like to join us in financially supporting scholarships, guest artists, programming at local schools, or other opportunities – please connect with us below, or make a donation here!  We will gladly add you to our Roots + Wings Ambassadors page and spread the word about your kindness wherever we can!

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