Written by Marla Hardee Milling | Photos by Phill Baldwin
A look at Asheville’s increasingly prominent, ever-evolving River Arts District, and what it represents for artists, businesses, and area residents alike.
“When did all this happen?”
That’s Asheville artist Wendy Whitson, recalling vividly hearing the question in 2011, when members of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce board participated in an intra-city tour which included exposure to the River Arts District (RAD).
“They didn’t know what we had been doing down here, and now look at it. Isn’t that something?” says Whitson, who is a past president of the River Arts District’s artist association and has served on the board for 15 years. She’s also a former Chamber of Commerce board member, and she’s currently involved on the Riverfront Redevelopment Commission.[Ed. note: Data points in this report were researched and compiled by the Asheville Area Arts Council]
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