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Program on building sustainable communities presented Feb. 25

BOONE—A program on building sustainable communities in Western North Carolina will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Appalachian State University by Dewayne Barton, environmental justice artist and co-founder of Green Opportunities in Asheville. Sponsored by the Department of Sustainable Development in Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, the presentation runs from 6:30-8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. The public is invited to attend.

Asheville Green Opportunities is a green jobs training program designed to prepare area youth and adults for “green-collar” careers and to help create a culture of sustainability that is inclusive and just.

Barton has been involved in community improvement and youth development for more than 20 years. As a visual and performing artist, he is involved in environmental justice issues—both through his art and his community involvement. His mixed-media, found-art installations have been featured at Duke University, the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of African American History and Culture, Upstairs Gallery, Asheville’s Fringe Festival, August Wilson Museum as part of the Affrilachian Artist Project and the Hillcrest Mural Project.

Barton is a native of Asheville and the author of a recent book of poetry, “Urban Nightmare, Silent Screams.” He is co-founder of the Burton Street Community Peace Garden and serves on the boards of several local non-profits. Currently, he is collaborating with local artists, arts organizations, and communities to create an African American History tour for the greater Asheville area.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Westerman at or 828-262-2493 for more information.