Asheville Parks & Recreation accepting art submissions for Black Legacy Month pop-up gallery

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) invites local artists of all mediums to submit pieces to display during a pop-up gallery celebrating Black Legacy Month from Feb 17-28 at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center . Participants should register online at and drop off submissions between Feb. 13-16. Interested artists may also stop by the center or call (828) 259-5483 to register.

mural of MLK Jr.The show, titled “Southside Presents: Black History Through the Eyes of Art,” opens with a reception on Friday, Feb. 17, from 6-8 p.m. and art pieces will remain available for viewing through Tuesday, Feb. 28, during regular center hours. Grant Southside Center is located on 285 Livingston St.

“Our center is located in the Southside neighborhood, so many of the regulars share stories of Black excellence from the past and present,” according to Jess Johnston, Grant Southside Center Facility Manager. “Examining how local artists acknowledge and celebrate heritage is a fascinating way to explore accomplishments, struggles, victories, and so much more.”

During Black History Month, APR invites residents to explore and discover the achievements, contributions, and journeys of Black heritage. To explore programs and events, visit


About Asheville Parks & Recreation

Established in 1956, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.

Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better and safer place when everyone from infants to retirees has the opportunity to be supported, healthy, and successful, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States. For the latest updates, follow the department on Facebook @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or visit