Click here to learn about IACA's Cycle #18 artist mini-grant recipient, Julian Ali.


Congratulations to Aurora Studio & Gallery on a successful grant application! 

The following are excerpts from Aurora's application:

The mission of Aurora Studio & Gallery is to provide a supportive art space for artists in recovery from substance use, behavioral health needs, and/or homelessness in and around Buncombe County. Founded in May of 2012, the program offers safe, holistic workshops for those in recovery to build community and friendships; increase life skills, (past times that help nurture); and to create art. It is a place where participants may utilize the arts to enhance expression and self-confidence; and to network with local artists as a stepping stone for those who are not ready nor able to afford to participate independently in other area arts programs. Participants may further develop communication using the arts through trauma informed techniques while working with counselors, peer support specialists, interns and area artists.

Aurora Studio & Gallery offers a weekly 4 hour supportive arts group for individuals impacted by mental health needs, addiction or having been unhoused. Aurora Studio collaborates with Seek Healing a community based recovery program to offer a weekly arts group. Aurora Studio offers a youth program in collaboration with Youth Villages Life Set Program, for youth 17-21, aging out of the foster care system.

The funding will be used towards Aurora Studio & Gallery's Internship/Peer Support Specialist positions. The program utilizes both college interns and Peer Support Specialists (individuals who have been impacted by mental health issues and trained to work in the field) to assist us with our mission. Interns/Peer Support Specialists help: co-facilitate instruction; offer direction; assist with other programmatic needs, which may include anything from helping carry out special events to social media presence.

Aurora Studio & Gallery has become a sanctuary for those who have felt marginalized. It is a place where as many of our artists voiced, they can come and be accepted for who they are and not feel judged. Artists may come together to express themselves without words, but through paint, clay, pencil, chalk. More importantly, valuable bonds have been formed, friendships developed and people have gained a greater sense of self in the process.

You may be the next grant winner! Click here to apply. 

There is no specific type of artist that we focus on or primarily support. Creative expression comes in a wide variety of artistic disciplines and genres. We are looking for passion and excellence in your craft. Tell us why your work is important to you and how you hope it will impact others. 
Where Eagles Soar (Isaiah 40:31)
To learn more about Aurora Studio & Gallery, 
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 Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, LCAS, Founder, Board Chair
© Aurora Studio & Gallery
"Photos taken from a YOUTH GROUP this past January. 
Kyley Shurrona, Aurora Volunteer was the Instructing Artist."