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Pritchard Park Programming in Full Swing

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The Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program kicks off Tuesday, May 27 and runs through Thursday, August 28 (Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends).

The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program includes:

  • Hoop Jam, presented by Mission Health, Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm
  • LEAF Schools & Streets, Wednesdays from 5-7pm
  • Homegrown in Pritchard, in partnership with 98.1 The River, 6-8pm
  • Asheville Drum Circle, Fridays beginning about 6pm (The Drum Circle extends beyond the Memorial Day to Labor Day timeframe)

Now in its 7th summer, Hoop Jam is presented by Mission Health and produced by Asheville Hoops. Instruction is provided by Melanie MacNeil, widely recognized as one of Asheville and the Southeast’s finest fire and hoop performers. Local musician, George Pond, delivers the tunes.

Last summer, LEAF Schools & Streets hosted three programs in the park. Because of wide community support, this summer LEAF will grow its Pritchard Park to 10 weeks. Support for LEAF Schools & Streets in Pritchard Park comes from the Asheville Art in the Park Arts & Community Grant.

  • June 4: World Dance with Christine Garvin
  • June 11: West African Drumming with Adama Dembele
  • June 18: West African Dance with Nadirah Rahman (+ Adama Dembele as special guest drummer)
  • June 25: Family Circus Show with Nina Ruffini
  • July 2: Theater for the Family with Erinn Hartley
  • July 9: Hip-Hop, Pops and Locks with Otto Vazquez
  • July 16: Journey in Movement with Lisa Abeling
  • July 23: Lift your Voice with Anastasia Yarbrough
  • July 30: Improv Games and Workshop with Erinn Hartley
  • August 6: LEAF Schools & Streets Teaching Artist

Back for its 3rd summer in the park, Homegrown in Pritchard is produced in partnership with local radio station, 98.1 The River and sponsored by Mosaic Realty, The Green Room, My Vape Space and the Love Hate Social Club.

  • June 5: Oso Rey
  • June 12: Nikki Talley
  • June 19: The Toothe
  • June 26: Leigh Glass Band
  • July 3: Lyric
  • July 10: Aaron Lafalce
  • July 17: Jeff Santiago
  • July 24: Red Honey
  • July 31: The Nighttrotters
  • August 7: Ben Wilson
  • August 14: Kellin Watson
  • August 21: Aaron Woody Wood/The Sufi Brothers
  • August 28: Molly Rose (Of Underhill Rose)

Since 2001, the beats and rhythms of the Asheville Drum Circle pulled people into Pritchard Park. The free community event draws not only drummers, but dancers, spectators and more. Attendees are welcome to bring along their own drums and join in the fun.

The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district.

More information about the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at www.ashevilledowntown.org or by following through social media including Facebook (www.facebook.com/AshevilleDowntownAssociation) and Twitter (@AVLDowntown).