Celebrating Middle School Success through the Arts is one of many ways UNC Asheville recognizes the talent of aspiring college students who have participated in the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative (MSS). MSS works to create success ready 9th graders and espouses community responsibility and awareness to increase student success and high school graduation.
Throughout the month of March, the Celebrate Middle School Success Through the Arts exhibition, featuring 56 works by middle school students from seven different schools, is on display in the Scholarship Deck of the Sherrill Center on campus. Schools represented are Asheville Middle School, Clyde A. Erwin Middle School, Enka Middle School, Charles D. Owen Middle School, North Buncombe Middle School, Valley Springs Middle School, and Franklin School of Innovation.
UNC Asheville held a reception on March 13, 2019 honoring the student artists. More than 50 people attended, and heard remarks by UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable; Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin; Asheville City Schools Assistant Superintendent Terrence McAllister; and Laura Elliot, director of the Middle School Success Initiative of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. This is the sixth year that the art show has been held at UNC Asheville. The artwork will be on display and open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through March 29.