African American Heritage Trail Project

Call for Advisory Committee Submissions

An Advisory Committee is being developed to provide insight and recommendations on the direction of the project including advising on trail themes, route, design, featured content, and other related aspects of the project throughout the development process.

The Advisory Committee will also serve as connectors to community, promoting awareness of the project and advising on ways in which to activate the project within the community once it is complete.

Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything is serving as lead consultant on the process of creating the Advisory Committee and facilitating the meetings.

Recruitment Process

Buncombe County residents that are aligned with the criteria below are invited to apply for the African American Heritage Trail Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will consist of up to 12 members representing varying age demographics and lived experiences.

Applications that represent connection to the Black community in Buncombe County through one or more of the following criteria will be prioritized:

  • Reside in historically Black neighborhoods & communities in present day or past
  • Connected to Black/African American Youth, Arts, and Education (K12 & College)
  • Involvement in local historical preservation projects
  • Associated with the local Black faith community
  • Have direct lived experiences related to local Black history or have related insight through research, projects or family
  • Experience with social justice issues and community activism
  • Black business leaders and/or tourism professionals

The application period will be open from November 15 through December 10, 2021.

Committee Member Responsibilities

Members will be asked to attend approximately four meetings starting in January 2022 through December 2022.

  • In order to ensure consistency of input, members must attend at least 3 of 4 meetings, with the first meeting being highest priority.
  • Meetings will be 1.5 hours and will be held in person at the Explore Asheville office at 27 College Place.

Members are asked to openly and honestly share opinions and perspectives, provide judicious feedback, engage deeply with planned activities, and be respectful of other members, facilitators, and guest speakers.

What is the African American Heritage Trail?

The application period is open from November 15 through December 10, 2021.

Interested applicants are invited to submit information below:
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Pat Kappes, Vice President of Community Engagement
Office: 828-210-2724

Interested in joining the Community Advisory Committee?

An Advisory Committee is being developed with the support of Aisha Adams and Equity Over Everything to shape the development of the project. Information will be posted in Fall 2021 about the Advisory Committee application process. Check back for updates.