What’ s That Buzz I Hear in Downtown Asheville? Downtown Shops Welcome Pollination Celebration! Week With Bee Swarms in Windows

PictureFired Up Pottery on Wall Street made some pottery in honor of Pollination Celebration! week. Photo: Coleen Hester

“Art has the power to communicate truth and inspire people to action.” Artist Libba Tracy

Once again Libba Tracy has inspired the community to think about imperiled pollinators, but she asks us to really LOOK at them.  Her simply illustrated white honeybee decal placed tastefully in more than 125 downtown shop windows beckons people into shops to ask why they are appearing all over Asheville. This is just the kind of conversation Libba hoped for.

Once inside, they may find brochures about Pollination Celebration! events planned to continue the dialogue.  Whether they attend a documentary, a garden tour, a scholarly presentation or a honey beer tasting, they will learn something about the important role pollinators play in making our world bloom and fruit.

Soon we will post a list of all the participating shops.  Twin Leaf Brewery is releasing its new honey beer in honor of the week and will contribute $1 for every honey beer sold on Thursday, June 18, to Bee City USA.

Thanks to Libba, the participating shop owners who are helping us promote the week’s events, the Asheville Downtown Association, Signarama, and the many volunteers who visited about 200 shops to ask for their participation.

All certified Bee City USA communities commit to doing at least one educational event each year. With nine certified communities and growing, we intend to capture good ideas like this one from each city to share with and inspire one another.

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