We do not need to tell you that 2020 was a hard year. Due to the CoronaVirus, we were all placed into a predicament over which we had no control, jobs were lost, stability was shaken, sacrifices were made. We stood together from the sidelines and watched as events, much like ours, created by and for our artist community were canceled one by one. Companies and businesses we love, closed their doors. It would have been very easy to cancel this event in 2021. And yet, the thought never crossed our minds.

We rallied and were determined that an opportunity to celebrate this art form and its artists needed to happen, confirming that life goes on amidst challenge. As we continued to overcome challenges, getting things off the ground in 2022 for our return to an in-person event, was not without its hurdles.

So why the donate button? Simply put, we could really use your help. 2020 forced Unboxing Asheville, LLC, and the creators of *Assembly Required, to make some major behind the scenes changes that directly impacted this event forever. And as in independently run event, there is a lot of hard work that goes into organizing this event.    

A donation, in any amount, would be immensely appreciated to help us continue our promise to give the artists and collectors of this community a very special event.

Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Matthew J. Casale

Creator, *Assembly Required

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