Mission Statement

Xpand Your Vision will commit itself to the greater good and believes in the power of the arts to heal, connect and strengthen. It will never be swayed by doubt, greed or fear and refuses to let “status quo” be acceptable. XYV will always be teachable and carries wonderment, respect and appreciation into everything we do.



Xpand Your Vision (XYV) is a community organizing nonprofit based in Asheville, NC. XYV creates products and events that inspire innovation and fund creative programming. Xpand Your Vision has been operating as a sole proprietor event planning/marketing company since 2012 and is currently undergoing the federal application process to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Xpand Your Vision consists of creative products produced by local artists and businesses, an annual arts festival called Xpand Fest, fiscal sponsorships and development consultations, the XYV Grant and other special events. It is our vision to be funding and producing creative arts programming for the underserved populations of Asheville and beyond within the first two years of operating.

Xpand Your Vision’s product line will initially consist of a 12-month fine art photography wall calendar and postcard series launching in June 2017. The calendar and postcards will be made with 100% recycled materials and will be bought from a socially conscious local North Carolina company that reinvests money back into alternative energy sources. Xpand is working with our Creative Director, Drew Deporter of Trivesica Designs, to combine creativity, history and modern tourism into an affordable gift for locals and tourists. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will help fund the XYV Grant, which will be awarded to support arts programming for the underserved. The first grant will be awarded in July 2018 at the second annual Xpand Fest.

Xpand Fest is the outdoor signature event for Xpand Your Vision, held in June of every year. Xpand Fest highlights music and arts as an innovative tool towards inclusive development and social change. Xpand Fest was created to expand people’s vision of all art disciplines and to celebrate their profound societal impact locally and globally. Xpand Fest provides a platform to examine the imperceptible creativity around and how it relates to the Sustainable Development Goals created at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Xpand Your Vision is excited to support these global efforts locally through providing a creative platform to have these conversations in our community and galvanize action.

Xpand believes that profit is important to longevity of a company but believes stronger that equitable profit through social enterprise is the way to long-term sustainability of a company, a community and the world. Xpand Your Vision commits itself to the greater good in everything we do and continues to develop innovative ways to bring artists together with their community for economic stability and healthy growth.

Staff & Board

Johanna Hagarty

Executive Director


Morgan Markowitz

Xpand Fest Director


Jen Gordon

Xpand Fest Creative Director


Tariq Zeidan

Board President

Alison Pettigrew

Board Member

Court McCracken

Board Secretary

Drew De Porter

Creative Director