DeWayne Barton (B-Love), founder & CEO of Hood Huggers International, is a sculptor, poet, and social entrepreneur who combines his creative practice with community activism.
A native of Asheville, NC, he grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a Gulf War Veteran. Barton is the author of two books of poetry, and has been involved in community improvement and youth development for over 20 years. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, and was the recipient of a 2016-2017 NC Arts Council Mary B. Regan Artist Residency grant. Barton is co-founder of the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens and Green Opportunities. He serves on the African American Heritage Commission.