HPU Celebrates 90 Years and Kicks off Year of the Arts with Fall Festival

Halli Hogan has an abstract portrait of herself painted by Kate Guy. 
"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2014 – High Point University kicked off the Year of the Arts and celebrated its 90th Founders Day with a Fall Festival today.

The event welcomed the community and nearly 40 vendors and food trucks to campus. Artists from the across the Southeast displayed their talents and wares, while activities ranged from a LEGO creation area for kids to live music performances by HPU student groups. A live painting session where guests were instructed how to paint Roberts Hall, the first building to be constructed on campus in 1924, on a canvas was also held.

“I enjoyed bringing the grandchildren to this today,” said Kathy Moore, a resident of High Point who brought her three grandchildren, BJ, Brandon and Makabryn, to the event. “They enjoyed seeing all the different things in each tent, and they loved the jazz music.”

Kay Bevan, owner of Four Paws Pottery and exhibitor at the event, met many new faces while crafting new pottery at her table.

HPU campus was filled with visitors from the community
for the Fall Festival held Sat., Sept. 13, 2014.
“A lot of people have been stopping to talk and ask me about what I make, which has been good,” said Bevan. “The exhibitors were encouraged to practice their craft while we’re here, and I think that was a good idea.”

HPU was founded on Sept. 14, 1924. Today’s celebration of the university’s rich history concludes with a chapel service on campus at 5:30 p.m. delivered by Rev. Manuel Wortman, a 1963 graduate.

The Year of the Arts, funded by a Think Big! Grant from HPU, continues with a celebration throughout the 2014-15 academic year. It is a series of events and activities that will allow varying levels of engagement for everyone. In order to focus the conversation, the Year of the Arts will focus on four big questions that students and speakers will address over the course of the academic year: How is art related to identity? What are the roles of “dangerous” art? How is art a form of commerce? Is this art?

For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/yearofthearts"

A Press Release


Rescued Dog Returns the Favor

"On September 5, High Point resident Ron Weatherford awoke to find his adopted dog, Hendrix, licking his face. Weatherford was having a heart attack, and Hendrix woke him up just in time for him to dial 911 for help. When paramedics arrived, Weatherford had to be revived with chest compressions and shock paddles. Without Hendrix, Weatherford doesn't believe he would have woken up to call 911. For saving his guardian's life, Hendrix will receive a Heroic Dog Award from PETA.

Hendrix was adopted from the Guilford County Animal Shelter 15 years ago. Weatherford says that Hendrix may have been the "rescue" at first, but now he has returned the favor.
"Animal shelters everywhere are full of smart and loving dogs like Hendrix who would make loyal companions if only someone would give them the chance," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "Adopting an animal from a shelter saves a life, and it might even save yours one day, too."

PETA is sending Hendrix a framed certificate, a "doggie" bag full of toys and treats, a comfortable harness to wear on walks, and a "Who Adopted Who?" T-shirt for Weatherford.

PETA, whose motto includes "animals are not ours to abuse in any way," encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for a dog properly to adopt from a shelter, rather than contributing to the homeless-animal crisis by buying from a breeder or a pet store.

As a tax-exempt charity, PETA does not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate for public office.

For more information, please visit PETA.org."

- A Press Release

Pirate, Pirates and More Pirates! Day in the Park in Jamestown Sept. 20

"The pirates return to Day in the Park for the 44th festival with fun-filled, family-oriented entertainment, crafts, food and much more on Saturday, September 20.
This year's Pirate's Cove at the Children's Adventure Island will feature handprint crafts, Rowdy Robin the Storyteller, Sea Hunter's Magic & Balloons, Costume Contest, Black Powder Demos, and the Pirate Encampment!

Nestled in the beautiful High Point City Lake Park, the festival is presented by the High Point Area Arts Council in cooperation with the High Point Parks & Recreation Department. The festival will be held from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and the park is located at 602 W. Main Street in Jamestown. Admission is free!

There are two entertainment stages; one will host performances by community groups while the other will feature bands:

Field Stage

11:00 – Andrew’s Marching Band
11:30 – Jazzen (Jazz)
  1:30 – Easy Greens (Mix)
  3:30 – EnVision (R&B, Motown)

All-day ride tickets, which include the train, carousel, miniature golf, inflatables and the rock climbing wall, are available for just $6.00. Tickets to take the Pirate Cruise on the park's pontoon boat are $2.50 per person. This is an unbelievable deal for families!

Visual artists and crafters will be on hand in Marketplace Bazaar to display and sell their original pieces, including pottery, jewelry, photography, note cards, stained glass, wooden and sewn crafts, plus many more. This will be a great opportunity to not only stock up on holiday gifts, but also to support our local artists!

As always, the inviting smell of funnel cakes, roasted corn, polish sausages, pizza, kettle popcorn and burgers will fill the air throughout the day.

Day in the Park offers something for the whole family, so bring them out along with your shopping list and your appetite for a great day! See you on Saturday, September 20 at High Point City Lake Park!

For more information about Day in the Park, contact Travis Compton at 336-889-2787 ext. 26 or rtcompton@highpointarts.org, or visit our website at www.HighPointArts.org."

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Theatre Presents "The Whale" Sept. 17-21

"Greensboro College presents its first production of 2014-2015, "The Whale," Sept. 17-21.

Performances will be in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building on campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-GC students. They can be reserved by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 242, or emailing tickets@greensboro.edu.

The play was written by Samuel D. Hunter and is being directed by David Schram, Jefferson-Pilot Professor of theatre.

It tells the story of a 600-pound recluse in a Mormon region in Idaho who hides away in his apartment, eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Funny and moving, "The Whale" depicts a man's last chance at redemption and finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

On seeing the play in New York, New York Observer critic Rex Reed wrote, "RIVETING. An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage."

Greensboro College's Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration. The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or backstage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting.

For more information, contact department chair Schram 336-272-7102, ext. 243, or email schramd@greensboro.edu.

Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

Enjoy a Guided Tour: Highlights of the North Carolina Museum of Art with TAG

"Theatre Art Galleries will visit one of the southeast’s premier museums, the North Carolina Museum of Art, on Thursday, September 25th. Enjoy our Guided Tour:  Highlights of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Discover a world of art in this welcoming introduction to the Museum’s permanent collection. From Egyptian mummy cases and Italian Renaissance masterpieces to thought-provoking modern and contemporary works, this tour has it all.
    Following lunch there will be time to independently explore some of the many special exhibits, including:  “Line, Touch, Trace” organized by Greenhill in Greensboro, features hand-drawn works by 13 North Carolina artists who use graphite, ballpoint pen, conté crayon, ink, or charcoal to explore drawing in its relationship to thought processes.  Included are works by TAG exhibiting artists Isaac Payne, Kiki Farish and John Gall.
   TAG on wheels is only $30 for TAG members, $35 for non-members.  This includes transportation in our luxury motor coach, museum entry, and guided tour. There is an optional lunch available for $20 with reserved seating in the restaurant, Iris, inside the museum. (Seating is strictly limited to the first 40 reservations).
The cost for
    Your payment is your reservation.  Register online at www.tagart.org/events, or call our office at 336-887-2137.  Book early as space is limited.  No refunds, but tickets are transferrable.  RSVP by September 19th.

    We will leave from the TAG lobby promptly at 8:30am and return by 4:00pm. Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org."

- A Press Release

3nd Annual Gridiron Girls: Ladies Night Under the Lights

"Ricky Proehl, the P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation, and Proehlific Park are excited to announce the  Annual Gridiron Girls- Ladies Night Under the Lights fundraising social and football clinic on October 3 from 7pm-9:00pm at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. This will be an evening of fun and fellowship for WOMEN ONLY who want to learn more about playing, watching or simply enjoying football while supporting a great cause.

"More and more women are watching football on TV, but many only watch because their husband or boyfriend is a football fanatic.  We want to make watching football a more enjoyable experience for wives and girlfriends, and they will be helping us raise money for a great cause in the process", said former NFL stand-out Ricky Proehl.

Participants will be able to learn about football firsthand from Proehl, and his all-star team of coaches.  Topics include penalties, plays and positions, and there will even be time to brush up on some of your own skills if you choose. Wine and other refreshments will be served.

100% of the proceeds from this evening will go to support the P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation, whose mission is to help at-risk Triad Youth through scholarships, tutoring and academic assistance, as well as other Proehlific Park Programs. The Foundation also continues to help other North Carolina charities serving children with various disabilities and other specific social or economic needs."

- A Press Release


WSSU and SECCA Collaborate to Present Gather Round 
A Symposium on the Work of Kevin Jerome Everson

"Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) have partnered to bring artist Kevin Jerome Everson together with distinguished scholars and other artists to Winston-Salem for a daylong symposium.

Gather Round will be held Oct. 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the WSSU campus. The symposium coincides with the opening week of an exhibition of Everson’s work at SECCA by the same title and marks the first event co-organized by the two institutions.

“This collaboration between Winston-Salem State University and SECCA on the Kevin Everson exhibition and symposium complements the signature strengths of each of these historic institutions,” says Corey Walker, dean of WSSUs College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, and John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities. “It is a model partnership which realizes the unique opportunities available in a city where the arts, creativity and innovative thinking are the hallmarks of our wonderfully diverse community.”

Everson’s work ranges from painting, sculpture and photography to a prolific output of films. The Gather Round symposium will explore Everson’s artistic perspectives and output through and alongside questions of regionalism, history and the representation of black experience in film, particularly in the South.

Symposium panelists include Terri Francis, associate professor, communication and culture at Indiana University; Michael B. Gillespie, assistant professor of film, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film and the Department of African American Studies, Ohio University; Sabine Gruffat, media artist, filmmaker and assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Claudrena N. Harold, associate professor of history and African American studies and African studies at the University of Virginia; Wesley C. Hogan, director of the  Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University and a historian of the civil rights movement; and Greg Tate, writer, cultural producer, musician and Sterling Brown 22 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.

“As a State of North Carolina cultural resource committed to strengthening partnerships that enrich the lives of Triad residents and citizens across North Carolina, we’re excited to be working with Winston-Salem State University to bring nationally recognized scholars and artists into Winston-Salem,” says SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach. “Together we can continue to increase the city’s relevancy as a key cultural and knowledge destination in the Southeast.”

SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Cora Fisher adds, “Gather Round will present a one-of-a-kind experience for those interested in art, film, history, and visual culture to listen to and take part in important conversations around labor, memory and community in our everyday lives which Everson’s artistic vision makes manifest.”

The morning session begins at 9:15 a.m. in Hill Hall, Room L 05, directly followed by highlights of Everson’s latest film. After the lunch break, the afternoon sessions will resume at 1 p.m. A reception with the artist will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Diggs Gallery. Walker, Fisher and Endia Beal, interim director of the Diggs Gallery, will serve as moderators for the various sessions.

The exhibition of Everson’s work will be on display at SECCA from Oct. 1–Dec. 1.

The Gather Round symposium is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to visit the WSSU campus parking office to obtain a day pass in order to park in the visitor’s parking lot. WSSU Campus Parking office can be reached at 336-750-2905. 

For more information or full program schedule visit www.secca.org or www.wssu.edu.

About Gather Round Symposium
Gather Round Symposium is organized by Corey D. B. Walker, Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education/ John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities, Winston-Salem State University and Cora Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit www.secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university that traces its roots back to Slater Industrial Academy which was founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, 10 master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs to a student population of more than 5,000 students. For more information, visit www.wssu.edu.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov."

- A Press Release


"AIDS Care Service (ACS) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $13,480 one-year grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation. The grant is made possible by the Harriet Taylor Flynt Fund and will be used to enhance the organization’s donor relations and marketing capabilities.

“The generosity of The Winston-Salem Foundation will help ACS to continue an ambitious marketing campaign we started last fall with the help of a previous grant from the Foundation,” said Rivkah Meder, Grant Writer and Housing Case Manager at AIDS Care Service.

According to the agency’s Executive Director, Jesse Duncan, “this grant advances our mission by connecting those in need to our services while making the community aware that HIV still impacts our neighbors and friends.”

About AIDS Care Service:

The mission of AIDS Care Service is to empower and serve our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS and to educate our community in the struggle against the disease. For 20 years, AIDS Care Service has provided services to neighbors in Forsyth and surrounding counties. AIDS Care Service is the longest continually operating AIDS service organization serving Forsyth County.

About The Winston-Salem Foundation:

The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of approximately $360.7 million at the end of 2013. In 2013, the Foundation granted $20.9 million to charitable causes, over $2.5 million of which was through the Community Grants program."

- A Press Release