SEASON'S GREETINGS: Volunteers Needed for Holiday Parade

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is searching for volunteers
of all ages to represent the museum in the Greensboro Holiday Parade,
Saturday, December 6, 2014.  If you are interested please contact
Nakia Hoskins at (336) 274-9199, ext. 204 or



On November 14, 2014 at approximately 12:00 pm, the
individual pictured above assaulted a female and her
children at 831 Greenhaven Drive in Greensboro.  The
subject has an alias of Sanari Davis and goes by the
street name “Juve” and is believed to have a tattoo
of “loyalty” and an image of Bart Simpson on his stomach.
The subject is known to frequent the downtown area
and the hotel/motels in the High Point Road area.

Greensboro Historical Museum Announces Opening of New Exhibit

Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories

"On Sun., Nov. 23 from 2-5 pm, the Greensboro Historical Museum is hosting a reception for the opening of its new exhibit, Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories. Warnersville, the first planned African American community in Greensboro, has a unique history that will be told through a multimedia exhibit that includes video and oral histories, artifacts, film, maps, photographs and the poetry of Warnersville native Alonzo Stevens.

New technologies in the exhibit include ipad stations and a kiosk where stories come alive at a touch. Artifacts on exhibit range from the large, a set of doors and the cornerstone from JC Price Elementary School, to a 1960s championship baseball.

The Warnersville exhibition project has been a true collaboration from the beginning, with an advisory exhibit committee that includes participants from David D. Jones Elementary School, the Warnersville Recreation Center, neighborhood churches, and the community. Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart says, “It has been a joy to work with our advisory team over the past year. Warnersville has been building its community for decades, not with bricks and mortar, for the physical landscape has changed drastically, but through a spirit that persists and stories that will always be remembered.”

The exhibit will be open for the next twelve months. Special programs will be presented throughout 2015 highlighting different aspects of the Warnersville story.

The Greensboro Historical Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliation Program and accredited by the American Affiliation of Museums, is open daily except Mondays. There is no admission fee. For group tour information, call (336) 373-6831. For general visitor information, go to or call (336) 373-2043."

- A Press Release

Trust Announces More than $3 Million to Expand and Improve Behavioral Health Services across North Carolina

Investments Target Older Adults, Children, Rural Communities

"The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced grants of more than $3 million to expand mental health services and ensure behavioral health services are seamlessly integrated into primary care settings in multiple communities in North Carolina.

“Mental health is a key component of overall health. However, when someone visits his or her doctor for a checkup or a standard illness, mental health is often overlooked,” said Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. “We believe integrated care—that is bringing together behavioral and primary health care providers to assess and treat the whole person in a coordinated way—is key to ensuring better long-term health outcomes in many of the financially disadvantaged communities we serve.”

Specifically, Trust funding announced this month includes more than $2 million to bring nationally recognized, evidence-based depression care treatment to low-income older adults in Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Davie, Forsyth and Surry Counties. Known as IMPACT (Improving Mood: Promoting Access to Collaboration), the model includes a depression care manager for each patient; collaboration between a patient’s primary care physician, depression care manager and psychiatrist; monitoring a patient’s success; and adapting treatment if there is no improvement 10 to 12 weeks later.

“Depression and mental health issues are a growing concern for our state’s older adults, yet many families are unaware of these mental health needs or are unsure how to get help,” said Allen Smart, vice president of programs and director of the Trust’s Health Care Division. “The Trust continues to invest in evidence-based programs that are proven to work, and IMPACT is one of those programs that is showing strong results in other parts of the country. We’re committed to strengthening North Carolina’s system of care for older adults with behavioral health needs.”

The Trust’s Health Care Division also granted more than $280,000 to McDowell Hospital to integrate behavioral health services into a local pediatric primary care clinic serving financially disadvantaged children, and gave $188,000 to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine to develop a plan for a system of mental health and substance abuse care for adolescents and older adults.

The Trust’s Poor and Needy Division, which funds solely in Forsyth County, also granted $875,000 to Wake Forest University Health Services to bring integrated behavioral health services to Forsyth County’s low-income adults, a service not previously offered in this community. The funds will be used to offer behavioral health care in coordination with existing primary care services at the Baptist Health’s Downtown Health Plaza, which serves many uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Overall, the Trust’s Health Care Division made 44 grants totaling more than $10.6 million this cycle to improve the health of low-income individuals across the state.

In addition to investing in mental health services, the Trust also granted $150,000 to Pitt County Health Department to support Nurse-Family Partnership, a program that pairs low-income, first-time moms with a nurse who visits them at home until the baby turns two. The Trust has supported Nurse-Family Partnership in multiple North Carolina counties since 2008. To date, the program has served more than 2400 mothers and welcomed more than 1500 babies in the state.

The Trust also continued its work to improve health and health care in rural communities as part of its Healthy Places NC work, a long-term Trust initiative to invest $100 million in 10 to 15 rural, low-income North Carolina counties.  The Trust has invited five counties—Halifax, Beaufort, McDowell Burke and Rockingham—to participate to date and will announce additional counties in the coming year. In each county, Healthy Places work and projects are driven by the community’s concerns, as well as by where the Trust thinks there’s an opportunity for sustainable, long-term change. Trust investments this grant cycle include improvements to school fitness equipment, new equipment at a rural health center and leadership training and resources for nonprofit directors.


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Poor and Needy Division responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. The Health Care Division promotes wellness statewide by investing in prevention and treatment. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee."

- A Press Release

PART Audit Report Reflects Continued Improvement for the Organization

"The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) has received a superior financial audit report for the second consecutive year. Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP completed the audit of PART financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. A representative from Dixon Hughes presented the report to the PART Board of Trustees on Wednesday, November 12th at the monthly Board Meeting. The report showed a clean opinion with no findings or internal control findings which shows the hard work and diligence of the PART Board and Staff for the past few years. The report also showed that PART is operating within budget constraints and is debt free as of June 2014.

“PART management and staff have worked tirelessly to reduce expenses while continuing to plan for the future of the Triad and provide safe and efficient transportation services for all citizens.” Randolph County Commissioner Darrel Frye stressed to the PART Board on Wednesday, “We have come a very long way in the past two years and shown significant improvement with no findings or exceptions on the final FY14 audit report.”

PART provides an important public service for the community and continues to enhance the quality of transportation in the Triad. Learn more at"

- A Press Release

Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Provides $25,000 Grant to Greensboro Children’s Museum to Fund STEM Education Initiative

Brick Press Project Lets Kids Apply STEM
Skills While Having Fun

"The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation held a ceremony today announcing  a $25,000 grant for the Greensboro Children’s Museum to establish “Outdoor Engineers,” an educational program for grades K-2 promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Representatives from the Greensboro Children’s Museum and Piedmont Natural Gas, joined by local officials and museum employees, celebrated the Outdoor Engineers program at a 10 a.m. ceremony today as students on field trips enjoyed the learning experience.

“Strong schools and excellence in STEM education are important for our children and our nation’s future, and that’s why supporting education is a core focus for the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation,” said Tim Greenhouse, managing director of community relations for Piedmont Natural Gas. “Piedmont is proud to partner with the Greensboro Children’s Museum to bring this hands-on learning opportunity to children.”

The program uses a specially designed brick press that allows students to examine the physical properties of soil and make their own bricks.  Using the bricks, students learn how to build structures such as towers, walls, houses and anything else they can imagine. Piedmont’s grant will also fund scholarships that cover field trip costs and transportation for 1,000 students, and 200 teachers and chaperones from Title I elementary schools in Guilford County and neighboring counties.

“We are very grateful to the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation for enabling the Greensboro Children’s Museum to offer this exciting new field trip program,” said Marian King, CEO of the Greensboro Children’s Museum.  “The Outdoor Engineers program will provide the opportunity for students to apply their classroom learning to real-life situations in interactive and fun STEM activities.”

About The Greensboro Children’s Museum
The Greensboro Children’s Museum (GCM) is a hands-on, interactive museum for children, their families and teachers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children. The 37,000-square-foot facility in downtown Greensboro, N.C., includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and the Outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences. It’s where play is a smart adventure!

For more information, please visit the museum’s website at


On October 30, Following Threads artist Jason Watson
led an adult workshop called "Inventing Histories: Mixed Media
Collages with Found Photos and Objects."  Participants were
led through The Gallery at Greenhill where they asked questions
about Jason's work and then in ArtQuest had a hands-on experience
where they created their own narrative work using found objects
and anonymous photographs. Photo Credit: Lauren Davis
Gordon, Marketing & Design Guru, Greenhill

"Greenhill is pleased to announce an expansion to their adult programming.  The new programs consist of Adult Workshops and CoffeeTime. For over 17 years Greenhill has been known for strong educational programming offered for children and families through ArtQuest.  While this programming remains central to Greenhill’s mission, the organization recognized there was an opportunity to expand programming to engage adult audiences in hands-on creative activities, prompting the expansion of adult programs beyond artist talks and exhibitions.

“At Greenhill, education is at the heart of what we mean when we say ‘art is essential to the human experience.’ To be educated in the arts means experiencing art through looking, making, responding and connecting. While much is said about the educational benefits of the arts for children, adults benefit in profound ways,” said Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D., Greenhill’s Program Director.

Adult Workshops are designed to provide a socially charged space that will rejuvenate the spirit and increase understandings of art materials and processes. Three hour workshops led by trained facilitators and artists who introduce a concept, walk through The Gallery at Greenhill to explain the connection to the current exhibition and then follow up with a hands-on workshop in the ArtQuest studios. Workshops are available at two times afternoon “Tea Time” sessions include coffee, tea and light refreshments ($45.00 per person) and evening “After Hours” sessions ($50.00 per person) include wine and light refreshments.  A materials fee will be added based on the cost of supplies used.  Material fees will be $15 or less.

“A report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts stated ‘the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience does more than sweeten an individual’s life’ (2005). Regardless of age and/or skill level, participation in the arts significantly improves quality of life, brings people together and shapes communities, challenges and improves thinking, surprises, raises us up and transforms our existence,” stated Sanders-Bustle.

Silk Scarf Painting and Dyeing Workshop will be held December 9 at 1PM or 6PM . The workshop will begin with a private tour of Winter Show by Greenhill's curator Edie Carpenter where she will discuss some of the fiber works in the exhibition. This will be followed by an interactive session led by Laura Maruzzella, who has her MA in Art Therapy and is Greenhill’s Art Educator; she will discuss her work, the history of fiber art and practices and lead the group through a number of techniques, with each participant able to create and take home their own scarves. For Maruzzella, she believes making art is “a very freeing experience...that's exactly why I like making art in general.  I'm excited about this workshop because I think people will feel very successful after participating.  It will be very social, plus you can make one scarf for yourself and another for a friend - just in time for the holidays." Limited space available.  To register go to Greenhill’s website An additional material fee will be collected, $10 for one scarf or $15 to create two scarves.  A video from the last adult workshop on October 30th can be found

A second new adult program is CoffeeTime, held each Wednesday from 1-3PM. Adults are welcome to drop in at Greenhill to relax and socialize while experimenting with art materials and techniques, with a new art activity offered weekly. Participants will spend as much time as they would like, enjoy a hot cup of coffee/tea, meet new people, make art or just visit. Admission to CoffeeTime is $8.00 for non-members and $7.00 for members.  Coffee and tea are sold for $1.25 per cup.

Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. For more information visit"

- A Press Release

Three Winston-Salem Arts and Cultural Groups Present “Art for the Holidays”

Event starting Friday, December 5, promotes
books, arts and crafts as unique holiday gifts

"Three Winston-Salem arts and cultural organizations have joined forces this year under the banner, “Art for the Holidays,” to promote books, arts and crafts as unique, affordable holiday gifts.  Bookmarks, Associated Artists, and Sawtooth School for Visual Art are collaborating on “Art for the Holidays” that begins Friday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts with the launch of the 25th annual Deck the Halls arts and fine crafts sale -- a tradition for many Winston-Salem holiday shoppers.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m. on the same day, Bookmarks will offer books and book crafts by local vendors and artists. Persons attending Bookmarks “Holiday Bazaar” in Reynolds Place at the Rhodes Center may purchase signed first editions, handmade crafts including cards, handmade journals, and artwork, as well as books for persons from preschool age to grandparents.  Vendors of handmade journals, pens, cards, bookshelves, bookends, artwork surrounding books and reading, etc. are still needed for this event.  Additional information is available at

At 5:00 p.m., Associated Artists will host the opening reception for its “100 - The More the Merrier” exhibition in the Womble Carlyle Gallery.  This exhibit features original art works that are priced at no more than $100.   The exhibition will run through January 4, 2015.

Also featured at 5 p.m. is a special holiday treat co-sponsored by Downtown Winston Salem Partnership and The Arts Council who are providing entertainment for holiday shoppers with the inclusion of TubaChristmas.  This group of 15 local tuba enthusiasts, directed by Matt Ransom, will greet visitors to Art for the Holidays with holiday tunes between 5: 00 and 6:00 p.m.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has assisted in coordinating the three separate events into a unique local shopping opportunity. “More and more, we are seeing arts organizations in Winston-Salem collaborate and with great success.  We are, in fact, an arts community, and this is an exciting trend – one which we are encouraging and looking for ways to facilitate,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council. 

All events will be in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public.  The Milton Rhodes Center is located at 251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem.  Parking is available for a modest fee in The Arts Council parking lot directly across from the Milton Rhodes Center, on street, and in nearby parking decks.

Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play.  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.  The Arts Council has made a total of 76 grants totaling $1,845,000 for 2015.  Organizational Support Grants, $1,615,000; Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants, $100,000; Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants, $30,000; Innovative Project Grants, $100,000."

- A Press Release