by Jordan Green

The arts connect us to our common humanity and a sense of purposeful coexistence. Dig.

David Houston, director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University, discusses art collecting in a lecture at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery on the campus of Wake Forest University on Wednesday at 4 p.m. While Houston discusses the privatization of art collection, Heather Holian, associate professor of art history at UNCG, talks about the connections between studio animation and Western fine art at GreenHill in Greensboro on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest University professors Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill hold a sneak previous of their half-hour film, Living in the Overlap, about High Point same-sex couple Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Brendle Hall.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro screens The Extravagant Shadows on Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A discussion with director David Gatten ensues.

Hampton House Art & Framing in Winston-Salem holds an opening reception for Summer Memories, a group exhibit featuring artists from the North Carolina Piedmont. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food.

Urban space is increasingly an art form, and to celebrate a group of guerrilla-style boosters in High Point will observe Park(ing) Day on Friday by setting up a temporary “parklet” in a metered parking spot. Keep your eyes peeled.

The Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro releases a map for its Storyscapes project on Friday. Over the summer, day-center guests who have been experiencing homelessness have been creating visual and narrative stories that relate to particular places in downtown Greensboro. The project will be installed across downtown so people can take a self-guided tour.

The Tate Street Festival goes down on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. Expect arts and crafts vendors, and a solid lineup of local music.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts in Winston-Salem has launched a book club to complement the upcoming Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibit. The club meets Thursdays at lunchtime (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.) and in the evening’ (5:30-6:45 p.m.). The first book on deck is Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.