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Greenhill receives $10,000 in funding towards Learning ART Together Program

Women to Women, a grantmaking endowment at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro which supports issues relevant to our community’s women and families, has awarded a $10,000 grant to Greenhill’s Learning ART Together program.

Learning ART Together is a program designed to help immigrant and refugee women create an art or craft they can sell, exhibit and/or share while building a sense of community amongst the group. With the Women to Women grant, Greenhill will lead Learning ART Together for a second year, bringing in Guilford Child Development as a secondary partner and adding an important new collaborator, the Center for New North Carolinians, whose extensive knowledge of and experience with refugee and immigrant populations will offer important assistance and direction.

In 2014, Women to Women, Greensboro’s first permanent grantmaking endowment to engage women in impacting the lives of our community’s women and their families, played a significant role in the realization of Learning ART Together through their general support of the program. After the funding came to an end in April 2015, Greenhill and Guilford Child Development assessed the outcomes and importance of the program for the women involved. After just one year it was clear in addition to gaining knowledge in artmaking the women’s confidence grew through an atmosphere of community, trust and accomplishment. This resulted not only because of facilitation but with the Women to Women funding, the partners were able to remove significant barriers to participating such as childcare and instructional and material costs.

With a population of over 60,000 immigrants and their children in Guilford County, programs such as Learning ART Together are desperately needed as immigrants and refugees face a host of barriers to building helpful and productive lives in the United States. Overwhelming challenges coupled with minimal access to community resources often lead to poverty and isolation greatly impacting identity, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Learning ART Together provides art experiences in a hands-on experiential studio space where they can create art in a sharing environment. Having an open, shared creative space encourages interaction and collective learning where the women can gain confidence, build language skills and support their social and emotional needs.

Jaymie Meyer, Director of Youth and Adult Education at Greenhill will serve as Project Leader and Art Facilitator, will design curriculum, facilitate art instruction and oversee the space. She explains, “An inherent goal for all participants is to build community across diverse cultures, providing art instruction that will help women gain confidence in their creative abilities.” Additionally, language development will be supported through journaling, sharing their art and discussions about NC artwork in The Gallery at Greenhill.

Greenhill is a space for NC Art and is composed of four spaces; ArtQuest, The Gallery, InFocus Gallery and The Shop. We engage a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. We are the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC. Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street in the Greensboro Cultural Center. For more information visit Greenhillnc.org. !

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