DARLENE GLENN MCCLINTON-ARTIST FIRST TEACHER SECOND
A native of South Bronx, New York, Darlene Glenn McClinton has been in Greensboro since she was eight. With her BA in Visual Art and Design and her MFA in Painting and Digital Photography she is still on the education train, currently enrolled at UNCG for her PhD in Educational and Cultural Studies.
There is nothing off limits when it comes to McClinton’s dreams. She plans to “create opportunities for myself as well as my students and the arts community around me. One of my goals is to travel the world, painting historical murals. Also to transform The Artist Bloc, where creative minds meet, into a multi-million dollar franchise business. And what I plan to do with my PhD in education is to open my own school of the arts.”
Art has always been a therapeutic release for McClinton who comes from a family of artists. Her thoughts on Greensboro are inspiring. “It’s a great place for college students to go to school, be nurtured and experience life. It’s also a wonderful place for married couples and families to come, build and retire. But what excites me is how much the city of Greensboro is now starting to cultivate the arts and the importance of the arts. I think what’s exciting is that it’s a lot of art-based businesses being built in Greensboro and it appears as though Greensboro is starting to appreciate all art forms as well as art education programs.”!