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GREENHILL RECEIVES $10,000 IN FUNDING TOWARD 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. For more information visit Greenhillnc.org.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM WINS AWARDS FOR TWO PROJECTS

The Greensboro Historical Museum recently received an Honorable Mention Award at the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) for the film This is My Home Now. This documentary explores the lives of three Montagnard families who fled their homelands in Southeast Asia to forge a new future in Greensboro.

Dozens of museums from Florida to Virginia submitted nominations in seven different Technology Categories, including Media Productions.

Jon Zachman, curator of collections at the Greensboro museum, traveled to Jacksonville, FL to receive the award on behalf of the museum. “It was a great honor to be recognized by colleagues and peers from 12 states in the southeast region,” said Zachman.

In addition to the documentary film, which aired on UNC-TV in April, the museum was also recognized earlier this year for a new exhibition Warnersville: Our Home, Our Neighborhood, Our Stories.

The North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) presented the Award of Excellence in Exhibition Design to the Greensboro Historical Museum at its annual meeting in Durham. Created and designed in collaboration with the community, the Warnersville exhibit focuses on the history of the first planned African American community in Greensboro. It uses oral history interviews and multimedia to share the experiences and recollections of life in the Warnersville community.

Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart and James “Yogi” Griffin, president of the Warnersville Coalition, attended the awards luncheon to receive the award. More than a dozen museums across NC competed in the exhibition category. The award is now displayed at the entrance to the Warnersville exhibition. !

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