Betty Cone Medal of Arts Presented to Brenda P. Schleunes
Greensboro, N.C., June 26, 2018 — ArtsGreensboro presented the Betty Cone Medal of Arts to Brenda Schleunes, founder and Artistic Director of the Touring Theater of North Carolina.
First awarded in 1999 by ArtsGreensboro, and sponsored by AT&T, the Betty Cone Medal of Arts is the highest local award presented to artists. It recognizes artists who have achieved clear excellence in their disciplines and/or have made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community at large through their artistry or expertise.
The prestigious award, sponsored by AT&T, was presented to Brenda P. Schleunes at ArtsGreensboro’s Annual Meeting.
An accomplished playwright and director in the performing arts, Brenda Schleunes has written, compiled, and directed more than 40 original productions. Ms. Schleunes draws subjects for her work from community celebrations, commemoration and needs, and frequently uses poetry, short stories or historical documents that explore social concerns such as homelessness, mental illness, race, age, gender and class. Her work has been performed in 60 North Carolina counties, fifteen states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Schleunes is the recipient of the 2005 Literary Laurel awarded by Greensboro Public Library, the 2009 O. Henry Award presented jointly by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Action Greensboro and the United Arts Council of Greensboro and the 2011 Professional Achievement Award from Lakeland College.
The award was presented at ArtsGreensboro’s Annual Meeting on June 20th by its namesake, local arts champion Betty Cone.
“All of us at AT&T North Carolina take a fierce pride in our state and its citizens,” said Evans. “That’s why it was a natural for us to sponsor the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award that recognizes talented Greensboro artists who have made a positive impact on the community.”
In addition to Brenda Schleunes, ArtsGreensboro also recognized other 2018 award recipients who have been honored at earlier events at yesterday’s annual meeting:
- Cheryl Stewart, 2018 O.Henry Award
- Steinway Piano Gallery, 2018 Arts-in-Business Award
- Mary Young, Wells Fargo’s Arts Education Teacher of the Year
About ArtsGreensboro: As it has been for more than 50 years, ArtsGreensboro is an arts council and catalyst for connecting the community and building recognition and support for the arts. Through its annual community-wide Campaign for the Arts, it supports more than 50 arts organizations, projects, artists and schools annually. In addition, ArtsGreensboro hosts events and manages facilities – from the North Carolina Folk Festival and Sternberger Artists Center (Summit Avenue), to the collaborative 17DAYS Arts Festival, and the innovative Van Dyke Performance Space. Through all these activities, ArtsGreensboro drives the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org