HPCVB GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED Area Non-Profits Awarded $256,560 in Arts and Tourism-Related Projects.

"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 1, 2015 — The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) has announced the recipients of the 32nd annual Arts & Tourism Grants Program. Twenty-five area non-profits will receive $256,560 from June 2015 to June 2016. The program has awarded over $4.7 million to 643 projects in its history.

Non-profit organizations may apply for financial assistance for arts or tourism-related projects or events that benefit the High Point area. The program starts in May and applicants are notified of their award amounts by June 30. Interested applicants can access the guidelines and application at www.highpoint.org/arts-tourism-program or call (336) 884-5255 for additional information.

The purpose of the Arts & Tourism Grants Program is for specific tourist-related events or activities, such as arts or cultural events. Organizations should use Arts & Tourism Grant funding for promoting, improving, constructing, financing, or acquiring facilities or attractions that enhance the development of tourism in High Point. The program encourages High Point non-profit agencies to contribute to HPCVB’s mission of promoting and encouraging economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. HPCVB allocated grant money to several new projects this year including:

“Celebrate the Old North State” submitted by the Alexander Martin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, received $10,600 to hold a six day event, May 9 to 15 showcasing High Point’s history and art during Historic Preservation Month.

The Piedmont Triad International Airport submitted three new projects including a collaboration with local sculpturist, Chuck Foster for $1,500; a partnership with Theatre Art Galleries for an art exhibit for $2,900, and $11,667 for their Fly Easy High Point Marketing Campaign.

The City Project submitted two projects for the return of the Ignite Whistle Stop Concert Series in the amount of $9,417 and the Designer Shop N Stay Event for $2,133.

Southwest Renewal Foundation will receive funding for four projects including the WONDER sculpture for $500; the High Point Garden Tour for $1,500; the High Point by Design Trolley and Antiques Tour $6,000; and the second year of the High Point Core City Public Art Project for $2,600.

Other 2015-2016 grant recipients include: Macedonia Family Resource Center, High Point Area Arts Council, Bienenstock Furniture Library, High Point Community Chorus, Piedmont Artists, Piedmont Soccer Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, High Point Parks and Recreation, High Point Historical Society, Friends of John Coltrane, Kilby of Hope, Historic Jamestown Society, Theatre Art Galleries, High Point Ballet, High Point Theatre, Veteran’s Memorial of High Point, High Point Community Theatre, Carl Chavis YMCA, Washington Street Business Association-Hayden Harman Foundation, High Point Community Concert Association and High Point Swim Club.

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About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau

The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The CVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds — city, county or state—are used to fund the HPCVB. For more information, visit www.highpoint.org."

- A Press Release
"OUT at the Movies is screening the 2015 drama, Liz in September, on Sat., Sept. 12, 7:00 PM at UNCSA’s ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main Street in Winston-Salem. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available in the ACE lobby beginning at 6:15 PM.

“Liz has known several things since she was a child: that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim.  Determined to enjoy the time she has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from her friends.

Eva is alone on vacation when her car breaks down.  She ends up at Margot’s Inn where she meets Liz and her group of all gay friends.  Liz makes a bet that she can seduce the straight newcomer.  Against all odds, the encounter between these two very different women changes their lives, setting new perspectives where love, life and death, away from any morals, play as simple steps of nature.”

Proceeds will benefit the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, the North Star LGBT Center and this November’s OUT @ the Movies Fest.  For more information and to see the trailer, visit www.OUTattheMoviesWinston.org.  Additional questions? Call 336.918.0902"

- A Release

Architectural Designs and Details for Renovated Benton Convention Center Presented to City Officials

"Winston-Salem, N.C. - The $17.5 million renovation of the Benton Convention Center achieved another milestone when the Winston-Salem City Council reviewed the architectural design plans presented at the Special Meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council last night.

Slated to begin January 2016 with completion by May 2017, the multi-phased renovation project includes significant structural, design and technological upgrades to the interior and exterior of the 100,000-square-foot building. Key design elements will create more open, flexible meeting space and incorporate architectural nods to Winston-Salem's historic arts, tobacco and textile roots. The plans also include filling in the sunken garden, extending the front fa├žade closer to 5th Street to repurpose the area into more practical, pre-function space. More windows and skylights will be added to give the Convention Center a more contemporary, open and inviting aesthetic.

Mayor Allen Joines said that the updated convention center will be catalyst for economic growth. "The additional conventions and events that come to Winston-Salem as a result of this modernization will bring more business to area hotels and restaurants, increase visitor spending, create jobs and grow our tax base," said Mayor Joines.

"Combined with other downtown development initiatives, the Benton Convention Center renovation project enables Winston-Salem to more effectively compete for meeting and convention business," said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem.

The City of Winston-Salem along with Visit Winston-Salem, Twin City Quarter and the architectural/design firms are developing a comprehensive, multi-phased renovation program so that the Benton Convention Center remains operational during all phases of the renovation. "We will continue to work closely with our customers and clients to keep them involved and up-to-date on this important project. We value their business and are working diligently to minimize the impact of the renovation to their events," said Geiger.

"There is certain infrastructure that requires updating and renovating. Our Convention Center is that type of infrastructure. The renovation will remake a city landmark into a new venue that will attract new tourism dollars to our city and show groups and organizations that our Convention Center facilities are in line or better than other facilities in the southeast, " said Denise D. Adams, Winston-Salem City Council Member, North Ward.
About Architectural Design Associates
Architectural Design Associates, PLLC (ADA) based in Winston-Salem, will provide day-to-day project management and act as liaison between the stakeholders and the design team.  Bobby Patterson, ADA co-founder, has completed 20 projects for the City of Winston-Salem.  Working in tandem with ADA is tvsdesign, an internationally recognized architectural design firm specializing in designing world class convention centers.  The tvsdesign team is headed up by principal, Robert Svedberg, AIA director of convention center practice.  Svedberg is an award-winning architect who has led design teams for national and international convention centers including Raleigh and Charlotte.

About Visit Winston-Salem (visitwinstonsalem.com)
Visit Winston-Salem is the official sales and marketing agency for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County tourism industry. For additional information, contact Marcheta Cole Keefer, director of marketing and communications at Marcheta@visitwinstonsalem.com or phone her at 336.728.4211."

- A Press Release

SECU Features Student Art in Branches Throughout North Carolina!

"Raleigh, N.C. In 2003, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) launched a statewide artwork initiative that would provide art teachers with a community forum to feature their school’s art programs and the creative accomplishments of their students.  Twelve years later, this artwork partnership continues to delight the hearts of young students, their families and communities throughout North Carolina!

SECU branches have displayed a variety of art from participating schools ranging from pencil drawings and watercolors, to collages, clay sculptures and self-portraits.  Numerous branches across the state hold Art Gallery Days and receptions for students and their families, bringing a sense pride for students, art education leaders and local schools.

SECU’s Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard branch has a current exhibit from Central Park School for Children, which is first in the photo collage.  “The creativity is amazing!  Art really engages students, giving them an outlet to express themselves and interpret perhaps their dreams, a poem, a story or who inspires them,” said Warren Peacock, Senior Vice President of the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard branch.  “We are happy to partner with our schools to feature the beautiful artwork; SECU members really enjoy the colorful and diverse creations!”

Central Park School for Children has been a partner in the initiative for approximately five years. Elementary Art teacher Lucia Marcus commented, “State Employees’ Credit Union provides an excellent way to highlight the creative work of our students within the community.  The exposure helps us showcase one of our core beliefs – that the arts should be integrated into a child’s learning to enrich all areas of their education.  The displays are a big hit with the students, helping build their self-esteem and giving them a chance to see their accomplishments beyond the classroom walls.  We appreciate the Credit Union’s continued support!”

Peacock continued, “What started out as small project twelve years ago has developed into community recognition statewide for school art programs and teachers who encourage their students to use their imagination and skill to create such unique artwork – and they certainly deserve the spotlight.”

About SECU

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 78 years.  The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities.  SECU serves 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org."

- A Press Release

City Offers Tips on Avoiding Traffic During National Folk Festival

"GREENSBORO, NC (September 3, 2015) – Are you attending the National Folk Festival downtown Greensboro September 11-13? Want to park downtown, hop a free shuttle to the festivities or bike into the city? Visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/FolkFestivalTraffic to learn more about those options and more. The Web page also has links to the downtown street closure schedule and traffic flow diagram, as well as a full festival map.

Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, puppeteers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will appear during the National Folk Festival, with at least 30 different individuals and groups performing on seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro. The three-day festival is free to the public.

Visit the National Folk Festival’s official website for updates and information on all performers."

- A Press Release

Paid Parking Changes Now in Effect Along Commerce Street

"GREENSBORO, NC (September 1, 2015) – The City’s Transportation Department has implemented several parking changes along downtown’s Commerce Street.
First, all hourly parking along Commerce from Bellemeade Street to Friendly Avenue is now three-hour parking. The rate is 75 cents per hour.
Second, Commerce Street parking along the median between Sternberger Place and Bellemeade Street is now reserved, monthly parking. There is currently a waiting list for available spaces on this section of Commerce. For more information, call the Bellemeade Street Parking Deck at 336-373-2157.
And lastly, paid parking on Commerce Street from Sternberger Place to Market Street is now Pay-by-Plate. Individual parking meters have been removed and pay stations were installed on the median. When paying at a pay station kiosk, you will be required to enter the license plate number for your vehicle.
Parking information signs are posted in all these areas along Commerce to explain the changes.

Questions? Call the City’s Parking Enforcement office at 336-373-2648."

- A Press Release

Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina Recognizes High Point Regional Nurse Shannon Ingram

Shannon Ingram
"HIGH POINT, NC — The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina named Shannon Ingram, RN, BSN, CCRN, Unit Coordinator for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Intermediate Intensive Care Unit (IICU) at High Point Regional to its annual list of 100 North Carolina nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession.

Nurses at High Point Regional give their all day-in and day-out, going beyond the call of duty to ensure patients receive quality care. One such individual was recently recognized by the Great 100!
“I am thrilled and humbled to be recognized along with 99 other committed nurses in North Carolina,” states Shannon Ingram. “Receiving the Great 100 award is among one of the most special moments in my career to date. The Great 100 is an award of commitment and excellence and I am proud to represent High Point Regional!”
The Great 100 is an organization that honors 100 of the state’s nurses annually. The organization strives to make a positive impact on the image of nursing and the nursing profession.

Shannon has excelled in critical care nursing at High Point Regional for the past 11 years.  Her level of professionalism is exemplary, as she is an ongoing example of a nurse that brings expertise, compassion and commitment to her job each day.   

”I am so proud of Shannon for achieving this great recognition,” states Kitty Stafford, Chief Nursing Officer at High Point Regional.  “She truly is the goal standard for critical care nursing.” "

- A Press Release


"HIGH POINT, NC (Friday August 28st, 2015) The High Point Public Library at 901 North Main Street, High Point, NC, will host a concert from the Klezmetzuian Yovel Band. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 9th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm on the 1st floor of the High Point Public Library in the Story Room

Join us here at the High Point Public Library for an exciting evening of klezmer music by Klezmetzuian Yovel Band. Klezmetzuian Yovel Band is a musical group created in Bogota Columbia. They describe themselves as an innovative fusion German-Jewish-Colombian musical group. This event is free and open to the public. Klezmetzuian Yovel Band’s CD’s will be available for purchase after the event

Klezmetzuian Yovel Band is an musical group created in Bogota in 2009 with an Innovative proposal looking for fusion German Jewish music tradition and Colombian music itself, building a new fresh sound but without losing the festive intention typical of klezmer music, that taking power with Colombian rhythms and sounds. After years of building their own musical identity, Klezmetzuian Yovel Band seeks to position itself in the local and national scene, revealing a new and alternative Repertoire.

If you have any questions please contact Nic Covington at 336-883-8512 or email nick.covington@highpointnc.gov"

- A Press Release