Gridiron Battle Kicks Off Second Year of Guilford Cup

"Employees and elected officials representing the City of Greensboro and Guilford County will meet at 11 am Sat., Oct. 17 at Jaycee Park, 3802 Jaycee Park Dr., for the second annual Guilford Cup football game. The gridiron meeting will be the first of multiple sporting events between the two government entities in the battle for the 2015-16 Guilford Cup.

During the inaugural year of competition between the City and County in 2014-15, the City scored victories in all three competitions – besting the County in football, 18-12, in basketball, 72-58, and in softball, 19-11. This year’s football game will also serve as a collection point for food to be distributed through the United Way. In lieu of paid admission, spectators are asked to bring two nonperishable or canned food items.

Greensboro City Councilman Jamal Fox and Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp developed the idea of bringing representatives from the two organizations together on the athletic field. “This is a way of breaking down the walls and barriers, perceived or real, that exist between the two governments,” says Fox. “It’s also a fun way to network, provide some excitement for employees, and gives residents a chance to cheer on their governmental leaders.”

“Sports have a way of bringing people together and that’s what the Guilford Cup idea is really about, finding some common ground and spending time with one another,” says Trapp. “I believe that the fellowship we have on the playing field will translate into the workplace. A good-natured rivalry may lead to stronger working ties which will benefit our community in numerous ways.”

More information about the Guilford Cup is online at"

- A Press Release

Works by Diggs Gallery Director and Artist Featured in New York Times and Huffington Post

CreditEndia Beal
"The work of Endia Beal, interim director of Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and highly acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist, was recently the subject of New York Times and Huffington Post articlesfor her bold photo series titled “Am I What You’re Look For. ”
In her work, Beal uses photography and video to tell the often- untold stories of race and diversity in the corporate setting. She uses portraits of African-American women in office settings, their words, and videos to illustrate what women of color are thinking in this setting and what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

In the articles, she is asked a series of questions about what inspired her work; how she identified the women she worked with; if she identified with those women; as well as questions about how she got into photography.

Of the latter, Beal says in part “When I was in high school, my first love was shot and killed. I found art as a vehicle to deal with it. At that time, I just wanted to be alone. Through art I found a voice. I realized that his death was tragic, but what was even more tragic was how he was painted in the media as this kind of thug, as a criminal, but he was really in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a poet, he was an artist, he was a lover of music. I realized that the people that I loved around me were dying senselessly, and their personal stories weren’t being told.”


Call to arrange a visit to Diggs Gallery located in O’Kelly Library on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. The number is 336-750-2458."

- A Press Release

ArtsGreensboro Invites Arts Organizations To Submit Letters of Interest For Arts Innovation Grants

Supported by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the pilot Arts Innovation grant program will aid not-for-profit arts groups in engaging new audiences

"ArtsGreensboro is inviting Greensboro-based not-for-profit arts organizations to submit letters of interest for funding through its pilot Arts Innovation grants program. Supported by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Innovation grants will enable organizations to undertake innovative approaches to engaging new audiences, with the ultimate goal of enhancing revenues through sustainable audience growth.

The Arts Innovation program is different from ArtsGreensboro’s four regular grant programs—Mission Support, Project Support, Teacher Art Grants, and Regional Artist Grants. The Arts Innovation program recognizes Greensboro’s changing arts environment; going forward, successful organizations will not only provide outstanding programming, but also develop nimble and innovative business models. The program encourages arts organizations to try bold ideas and collaborations that they could not do otherwise. Projects must be consistent with ArtsGreensboro’s strategic priorities of promoting arts education, celebrating the rich diversity of our community, and supporting economic development.

“We are delighted that the Bryan Foundation and the NEA recognize the importance of energizing arts participation across our community by helping arts organizations channel their creativity into building new audiences,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “The Arts Innovation grants program will allow local organizations to experiment—to try things they’ve wanted to do for years.”

The pilot program includes $50,000 to fund a variety of projects conducted through June 30, 2016, with grants ranging between $5,000 and $10,000; funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the organizations receiving grants. Funded organizations will provide a post-grant report accounting for use of funds and demonstrating defined and measurable outcomes including audience demographics, impact of project on audience size, earned income, and an overall analysis of the project’s success.
Not-for-profit arts organizations in Greater Greensboro with annual operating budgets over $50,000 may submit letters of interest to ArtsGreensboro outlining the project and how it will engage new audiences; impact the community; build a stronger, sustainable operating model; and address the increasingly competitive arts environment.

While there is no deadline for submitting letters of interest, projects will be evaluated and funded as requests are received; therefore, ArtsGreensboro encourages organizations to submit letters of interest as quickly as possible. Upon evaluation, organizations may be invited to submit a full proposal and budget. The ArtsGreensboro Arts Innovation Grants Committee will make funding decisions.

Before submitting letters of interest, organizations are urged to discuss their project ideas with ArtsGreensboro Development Director Chip Berry at 336-373-7523, x243 to ensure that projects meet program criteria. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis until the grant pool is expended.
Letters of interest should be mailed to ArtsGreensboro, P.O. Box 877, Greensboro, NC 27401, or e-mailed to Development Director Chip Berry at

About ArtsGreensboro

With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, I HEART ARTS Month, and other opportunities including the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving 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."

- A Press Release


"A bluegrass legend will share the stage with a musical prodigy for the 7th annual Piedmont Land Conservancy LandJam 2015, October 16th at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.  Proceeds from the event will benefit PLC’s land conservation efforts in the North Carolina Piedmont. This year marks the organization 25th year, with over 22,000 acres protected during that time.
The world renowned David Grisman Bluegrass Experience will be joined for the event by one of the fastest rising stars in bluegrass, Sierra Hull.While having played piano, saxophone, and mandolin since being a teenager, David Grisman joined his first bluegrass band while attending college in 1963. His progressive and jazz influenced mandolin style landed him spots in many legendary bands, including Red Allen’s Kentuckians, Earth Opera, Great American String Band, and as a founding member of Old and In The Way – an infamous collaboration with Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Because he couldn't think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz, Grisman offhandedly decided to call it "Dawg music" -- a name which stuck. Sierra Hull started playing mandolin at an even earlier age than Grisman. Given her first mandolin at age 8, by the time she was 11 Hull was invited by Allison Krauss to play the Grand Ole Opry. She signed a record deal by age 14, and cut her first solo record release at 16. After playing for several years in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Prairie Home Companion, and even the White House, Hull accepted Berklee’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first ever for a bluegrass musician. Since that time, Hull has racked up a number of albums, collaborations, and compilations with some of the world’s most notable musicians. Both Grisman and Hull will be joined on stage by their own bands for LandJam 2015. “We look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary celebration with these two virtuoso mandolin players,” explains Kevin Redding, Executive Director of the PLC, “ but keep in mind that each of their band members are fantastic musicians in their own right. These guys surround themselves with great talent, so there is sure to be something for everyone.”
All proceeds from the LandJam 2015 will go to benefit Piedmont Land Conservancy in securing and protecting more natural heritage in the Piedmont area. The concert will be held at 8:00 on Fri., Oct. 16, at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. Tickets are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, 336-333-2605. For more information on the event, visit the event web site at

Piedmont Land Conservancy is a tax-exempt non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to preserving natural and scenic lands, farms and open spaces in Piedmont North Carolina. The Conservancy is the only local land trust serving nine northern Piedmont counties – Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. PLC is an Accredited member of the Land Trust Alliance and North Carolina’s– the Land Trust Council. For more information on Piedmont Land Conservancy, visit

Signature Chefs Auction Brings Greensboro’s Top Restaurants Together for Babies

"The Greensboro Signature Chefs Auction will be held today - Thurs., Oct. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at the Empire Room in downtown Greensboro. Event guests will sample delectable dishes from premier area chefs while bidding on unique and tempting auction packages; some of which will even feature the talents of the incredible signature chefs. The evening of giving benefits the March of Dimes, dedicated to bringing healthy babies to families everywhere.

Major sponsors for the event include, Clapp Foundation, Haeco Americas, United HealthCare and CenterPointe.   

Restaurants showcased at event: B. Christopher’s, Gia, Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, LaRue, Mark’s Restaurant, Painted Plate, Sedgefield Country Club- A McConnell Golf Property, Southern Lights Bistro, Starmount Country Club and Undercurrent.

Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and developing prevention strategies.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter."

- A Press Release


"The Carolina Theatre announced today that North Carolina-bred, New York-based artist, Becca Stevens, will perform in the Crown at the Carolina on Thurs., Oct. 15. Becca Stevens is one of the most talented young artists in any genre – the New York Times says she is “a vocalist and guitarist who balances deep melody against lyrical caprice.”

For all of us in North Carolina, one of the most exciting parts of her story is her upbringing and Old North State influence. The daughter of a composer/multi-instrumentalist father and an operatically trained singer mother, she was born to the sound of her dad playing an Irish fiddle tune in the delivery room. She was just two years old when she began singing in her family’s band, the Tune Mammals. Growing up in Winston-Salem, NC, she spent much of her childhood on stage, singing, acting and dancing, including a yearlong tour in the lead role of The Secret Garden when she was ten.

In her teens, Becca studied classical guitar, and maintained an affinity for her home state’s Appalachian folk music traditions, while also developing her voice singing jazz standards with her peers and mentors in local clubs. After graduating from the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in classical guitar, she moved to New York to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.  It was there that she received a BFA with high honors in vocal jazz and composition, and where she met the musicians with whom she formed the Becca Stevens Band.

The new Becca Stevens Band album Perfect Animal, released in April of 2015 on Universal Music Classics, has been receiving a loud chorus of praise from critics, been featured in two national NPR segments and ended up on two Billboard charts (#24 on Heatseekers, #22 on Folk). With this album, she has sharpened her voice as a songwriter and bandleader. Stevens filters her myriad influences (indie rock, R&B, jazz, West African music, Appalachian folk) into a singular, electrifying sound on Perfect Animal. The album is produced by “recordist” Scott Solter (St. Vincent, Mountain Goats, Spoon) and mixed by Matt Pence (Midlake, Yuck, Here We Go Magic). Solter helped the band capture the energy they bring to live shows as well as a musical weight and intensity that had always bubbled under the surface.

2015 has been a monumental year for the Becca Stevens Band. The release of Perfect Animal was followed by extensive North American tour throughout the spring and summer. Late this month the band heads to Europe for eight dates, highlighted by a performance at the Barcelona Jazz Festival.

The Becca Stevens Band is Becca Stevens (vocals, guitars, ukulele, charango), Liam Robinson (keyboards, accordion, vocals), Chris Tordini (upright and electric bass, vocals) and Jordan Perlson (drums and percussion).

Watch an EPK on the making of Perfect Animal here:

“Becca is one of the best musicians I know. She’s a great songwriter…it’s like listening to Stereolab. The vocals are straight and clean yet also have a modern vibe. I think Becca is destined for greatness.” - José James

“[‘Imperfect Animals’ is] an intimate rumination on our inability to be everything to everyone, all the time...the song’s jagged edges — low, scratchy guitars, jerky time signatures — complement the complicated ideals and realities she’s grappling with.”- Wondering Sound

“Brilliant, catchy originals.”- Downbeat

“Her songwriting, voice, and lyrics are like a cool bubbling brook freshening the brine of all the music you’ve ever heard.” - Esperanza Spalding

“She’s someone who everybody, in my generation at least, looks up to. She’s really a genius — I don’t like using that word too much, she really has tapped into something in a deep way.”- Ambrose Akinmusire

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The Crown is the Carolina Theatre’s newest performance space. For decades the room served as the Theatre’s original sign shop, churning out iconic posters and advertisements for movies, vaudeville, and early touring shows. Later the third floor room became a forgotten equipment and tool storage space, lying in wait for future generations of performing artists. In 2013 the Theatre finished the first phase of renovation, opening the beautiful, high-tech black-box style performance space as The Crown. Today the room is celebrated for its delicate acoustics, inviting ambiance, intimate setting, and accessibility to the Triad’s performing arts community. Warm, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and huge lead-paned windows bring the room its natural, historical, “up-cycled” cool factor. The Crown at the Carolina is used for theatre, live music, spoken word, dance, weddings and private events."

- A Press Release


Greensboro Coliseum Complex to
Host Trials February 4-7, 2016

"USA Table Tennis (USATT) announced today that the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC has been selected as the host site for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Table Tennis. The Trials will take place from Thurs.y, Feb. 4 through Sun., Feb. 7.

The Canton Civic Center (Canton, OH), in partnership with Visit Canton, was the other finalist in the bid process.

“We are very excited to be partnering with such an outstanding facility and a world-class organizing committee,” commented USATT CEO Gordon Kaye. “There were a number of very competitive bids and very compelling opportunities, including an outstanding bid from the team in Canton, OH. In the end, we felt that the bid from Greensboro gave our organization and our athletes the best opportunity to showcase our great sport to the widest audience possible.”

The bid committee for Greensboro is a collaborative partnership among the Greensboro Coliseum Complex; the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau; the Greensboro Sports Commission; and the Triangle Sports Commission, a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Community Partner Program.

“We are delighted that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Table Tennis are returning to North Carolina in 2016,” said Hill Carrow, Chairman of the NC Bid Committee. “We, at the Triangle Sport Commission had a great experience hosting the 2012 Trials in Cary. To support USA Table Tennis’ vision of an expanded and enhanced Trials experience for the athletes, we are fortunate to partner with the sports leadership team in Greensboro to help take the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Table Tennis to a whole new level. We are excited to be a part of the Road to Rio and are looking forward to serving as the starting point for the success of our country’s table tennis athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”

About USA Table Tennis

USA Table Tennis is organized under the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis in the United States. As a  member service organization it promotes table tennis by creating opportunities for athletes and coaches of all backgrounds to participate in the sport through more than 250 clubs and over 350 tournaments across the nation annually. USA Table Tennis is a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Pan American and Olympic Games. For more information on USA Table Tennis visit

About the Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Hosting more than 1,100 events on an annual basis, the eight-venue Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of the most actively booked facilities in the country. With its incredible versatility, the Complex has gained worldwide acclaim from promoters, producers, event planners and patrons. The 2016 US Olympic Table Tennis Trials will be held in the Complex’s Special Events Center, a 167,000-square-foot venue that includes three exhibition halls, a 5,000-seat mini-arena and nine meeting rooms. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex also includes the 22,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum which has a long and distinguished history of hosting NCAA and ACC basketball championships, as well as the Greensboro Aquatic Center, ACC Hall of Champions, White Oak Amphitheatre and Pavilion. For more information on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, visit"

- A Press Release

Community Awards Given at 130th Winston-Salem Chamber Annual Meeting

"The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce held its 130th Annual Meeting on Oct. 7 at the Benton Convention Center. Two community awards were given during the event.

L-R - Ben Tennill & Jimmy Flythe
The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award was given to Ben and Marty Tennille with H.O.P.E, Help Our People Eat. The work that Ben and Marty do serves to unite the community by working towards eliminating “food deserts”, which are areas in our community that lack fresh fruits and vegetables because of limited availability, transportation or funds. The mission of H.O.P.E is also to eliminate childhood hunger. These volunteers are combating obesity by changing the food habits that in the long run will decrease medical costs while increasing learning.  

The Truliant Small Business Award was presented by Truliant Federal Credit Union. The recipient of this award was Vela Strategic Marketing & Communications. Vela Strategic Marketing & Communications is a marketing and public relations firm that has provided strategic guidance, advertising campaigns, digital and social media assets and campaigns, professional copywriting and creative design in the Winston-Salem area for over 6 years.

L-R - Todd Hall, Vela Strategic Marketing & Communication.
Additional finalists for the Truliant Small Business Award were: Alliance Insurance Services, DAVENPORT, Elephant in the Room, McCalls and PhoneTree.

Held in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Embassy Suites, the Annual Meeting was sponsored by Cook Medical, Duke Energy, Truliant Federal Credit Union and North State. Over 600 business leaders were in attendance at today’s event. It is the only meeting in the community that gathers CEOs and high-level corporate executives to discuss the Chamber’s key accomplishments for 2015.

About the Chamber

The Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organization in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, representing nearly 1,800 area businesses that are committed to increased economic development in the region. The Chamber is dedicated to establishing Winston-Salem as a technology-driven economic center, and provides services to strengthen existing businesses, support entrepreneurs, and encourage small business creation. The Chamber supports public school student achievement, workforce, and higher education development."

- A Press Release