Arts aficionados feel right at home in Greensboro – the variety and volume of arts venues throughout the city offer a continuous source of inspiration and entertainment.
Located on North Davie Street, the Greensboro Cultural Center houses 15 different visual and performing arts organizations, five art galleries and an outdoor amphitheater. The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art is the largest gallery on the main level of the Cultural Center, offering more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space.
"We're unique because we focus on the visual arts of North Carolina – all the artists represented have some association with our state," says Mary Pearson, marketing manager for the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. "We showcase six themed, changing exhibitions each year."
The Green Hill Center also offers educational programs, including ArtQuest, a hands-on art gallery for children and families.
"ArtQuest has interactive exhibits, like a giant loom where kids can weave, an architecture corner where they can build forts, a clay room where they can work with clay, and a room with easels where they can paint," Pearson says. "There's also a project table with a suggested activity, and facilitators are there to guide and help. Children often come into the gallery to look for inspiration and then go back and do a project in ArtQuest."
Also located in the Greensboro Cultural Center, the Guilford Native American Art Gallery showcases Native American art and artifacts. The gallery features four exhibitions per year and a gift shop selling traditional and contemporary Native American art.
"We also do an annual Powwow and Cultural Festival the third weekend in September at Greensboro Country Park," says Alicia Thomas, assistant director for the Guilford Native American Art Gallery. "Our powwow started in 1975. People can come see Indian dancers, and there are traders and Indian craftspeople selling crafts and traditional Indian food."