AT&T North Carolina To Serve As Major Sponsor for National Folk Festival

Sponsorship will fund National Folk Festival artists performing in local schools in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Festival, which will take place in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015


AT&T_Donation-020Greensboro, N.C., April 14, 2015  — The National Folk Festival announced today that AT&T North Carolina will serve as the Artists-in-the-Schools Sponsor for the 2015 Festival, which will feature 300 artists on seven stages over three days in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015.

As a result of the AT&T North Carolina sponsorship, various artists will visit a number of schools in the days surrounding the National Folk Festival. In addition to performing and conducting workshops, the artists will spend time talking with the students and answering their questions.

Making the announcement today at Erwin Montessori School in Greensboro were AT&T North Carolina President Venessa Harrison; ArtsGreensboro Board Chair Florence Gatten; Honorary National Folk Festival Chair and former N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda Carlisle; and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. They were joined at the podium by Erwin Principal Dr. Deborah Parker; Erwin Art Teacher Mary Young; and Guilford County Schools Arts Education Coordinator Nathan Street.

“We are thrilled to announce that AT&T North Carolina—with its 6,900 employees across our state—is making a major commitment to the 2015 National Folk Festival,” said Carlisle. “With this investment, AT&T will enable thousands of school children to meet and enjoy performances by some of our nation’s outstanding traditional artists.”

“At AT&T, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities,” said Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina. “We are excited to be the Arts-in-the-Schools sponsor for the Festival, and appreciate the opportunity to help enrich so many students’ educational experiences through first-hand exposure to outstanding musicians and performers.”

Following the announcement, participants enjoyed a special dedication of a “Kindness” Quilt created by Elon University students for Erwin students.