Driving Neighborhood Impact: The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro Celebrates the Warnersville Community and 2024 Community Elevation Grantees

Greensboro, NC – June 13, 2024 – The Community Elevation Grant (CEG) supports artistic projects in East Greensboro that honor and elevate the interwoven relationships, history and creative pulse of the community with those who directly benefit. The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro is excited to share and celebrate the completed projects of the 2024 Community Elevation Grant (CEG) Program, working with the Warnersville neighborhood, North Carolina’s First Heritage Community.

The CEG projects undertaken this year by arts non-profits, partnering with Warnersville residents, have centered around community engagement, sustainable impact, and historical preservation. Recognizing the importance of honoring neighborhood roots, they link the community’s rich past with its present. 2024 grantee projects include:

  • African American Atelier: The Artistic Roots program includes workshops, community art projects, and mentorship, inspiring local children and highlighting the role of art in community building.
  • Creative Aging Network-NC: The Heritage Cookbook project celebrates the culinary traditions of Warnersville’s families.
  • Gant School of Music: An ensemble of young musicians from Warnersville has been formed, featuring a drumline performance.
  • Shared Radiance: Efforts to capture and preserve the oral histories and memories of Warnersville’s residents through film to ensure that their stories will be remembered.
  • TAB Arts Center: An ancestral garden and a commemorative sculpture project are underway, fostering a space of reflection and pride.
Jocelyn Brown, President of the African American Atelier, a Community Elevation Grantee, shares how the opportunity provided by the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Community Elevation Program to connect local arts nonprofits with the Warnersville community has had a profound impact.

“Seeing the children come together to create a mural while learning about the local artists from their community has been incredibly inspiring”, says Brown. “It highlights the power that art has to bring people together and create positive change within our community”.

Warnersville’s history began in 1865 when Pennsylvania Quaker Yardley Warner purchased a 35-acre plot and sold it to freed slaves, creating North Carolina’s first planned neighborhood. Through the decades, Warnersville has seen significant changes, from the Great Migration in the 1920s and ’30s to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, with local heroes like Jibreel Khazan, one of the Greensboro Four, emerging from its ranks.

Regina Glaspie of the Greensboro Police Department Core Connection Team describes working with Warnersville through the CEG program.

“The Warnersville community has a rich history that the younger generation doesn't know, but now they can learn about the past while living in the future”, Glapsie says. “The Warnersville community is an example of a new village where everyone supports everyone.”

James Griffin, founder of the Warnersville Historical and Beautification Society, expresses the impact of the CEG program.

“We are extremely pleased to receive the Community Elevation Grant from The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. This grant has made it possible to assist the community in all age groups. As we prepare for the 160th anniversary of the founding of Warnersville, these programs offered by the arts nonprofits through The ACGG will have a tremendous impact on our celebration and neighborhood for years to come”.

The Community Elevation Grant program is founded on partnership and is made possible by the generous support of donors.

  • Cone Health Charitable Trust
  • Cone Health Foundation
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
  • Mary Lynn Richardson Fund
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Truist Foundation
  • VF Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

To learn more about the Community Elevation Grant Program and find out how you can support future initiatives, visit theacgg.org. For inquiries about the program, please contact Deb Ruffino, Grants Coordinator, at druffino@theacgg.org.

About The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (The ACGG)

The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro is dedicated to fostering creativity and enriching the cultural lives of all residents. The ACGG strives to support, promote, and elevate local arts and cultural organizations, making a lasting impact in the community.