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TREK Bike Raffle Winner Announced

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The winner of the TREK Bike Raffle was announced at the Action Greensboro Groundbreakers Event on March 17 at the Empire Room in Downtown Greensboro.  More than 50 people entered to win the TREK bike, donated by Greensboro's local TREK bike shop, but only one could win!  Congrats to Beth Boulton!  We can't wait to see you enjoying your bike on the Downtown Greenway!

Festival of Service

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Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 1:00–5:00 pm on the Downtown Greenway, Intersection of Eugene & Bragg Streets Greensboro Urban Ministry, in partnership with HealthServe, Greensboro College, The Downtown Greenway, and Warnersville Beautification and Historical Society, will be hosting Festival of Service on Sunday, April 3 on the Greenway.  The event will feature  local music, free food, and children's games.  We'd love to see you there!  

Downtown Greenway Phase 1A Groundbreaking Celebration and Clean Up!

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Help us break ground on the next section of the Downtown Greenway!  In conjunction with the Great American Clean Up, help us clean the area and enjoy a family friendly lunch and celebration with hot dogs, music, kids' activities, and more! Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 11:00 am–1:30 pm on the Downtown Greenway, Intersection of Spring Garden & South Edgeworth Streets (no rain date)

Wear Green for the Downtown Greenway on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Greensboro couldn't be luckier to be getting a Downtown Greenway!  We are excited to announce that construction of the next section of the Greenway will begin on March 25! Join us this St. Patrick's Day to hear an update on the construction plans PLUS ways you can get involved this year.   Thursday, March 17, 2010 5:30–7:00 pm The Empire Room 203 South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro RSVP by March 12 to Judy Morton at jmorton@actiongreensboro.org or 336.379.0821 And, if you're feeling even more lucky...we'll be raffling off a Trek 3500 Mountain Bike at the meeting on 3/17!  Greensboro Trek Bike Shop has generously donated a Trek 3500 bicylce to support the Greenway!  All raffle proceeds benefit the Downtown Greenway Endowment Fund.  Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets.  Tickets are on sale at the Greensboro Trek Bike Shop (1209 Battleground Avenue) and will also be on sale at the March 17 meeting.

Get the Scoop on the Railroad Underpass Public Art Project

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In a series of public meetings held on January 25, 2011, sculptor Jim Gallucci and lighting designer Scott Richardson presented concepts for their vision of transforming an abandoned railroad underpass sited on the Downtown Greenway between West Lee Street and Spring Garden Road into a public art space. The concept is exciting, and we can't wait to see it completed!  

Preliminary Design Proposals Community Meeting: Railroad Underpass Public Art Project

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The Downtown Greenway will host a public meeting on Tuesday, January 25 from 12:00–2:00 pm and 5:00–7:00 pm to view preliminary design proposals for the railroad underpass public art project. Join us on Tuesday at the action Greensboro offices (317 South Elm Street, Downtown Greensboro).  On-street parking is available as well as in the parking lot across the street.  Both Jim Gallucci and Scott Richardson will present and discuss their proposal for The Downtown Greenway Railroad Underpass Public Art Collaboration, a public art project that involves the creative renovation of an abandoned underpass located between Spring Garden and Lee Streets along Freeman Mill Road. Click here for more information. 

Call to Artists

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The Downtown Greenway seeks proposals for the second of 12 neighborhood benches to be commissioned for the Downtown Greenway.  The newest bench will be located in the Phase 1A section of the Greenway, which runs between West Lee and Spring Garden Streets along the east side of Freeman Mill Road in the southwest section of Downtown Greensboro.

Community Meeting: Downtown Greenway Railroad Underpass Public Art Collaboration

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Did you miss the October 27 Public Input Meeting for the Downtown Greenway Railroad Underpass Public Art Collaboration?  The public input period closed on November 5, and we are now collecting input to share with the artists so they can begin design work.  Stay tuned for more information. Community Meeting to be held October 27 to Gather Public Input for Downtown Greenway Railroad Underpass Public Art Collaboration Sculptor Jim Gallucci and Lighting Designer Scott Richardson will meet with residents to discuss this public art project funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts A $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts has made possible the creative renovation of an abandoned railroad underpass that will be a key link between the recently completed first phase of the Downtown Greenway and the next section to be constructed of the 4-mile Greenway that will eventually encircle downtown Greensboro. This artistic collaboration will include innovative lighting, sculpture, graphics, and landscaping to create a unique outdoor public art space.  You are invited to attend a community meeting on October 27, 2010 from 12:00–2:00 pm or 5:00–7:00 pm at the Carriage House at Blandwood Mansion to learn about the project and give your input to the project artists. Click here to see the meeting flyer.

Win a FREE Trek Bike & Suppport the Downtown Greenway!

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Greensboro Trek Bike Shop has generously donated a Trek 3500 bicycle to raffle off in support of the Downtown Greenway!  All raffle proceeds benefit the Downtown Greenway Endowment Fund.  Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets.  Tickets will be on sale until the Phase 1A Groundbreaking at the Greensboro Trek Bike Store located at 1209 Battleground Avenue.  The bike will be raffled off at the Downtown Greenway Phase 1A Groundbreaking this Spring.  We hope you’ll attend the Groundbreaking, but you do not have to be present to win.  Go check out their store and buy your tickets today!

Dedication of “Grounded Here”

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Artist Juan Logan will return to Greensboro for the dedication of Grounded Here, his public artwork commemorating the historically significant location of Ashe Street on Sunday, September 19, 2010, from 2:00–3:00 pm at the sculpture site, which is located in the Warnersville neighborhood along the Downtown Greenway.  The community is invited to join Juan and Warnersville residents  for a dedication ceremony and celebration with refreshments.  Funding for this Ashe Street public artwork has been made possible through a grant from American Express Corporation and an anonymous donation. Juan Logan is an internationally recognized artist from Durham, NC, and a professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  With input from the Warnersville community, Juan has created Grounded Here, in recognition of Ashe Street, which was at one time the vibrant commercial and social hub of Warnersville. Ashe Street was the first organized African-American community in the city of Greensboro, founded by ex-slaves in 1867 two years after the close of the Civil War on land deeded to them by Yardley Warner, a Quaker from Pennsylvania.  Over the years, the neighborhood flourished into a thriving community—a place where churches and schools formed its hub, and where well-established, black-owned businesses prospered.  Urban renewal programs effectively wiped out the commercial district located on Ashe Street.  With input from current residents of Warnersville, many of whom are descendents of the original settling  families, the public artwork created by Logan reflects both the unique and important history of the site. Born in 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee, Juan Logan was raised in North Carolina and is currently a professor in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has shown extensively both nationally and internationally, and his work is included in numerous public, corporate, and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Memphis Brooks Museum, the Zimmerli Museum of Art, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.  The thought-provoking imagery of Juan Logan often deals with the many layers of the African-American experience.  His work asks us to look closely, to go beyond the surface, and to, as one art historian put it, “reveal what we avoid when we blink.” Although born in the South, Logan’s artwork address subjects relevant to the American experience as a whole.  At once abstract and representational, his paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and videos address the interconnections of race, place, and power, as well as his ability to tell powerful visual stories in a variety of mediums. He is truly an artist whose vision is uniquely appropriate for this Ashe Street project. From its earliest planning stages, Greenway coordinators determined that visually appealing public art of various types and scale would be an important feature of the Greenway.  Upon its completion the Greenway will wind its way through several neighborhoods, each with its own unique history and story to tell.  Public art—paid for through a combination of grants, private donations, and corporate funding—will be scattered along the Greenway, and will help tell the story of these neighborhoods and our city.  As the Greenway travels through distinct neighborhoods, historic sites such as Ashe Street have been identified, and an artist chosen specifically for the commission. The artist will meet with neighborhood residents to gain a full understanding of the significance of each site before beginning creative work.  Juan Logan’s piece is one of the first installations of public art commissioned to commemorate a designated area of historic significance along the Greenway.  In addition, functional site pieces such as bike racks and signage, will be designed to make them both useful and visually appealing.  The installation of four major, large-scale public artworks, along with historically significant, site-specific artwork and site pieces that are both artistic and functional, will enhance the visual quality and beauty of both the Greenway and Greensboro itself.