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AG Making it Work: Looking Back at 2022

ArtsGreensboro team members at the NC Folk Fest.

ArtsGreensboro Remembers 2022

ArtsGreensboro team members at the NC Folk Fest.
Left to Right: Student Ambassador Antionette Cuthbertson, Rebecca Buffington, and Chaunte Rankin.

2022 was an exciting year for ArtsGreensboro. For the past 12 months, we have advocated for the Guilford County arts sector in more ways than one. As we approach the new year, we wanted to reflect on all the highs of 2022.

As a granting agency, ArtsGreensboro works tirelessly every year to secure funding for our local artists and arts organizations. COVID-19 re-entry grants, Artist Support Grants, and Grassroots Multicultural grants were all awarded to talented individuals and organizations across the area in 2022. In June, ArtsGreensboro received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund the Community Elevation Grant. This funding was critical in expanding our grant program and supporting our local East Greensboro community. Outside our normal grant cycles, ArtsGreensboro raised emergency funds to support five local arts organizations during their times of need.

Every day at ArtsGreensboro, we strive to connect the arts with the people. We are charged with making the arts more accessible to all, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be inspired and creative. We kicked off iHeart Arts month in April with our famous public art scavenger hunt. Teams assembled across Greensboro to explore the many hidden gems in our community. In May, we commissioned a poem dedicated to the many first responders who supported Guilford County throughout the pandemic. Over 10,000 copies of the poem were distributed to our local heroes as an act of gratitude.

Behind the scenes, ArtsGreensboro wants all artists and arts organizations to grow and succeed. In January, we paid membership dues to the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium for every arts organization in Guilford County. Our flagship Shared Services program provided nine arts organizations with fiscal and HR assistance, helping these organizations stay afloat in a post-COVID economy. In preparation for each grant cycle, ArtsGreensboro staff members held group and one-on-one workshops to assist creatives with the grant writing process.

ArtsGreensboro is not just about business – we have fun too! Our staff members are excited to attend the many performances, exhibits, and festivals organized across the city every year. We’re always looking for an opportunity to set up our craft table and bring creativity to an event. Some of our favorite activities from this year include our mosaic art, fun-sized yard games, and community paintings.

One of our biggest accomplishments in 2022 was receiving $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Guilford County to support the arts sector across the county. This money was a long time coming, but we’re excited to finally be able to use it to help build a sustainable and resilient arts ecosystem.

We’re proud of everything we accomplished in 2022. Looking forward, we have another fantastic year planned. Thank you for your support and for pushing us toward another great 365 days.

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About ArtsGreensboro:

ArtsGreensboro invests in programs that provide access to the arts for all citizens, support arts integration in our schools, build capacity for our arts community, and unify the community through the power of the arts.

To support ArtsGreensboro in 2023, click here.