Inventive Greensboro Receives Scholarship | Corporations
GREENSBORO, NC – July 22, 2021 – Creative Greensboro, the city’s arts and culture bureau, has received a $ 15,000 grant from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. The scholarship serves to finance the Creative Catalyst Fellowship and was made possible with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
Fellow Karen Archia joined Creative Greensboro as a business consultant for the Neighborhood Arts Residency Program. During her seven-month fellowship, Archia will support and advise Creative Greensboro employees and contract artists involved in the Neighborhood Arts Residency Program announced earlier this year.
The residency initiative supports local and community art experiences in the Dudley Heights, Kings Forest and Glenwood neighborhoods.
“We are excited and honored to work closely with Karen, an irrefutable artist leader in our community,” said Ryan Deal, city’s chief creative economy officer and director of Creative Greensboro. “Centering the voice of a working artist in the development and execution of our work is an important way of holding ourselves accountable for practices that support the creative community. Karen’s contributions to the team have made us better and appreciate the Kenan Institute for making this experience possible. “
These are competitive, paid scholarships that encourage artist leadership through skill building, mentoring, a community of practice, and empower creative community networks to better fill regional gaps. The grants promote systemic approaches to improving access, inclusion and equal opportunities and encompass participation and exchange across the creative sector. The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts is a catalyst promoting and supporting the research and development of new knowledge to transform the way artists, organizations and communities approach their creative challenges.
Archia is a Greensboro-based visual artist and creative director of Public Art Practice (PAP), a nonprofit project that aims to liberate, nurture, and validate the creative spirit in all people. As an artist, Archia prefers to create in “simple view” and in community to broaden the perception of public art and artists. She recently completed a six-month residency at the Center for Visual Artists and her work can be seen in the current exhibition. She previously owned and operated The People’s Perk, a coffee shop and retail store in Greensboro’s historic College Hill neighborhood, where she had her art studio. Archia also has over a decade of experience in nonprofit communications. visit karenarchia.com to view their online portfolio.
Founded in 2019, Creative Greensboro provides support, access to, and awareness of the Greensboro creative community. Creative Greensboro supports the development of a vibrant city through a range of programs, services, and partnerships. To learn more about Creative Greensboro, visit www.creativegreensboro.com.