Greensboro, North Carolina
Action Greensboro is a not-for-profit organization in the Piedmont region of North Carolina that coordinates citizen initiatives on enhancing the economy for the city of 250,000. In the past, Action Greensboro has helped make a city park part of the downtown revitalization that included public art and an outdoor theater, and commissioned two pieces of public art for a city pedestrian/bicycle trail.
In 2009, Action Greensboro teamed with the City of Greensboro on Downtown Greenway, a multi-use trail that winds through residential neighborhoods and business districts, one of the very few in the country to encircle and define its downtown. With its MICD25 grant, Action Greensboro is funding public art installations as part of a planned renovation of an abandoned railroad underpass that links an economically disadvantaged part of the city to its center by way of the Downtown Greenway. The art will include the design and fabrication of 12 decorative iron gates to be placed in existing doorways along the underpass, through which will be seen two 60-foot graphic panels depicting parts of Greensboro's history. Innovative, artistic lighting will illuminate the entire area.