With a history of more than 50 years, the mission of ArtsGreensboro is to lead and serve its creative community as a financial resource and catalyst toward innovation, excellence, and sustainability – in order to harness the transformative power of the arts in education, bringing the community together, and making Greensboro a vibrant place to live and work.
Once based on the classic united arts fund model, ArtsGreensboro has changed and adapted in recent years. While its signature ArtsFund campaign is still the community’s largest source of annual arts grant funding, the organization has expanded its activity to include hosting the North Carolinal Folk Festival and North Carolina’s largest collaborative arts & culture festival, 17DAYS – more than 150 events across two-and-a-half weeks each fall. In addition, ArtsGreensboro also hosts an online fundraising platform, and is a major catalyst in new arts and related projects across the community.
Centrally located in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Greensboro is home to a dynamic and varied arts community, including the region’s award-winning Triad Stage, Eastern Music Festival & School, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and is home for seven colleges and universities.
The center city is experiencing a major renaissance, with the coming Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, the new downtown Greenway park system, the program-driven LeBauer Park, and a remarkable transformation of downtown – with new shops, galleries, restaurants and a myriad of street festivals and happenings.
About the North Carolina Folk Festival
September 7-9, 2018
The North Carolina Folk Festival is a free, 3-day outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Built on the legacy of the National Folk Festival, the North Carolina Folk Festival continues to build and engage new audiences to celebrate our unique American heritage, with North Carolina character.
Each September Festival weekend features musicians, dancers, storytellers, crafters, craft brew makers, savory food makers and street performers – all to bring a spectacular array of sights and sounds from across the state, the nation and the world to North Carolina. Multiple stages downtown across a half-mile radius showcase continuous musical entertainment, including blues, rockabilly, funk, gospel, klezmer, jazz, bluegrass, cowboy, polka, tamburitza, old-time, mariachi, western swing, honky-tonk, rhythm and blues, zydeco, and an all-weekend tented dance pavilion.
In addition to being both fun and inspirational, the Festival is also an economic engine, with an estimated annual economic impact of approximately $15 million