Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Greensboro History Museum’s 'Pieces of Now' exhibit wins national awards
0 Comments

Greensboro History Museum’s 'Pieces of Now' exhibit wins national awards

  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}
202006xx_g_nws_artwork (copy) (copy) (copy)

Miaya Johnson adds to a mural on the boarded windows of VCM Studio in Greensboro. The mural is now part of an exhibit at the Greensboro History Museum, which features more than 20 pieces of street art created as part of the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, along with photos, objects and video interviews with artists and organizers.

GREENSBORO — The Greensboro History Museum’s "Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks, Community Stories and Conversations" has been selected by the American Association for State and Local History for two awards.

The exhibit garnered an Award of Excellence plus a History in Progress Award, the city announced Wednesday.

According to the AASLH, these awards represent the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The History in Progress Award is an additional honor bestowed on an Award of Excellence winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness.

Only two or three projects receive the History in Progress distinction each year. "Pieces of Now" focuses on racial reckoning and social justice issues during a time of pandemic. It opened to the public in September 2020.

Located at 130 Summit Ave. in the downtown Greensboro's Cultural District, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Masks are required of all visitors. Admission is free. Learn more at www.greensborohistory.org.

Greensboro History Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart said in the announcement, “'Pieces of Now' was developed in response to the events of May and June 2020 and the community’s need to be heard. Museum staff began gathering stories and actively programming around our community’s response to the murder of George Floyd and continuing racial injustice. This included material culture related to the protests and large murals that went up in Greensboro."

"As we collected and talked to protesters, artists and business owners," Hart said, "it was clearly important to our African American community that they see these items on exhibit in the city’s history museum. We responded with 'Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks, Community Stories and Conversations.'”

The museum staff has worked closely with members of the community, particularly artists, in a collaborative effort to collect and document this time for future generations and provide a place for community conversation. "'Pieces of Now' is also a call to action for members of the community to add their voices and fill in the missing pieces of Greensboro’s story of the history that is happening now," Hart said.

Hart noted that, “This is a unique museum exhibition because it is in the moment, incomplete and with minimal interpretation. Visitors will largely see and hear the voices of the artists and participants. We are working with members of the community and our visitors, who are the experts of their own lives, to help us make sure we are capturing the current moment from a variety of perspectives.”

Pieces of Now remains on view until Sept. 19. More about the exhibition and a virtual tour can be found online at https://greensborohistory.org/piecesofnow.

This year, AASLH conferred 38 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States.

0 Comments

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Jun. 9—Hollywood star Jessica Chastain unveiled a trailer of the upcoming "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" movie that tells the tale of TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. The movie was filmed in Charlotte beginning in October 2019 and also stars Andrew Garfield of "Spider Man" fame. Charlotte has seen an uptick in TV and film production in recent years. The movie of Judy Blume's beloved book, "Are you ...

  • Updated

Jun. 11—LUMBERTON — Major chances are coming for the I-95 South Welcome Center located north of the border with South Carolina in southern Robeson County, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation official. But when asked, Jimmy Parrish, Rest Area Section supervisor, quickly dismissed rumors that the welcome center was to be torn down and moved to Fayetteville, and the site ...

  • Updated

Jun. 10—NASA has a problem. It wants to send humans on long-distance space missions — to Mars or beyond — but the human body does not thrive under the rigors of space. Whether it is the loss of gravity or the abundance of radiation, our bodies age quickly beyond the confines of Earth. Humans who have spent more than several weeks in orbit have lost density in their bones and skeletal muscle ...

  • Updated

Jun. 10—"Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492," the ditty goes. This weekend, visitors to the London Wharf in Wilmington will be able to see a model of the ship that got Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. The Nao Santa Maria is a 200-ton tall sailing ship and will be docked in downtown Wilmington June 10 to 13. Visitors will be able to take self-guided tours and ask crew members about ...

  • Updated

Jun. 8—The shift, mainly within younger generations, toward spirituality rather than religiosity can be seen in Fayetteville. The Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, chaplain and vice president of religious life and community engagement at Methodist University, said church research suggests a shift among younger Black Christians. The move is from being religious to being spiritual, when religion is defined ...

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alerts