GREENSBORO — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $75,000 grant to Action Greensboro to use for public art along the Downtown Greenway.

The grant was among 1,114 awards totaling $80.4 million for projects in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and four U.S. jurisdictions.

Action Greensboro, an arm of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, has joined forces with the city to create a 4-mile recreational path, lined with landscaping and public art, to encircle center city.

The $36 million greenway project, financed with public and private funds, is expected to be completed in 2020.

The $75,000 grant will go toward a large-scale work created by Raleigh-based artist Thomas Sayre, known for his monumental sculptures made in and of the earth.

Sayre will collaborate with the community and the city’s Water Resources Department to design what will be a hidden urban forest.

Plans call for the project to be on property bounded by West Friendly and Guilford avenues. It will be located along the greenway section that runs from Morehead Park on Spring Garden Street to the Meeting Place cornerstone — an area created for people to congregate — on West Smith Street.

The grant was among 16 totaling $1.3 million awarded in North Carolina.

Other Triad recipients include:

  • $50,000 for the N.C. Black Repertory Company to support the biennial National Black Theatre Festival.
  • $50,000 to the UNC School of the Arts for development of a cultural master plan for the historic Happy Hill neighborhood of Winston-Salem.
  • $15,000 to the Blue Ride Parkway Foundation’s Blue Ridge Music Center for concerts and workshops.

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

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