GREENSBORO — Cone Health and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Public Art Endowment have commissioned an iconic piece of art. A budget of $300,000 is available for the work which is planned to go in a large circular area between the Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center and the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital, hospital officials said in a news release.
Cone Health Philanthropy will provide $225,000 of the budget, while the Public Art endowment will contribute $75,000. the release said.
The two entities are seeking an artist to create a work that is site-specific, thought-provoking, hope-filled and visually engaging. It must connect with visitors and patients. In recent years, Cone Health has put emphasis on placing works of art in its buildings, and the PAE has been changing Greensboro’s public landscape with art projects since 2008, the release said.
“We are so pleased with the relationship we have with Cone Health and their willingness to partner with us on this exciting new project,” said Walker Sanders, CFGG’s president. “Our expectation is that this will be an outstanding piece of art for the entire community to enjoy.”
Moses Cone Hospital President Preston Hammock said, “Health care is a journey for our patients that involves a variety of experiences, emotions and outcomes. Art can play a vital role in that journey, providing inspiration, hope and compassion during some of the most important moments in our patients’ lives.’’
The commissioning of this piece will begin via a formal request for qualifications and include visits, interviews and presentations by a select number of artists.
Community members who are not artistic types can also get involved. Cone Health and PAE are beginning a fundraising campaign to help pay for the art. Contact Cone Health Philanthropy Officer Ruth Heyd at email@example.com to learn more about joining the initiative, which has set a goal to have the art in place by the end of 2022, the release said.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is a charitable organization that inspires giving, maximizes opportunities and strengthens communities for present and future generations. With assets of over $295 million and approximately 700 charitable funds under management, it promotes philanthropy by addressing emerging community issues, managing permanent endowments, and working with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and nonprofit organizations in achieving their charitable objectives. In 2020, it received $85.7million in contributions and granted $35.3 million.
The mission of The Public Art Endowment is to help preserve and expand Greensboro’s sense of community by making possible the long-term and permanent placements of significant public artworks throughout the city. The endowment is a permanent fund supported solely by private support and is the only fund of its kind in the area. Stewardship for The Public Art Endowment is provided by Trustees who are passionate enthusiasts for the arts and for Greensboro, the release said. For more information visit: www.CFGG.org