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The interior and exterior painting of the Delta Arts Center was made possible by
a generous gift from James Watson, proprietor of 360" Painting of the Triad,
Face-painting was available as part of Delta Arts Center's Community Day on
Saturday, April If.
Delta Arts Center hosts community
day, shows off improvements -
BY CHANEL DAVIS
The Delta Arts Center threw a party to
show off its new look. The nonprofit held
a Community Day on Saturday, April 11,
where residents were able to check out the
center's new look while participating in
fun, food and fellowship.
"It was timely because it represents a
year for us under new leadership," said
Nadiyah Quander, executive director at the
center. "We are opening it back up to the
community and we are hoping that the
improvements at Delta echo the improve
ments for the entire community. It's a spe
cial place and its back to looking very spe
cial. That's very exciting."
The event included live music, local
vendors, a raffle and arts and crafts for
families in attendance. The new paint also
marked the agency's 10th year at its cur
rent location at 2611 New Walkertown
The agency is a funded partner of the
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts
Council. It also receives support from the
North Carolina Arts Council Department
of Cultural Resources.
The nonprofit has been going strong
for 42 years and is designed to "enrich the
lives of neighborhood and area residents
by stimulating interest throughout the
entire community in American arts and
humanities, with emphasis on the contribu
tions of African-Americans; to increase
awareness and knowledge of the contribu
tions of African-Americans to the arts and
humanities in America and build pride in
these contributions; to encourage individ
ual creativity; and to provide quality cul
tural and educational programming for the
The facility upgrades were made possi
ble by Mr. James Watson, who donated all
the time and materials needed for the proj
ect. Watson is the franchisee of 360
Painting Company and offered to paint the
interior and exterior of the building.
"A business approached us and asked if
we would be interested in a in-kind paint
job," she said. "Mr. Watson has been paint
ing for years but he just purchased a fran
chise. They did an awesome job."
Quander said that the partnership is a
good example of how a nonprofit and
small business can team up to assist their
"We were really in need and didn't
know how we were going to meet that
need. It was just the perfect partnership for
a small business," she said. "It lets people
know that if they have a small business and
a set of skills, and you see a need in your
community, just use them."
She hopes that the new facelift will
continue through the surrounding commu
"It's exciting to think that there's a Fine
arts gallery right in the middle of the com
munity. There is so much infrastructure in
the community that has fallen to the way
side," Quander said. "We can revitalize it,
we can bring things back to life and make
them gathering centers and places to cele
Cheryl Watson, who was visiting from
Indiana, called the event lots of fun and
said that she was looking forward to going
in and checking out the quilt display.
"There are a lot of activities for the
kids and great food," Watson said. "I think
it's great to, have this here. Arts is very
important. It helps educate and well-round
For your information
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Center
2611 New Walkertown Road
Email: delta2611 @bellsouth.net
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m .to 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "closed every
third Saturday ot the month
The facility is available to rent.
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