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NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Project will do 4wonderful things' for W-S
NBTF Fundraising Co-Chair Nigel Alston addresses the proposed museum
announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as part of the NBTF.
Photos by Tori P. Haynesworth
Vivian Reed presents insights into "An Evening with Vivian Reed" at a press
conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as part of the NBTF.
BY TORI P. HAYNESWORTH
FOR THE CHRONICLE
At a press conference on Aug. 4 at the Marriott on
West Fifth Street downtown, the big news about the
National Black Theatre Hall of Fame and Museum was
In finally achieving the goal of making it happen,
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, along with other key officials,
have brought the late Larry Leon Hamlin's dream to a
Nigel Alston, NBTF fiindraising co-chair, gave a
brief history lesson about Mr. Hamlin's draft of having a
museum of the arts in 1999.
"This preview [museum] is just a little insight into
this big vision," said Alston.
He went on to further talk about him and Frank Elliot
discussing the beginning stages of creating that museum.
"The hall of fame is going to do wonderful things for j
Winston-Salem and our community as a whole," said
Elliot, who works for the city of Winston-Salem. "It's P
going go boost our downtown, it's going to boost our L
economy and it's going to encourage more downtown
Elliot further explained the visionary future of how
the museum will attract national media attention, as well
as being an inspiration to future generations to pave then
way into theatre.
Jim Sparrow, member of Arts Council of Winston
Salem, expressed encouragement of how the museum
and the NBTF is just the first steps of gaining more
attraction to the city itself.
"The leaders before myself and others who are sitting
up here thought big," said Sparrow. "You heard Larry's
vision, you're going to hear a lot in the next year about a
lot of other visionary people who are thinking about what
Winston-Salem could be."
Lindsey Bierman, chancellor of University of North
Carolina School of the Arts, gave the NBTF appraisal of
fulfilling performing arts and theater.
"We are all key players, in creating the vibrant,
Marvtastic cultural scene here in the city of arts and inno
"We are all key players, in
creating the vibrant,
cultural scene here in the
city of arts and innovation
-Lindsey Bierman, chancellor of University
of North Carolina School of the Arts
vation here," said Bierman.
Bierman stated the Americans for the Arts estimated
that in 2012, the Arts and Culture industry collected more
than a $112 million in household income, more than $3
million in local government revenue and $8 million in
state government revenue.
The UNCSA has been partnered with the N.C. Black
Repertory Company for 26 years in making the NBTF to
where it stands today. Bierman campaigned the UNSCA
to expand further economic development.
During the rest of the press conference, directors,
actors and actresses gave further promotions of their
shows during the week.
Sandra McClain will be playing Barbara Jordan in
"Barbara Jordan: A Rendezvous with Destiny" as she
spoke about how honored she is to play Jordan continu
ously at the festival.
Vivian Reed presented "An Evening with Vivian
Reed," where she will reveal powerful vocals and speak
of people who have made an influence on her career.
Director Woodie King promoted his production of
"Accept 'Except' LGBT NY," and Director Jackie Taylor
showcased her skills for the show of "AT LAST: A
Tribute to Etta James".
Helena Lewis, award-winning actress, poet, play
wright and director of the Midnight Poetry Jam, promot
ed the event while having two poets give a taste of what's
The New Winston Museum (which houses the
National Black Theatre Hall of Fame and Museum) is at
723 S. Marshall St. The hours are Monday through
Friday, noon to 5 pjn., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2
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