Winter Series Art Exhibit at Central Library

In 2008, the Homeless Prevention Coalition of Guilford County released totals from their annual “Point in Time” count of the homeless. Guilford County had a total of 981 persons counted. That total was down from 2007’s count which showed a total of 1014, but numbers are expected to be higher for the 2009 count due to the economy and current housing troubles.

For several years, the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library has worked with a program to help come to the aid of the homeless and hungry in Greensboro. The program is called Food Not Bombs, and according to their website, “was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to nonviolent social change. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegetarian meals that are served in outside in public spaces to anyone without restriction.” Each Monday night, folks gather outside the Central Library on Church St., or inside if the weather is bad, and are served meals.

In order to better serve this community, a dialog began with library staff members and the homeless and in 2007 the Winter Series started. This program gave these patrons a chance to let staff know what their needs are. As a result, on Monday nights, along with the meals, there have been movie nights, meetings with local government officials, health screenings, and most importantly, understanding.

The Central Library is currently featuring an art exhibit with pieces by some members of the local homeless community. Paintings, jewelry, poetry, walking sticks, and drawings are on display at the Central Library at 219 N. Church St. The display will remain up through the month of March. Please check out http://winterseries.wetpaint.com/for a full account of the past Winter Series. For more information contact Jennifer Worrells at Jennifer.worrells@greensboro-nc.gov.

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One Response

  1. Great post Emily!

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