African American Atelier | Shari Clemons, Interim Director

Center for Visual Artists | Dara Nix Stevenson, Ph. D, Board Member

Dara Nix-Stevenson Profile PictureDr. Dara Nix-Stevenson is a Teacher-Scholar-Activist who has taught High School Biology and Environmental Science since 1998 at various public and private schools in the South. As an independent community-engaged interdisciplinary scholar, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with concentrations in Social and Cultural Foundations and Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and her B.S. in Biology from Bennett College. During her years of science teaching, community engagement and activism, she has been involved in multiple projects for change at the grassroots level utilizing critical pedagogy, principles of environmental justice, coalitional engagement, environmental literacy, and media literacy. Her writing and research interests reflect stories of identity, transnational community formation, migration, autonomy and resistance. Primarily interested in environmental justice, race and displacement, racial justice, and feminism, she blogs as Sincecombahee. Currently, she is a member of the Education Advisory Committee and Board of Directors of the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC, a visual art non-profit with a mission of supporting artists of all ages through education programming, exhibition opportunities, and community outreach.


Greenhill | Laura Way, Executive Director + CEO

First Friday_August 2014Ms. Way is responsible for Greenhill, including its financial well being, leadership and development of staff. Laura, formally director of operations and finance at Penland School of Crafts and vice president of advancement at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, brings over 17 years of financial, operational, development and programmatic experience to her role as executive director. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from LeMoyne College and an MBA, with concentration in Accounting from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. She has been at Greenhill since October 2009. Since moving to Greensboro, Laura has become actively engaged in the community through her involvement in the Greensboro Public Art Endowment, Greensboro Performing Art Center Task Force and as board member for the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association. She is also on the steering committee for 12th Congressional District Arts Competition and has served as a juror for various art events.

Guilford Native American Art Gallery | Ruth Revel, Founding Director


NCCJ | Ivan Canada, Executive Director

Ivan CanadaIvan Canada is currently serving as Executive Director at the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad. NCCJ is a human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through advocacy, education and dialogue. NCCJ also works to build compassionate and just communities free of bias, bigotry and racism.

Prior to joining the NCCJ staff, he worked with Guilford Green Foundation (a local LGBTQ Community Foundation headquartered in Greensboro, NC) as Executive Director and Director of Special Projects.

Ivan is a leader in the Triad community, and has been awarded the Triad Business Journal’s “Forty Leaders Under 40 Award”, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Change Agent Award” and was recently recognized by Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP). He currently is serving on the National Board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) as Secretary, a community board member of the S.J. Edwards Foundation, a local family foundation, and a member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Board of Visitors, and has served on numerous other boards and committees over the past ten years.

Canada is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism and Mass Communication.

Funding Partners

SJ Edwards Foundations


Joseph M. Bryan/ArtsGreensboro

Site Partner

Greensboro College