Greensboro, NC – Officials will flip the switch on a new stained glass installation on the exterior of the Van Dyke Performance Space at 6:45 PM on October 19. The Van Dyke Performance Space is located at the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie in Greensboro. The event, part of the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, is free and open to the public. The windows will be illuminated at dusk every night following the ceremony. The piece is entitled “De Dans” and was a joint project of the Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the City of Greensboro.

Photo of Carl Powell

Carl Powell works on a section of De Dans in his Asheville Studio

“The City is excited to partner with the Public Art Endowment on this project. The Greensboro Cultural Center is our hub of arts and culture, and these stunning stained-glass pieces celebrate the importance of both visual and performing arts here in the heart of downtown. We are grateful for the Community Foundation’s effort to beautify this important City building,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

The work was created by Asheville artist Carl Powell. The name is a nod to the Dutch heritage of the building’s namesake Jan Van Dyke, and the building’s design as a dance venue. Powell was inspired by both the facility’s purpose and its surroundings.

“I tried to convey the joy of dance and my interpretation of movement and color that will hopefully relate to the space and to the wonderful park that is outside,” he said.

Powell is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship winner. His works have been exhibited in the Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review and Americans in Glass, a three-year exhibition traveling to major museums. Among his major commissions are The Clock Tower in San Francisco; the Performing Arts Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska; the city of Atlanta; and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.


NOTES TO EDITOR: To pre-tape B-roll of the windows illuminated, please contact CFGG’s public art consultant Cheryl Stewart at or 336-601-2062. PLEASE EMBARGO the illuminated windows until after the ceremony.
Artist Carl Powell will not be at the ceremony. To arrange a phone interview, contact him at 828-255-8003 or Photos of the work and other pertinent graphics are available here.

About The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening the community for present and future generations. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

About The Public Art Endowment
The Public Art Endowment is a permanent fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Its purpose 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.