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Wayne, A “SmART” Community 2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
Through its strong emphasis on the arts and a positive relationship with the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation and city government, Wayne County has been chosen as a SmART Community.

In early 2015, the North Carolina Arts Council selected Goldsboro to be a SmART Initiative community. The SmART Initiative provides resources to cities and towns, with a demonstrated partnership between the local arts council and local government to produce transformative arts-driven economic development projects.

There are five SmART communities in North Carolina. A community must have a strong arts council that has demonstrated a close relationship with its local downtown development and city government.

With funds from the AJ Fletcher Foundation, the program provides the Arts Council of Wayne County (ACWC) with $30,000 per year for up to five years. The North Carolina Arts Council working with the Arts Council of Wayne County, Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation, and the City of Goldsboro identified a local resource team consisting of community leaders, downtown business owners, and local artists to begin working on the first phase of the initiative the creation of an Art Vision Plan and put out a national call for artists to submit their qualifications.

Out of dozens of submissions, the team narrowed the field down to three artists. In July, the artists came to Goldsboro for interviews. The team selected Walter Hood for the Art Vision Plan project.