Durham Magazine Dec/Jan 2021

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salaries, cover equipment cost, and fund artists and online dance classes.

The American Dance Festival was awarded a South Arts Resilience Fund grant for $50,000 in October. The South Arts Resilience Fund supports arts and cultural organizations making an impact on the state, regional or national level. The grant allows organizations to position themselves for success after the pandemic and will directly supplement staff

IN OTHER NEWS WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of Western


The Duke Student Wellness Center was named a best healing space by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health’s 2020 Healthcare Design Awards in October. The center combined its medical and psychological services into one new building designed by Duda|Paine Architects.

The City of Durham held a groundbreaking ceremony for a park at 632 Hoover Rd., which will feature four grass fields, a large picnic area, playgrounds and trails. The park is expected to be completed by November 2021.

Niche released its 2021 Best School Rankings with data from more than 130,000 public, private and charter schools. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics was ranked the No. 4 Best

Public High School in America. Niche looks at factors like academics, teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and diversity.

NEW ON THE SCENE The Artisan Collective opened at Southpoint Mall in October. The group

of mostly women vendors sell a variety of handmade local and international artisan items. The store is located next to Sephora.

Governors University, signed a partnership agreement in September with Durham Tech that will aid the transition for graduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree offered by WGU. Durham Tech graduates who transfer to WGU will receive a tuition discount of 5% for up to four academic terms. Durham Tech graduates and staff can also apply for scholarships through WGU. “It’s wonderful that 89% of Durham Tech graduates stay in North Carolina and contribute to our economy,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “This new partnership will provide an option for graduates who seek to further their education through our accredited online degree programs, even if they are working full- or part-time.” 



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