Gifts from local businessman and philanthropist Ben C. Sutton Jr. and the Twin City Garden Club will allow the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to move forward with one component of its campus master plan: creating an Arts Walk that will connect the campus with the Strollway and Salem Lake Greenways, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman announced.

Sutton donated $40,000 for the university to purchase a piece of land at the intersection of South Main Street and Waughtown Street, on the northern edge of the campus. Called “the Point” for its triangular shape, the site recently hosted the Winston-Salem Light Project. UNCSA consulted with Roots First Design based in Winston-Salem and Asheville to design the northernmost portion of the Arts Walk on the land purchased with Sutton’s gift.

The land will be the starting point of a landscaped path that will connect the Strollway to the UNCSA campus, eventually extending through the heart of campus.  Landscaping could begin in Fall 2019.

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Originally published May 28, 2019.