The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) building may be closed until January 2010 for renovations, but their staff has been busy in 2009 with their groundbreaking Inside/Out public art program. According to the project site, artists have been invited to “visit Winston-Salem to install his/her respective project, conduct an artist talk, lead classes and/or workshops, and interact with the local community.”

Kianga Ford spent six months in Winston-Salem talking to our community, researching our history, and touring our neighborhoods and created “34 x 52 x 40“. The oral/aural project’s title refers to “Forsyth as the 34th County of North Carolina (in slang, the “Tre-4″), whose population has been simultaneously connected and divided by the major highways spanning Winston-Salem: 52 & 40.”

Neighborhoods and places in Winston-Salem explored include Downtown, the Transit Center, “The Pond,” Happy Hill, La Perla, Reynoldstown and Reynolda Village. Visitors to the exhibition site can download audio from the performance and guided tour maps.

This outstanding project is connected to the recent visit by young filmmakers from the Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club to the North Carolina Room, who created an excellent documentary about early black businesses in Winston-Salem.