Gateway Gardens, an 11-acre public garden, is a $5 million project coupled with Gateway University Research Park, providing future economic development potential in southeast Greensboro. Cemala is one of many funders in this Greensboro Beautiful, Inc. & City of Greensboro partnership.
Cemala pledged $1 million towards the relocation of the Hayes-Taylor Y to a state-of-the-art facility at Barber Park. The Y will enliven the Gateway area, serve a diverse population of up to 5,000 people daily, and feature a 5-star childcare center. Ceasar Cone II, Cemala's founder, helped start the first Hayes-Taylor Y in the 1930s.
Cemala has contributed over $700,000 to Triad Stage, a professional not-for-profit regional theatre. Key to Center City Greensboro's revitalization, Triad Stage's renovations commenced in the spring of 2001, transforming the five-story building into a world class theater center now called the Pyrle Theater.
Greensboro's Downtown Greenway is to be a 4-mile loop around the Center City. Completion is scheduled for 2018. Brower Hatcher, the artistic director, collaborated with local found metal artist, Frank Russell, on this Greenway cornerstone, Gateway of the Open Book. Cemala has contributed over $2 million to this project.
Cemala has been a supporter of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra since 1994. Today, audiences enjoy more than 138 performances by seventy-seven musicians who are leading music faculty, teachers, and performers providing three concert series and a comprehensive youth program annually.
The Cemala Foundation is no longer accepting unsolicited grant proposals. It is making strategic investments in projects compatible with the Foundation's vision.
Before contacting the Foundation, please review information about the priority that most closely matches the interests of your organization. If after reviewing the information, you feel there is a match, you should contact Cemala staff or submit a brief letter of inquiry of no more than two pages. Staff will respond to all specific letters of inquiry but not to general solicitations for funds.