Front Line Workers

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020


When Everett Shinn created this study for a poster for the American Red Cross in 1918, the United States and most of the rest of the world were in the throes of both World War I and an influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu. Shinn maximized both the appeal for financial support and the organization’s humanitarian efforts through his choice of imagery—a goddess/saint of victory whose flowing veil protects a group of people in need as a shower of gold coins rains down from above. Many of today’s first responders currently embody this selflessness.

Everett Shinn, Study for a Red Cross Poster, 1918, watercolor, gouache, charcoal and graphite on laminated paperboard, 25 x 21 in. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Museum purchase with funds from Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, 1968.

Staff Thank You

We are deeply indebted to those folks who are required to work during this crisis. Numerous wonderful people are healing our sick, delivering food to our homes, and providing other essential services in our stores, restaurants, and even in our daily lives. WAM staff extends a heartful THANK YOU to all FRONT LINE WORKERS who are giving so selflessly during these trying times. #WAMfamUNCG
"Thanks to all grocery store workers, including my friend Moe, who keeps me laughing in addition to keeping us fed. "


Assistant Registrar
"Many thanks to the many restaurant workers who continue to provide meals for us to take away. Everything I've ordered has been delicious."


"Thanks to all the medical professionals who continue to work miracles, including my nieces: Nurse Karen Gustafson Mazzola (left), Midwife Kiersten Crawford (center), and ER Nurse Sarah Beebe (right). "


Curator of Collections
"Thanks to all grocery store workers, including my friend Moe, who keeps me laughing in addition to keeping us fed. "


Assistant Registrar
"Thanks to the staff, farmers and partners at the Greensboro Curb Market who pivoted to a safe drive-thru model to keep providing fresh, local food!"


PR + Communications Officer
"Huge thanks to our mail carrier, Mike!"


Curator of Exhibitions
"In addition to the healthcare workers, I am thankful for all the people involved in providing us food. During this time I have learned more about our vast food supply system."




UNC Greensboro Athletics and Taco Mama have teamed up to provide meals for Spiro’s Heroes working on the front lines combating COVID-19. Fans can support these Spiro’s Heroes by making a minimum donation of $6 to purchase lunch for healthcare workers in Greensboro. For every $6 donation, Taco Mama will provide a meal for the medical personnel at Cone Health.

Every person making a donation will receive a FREE game ticket to UNCG’s season-opening men’s basketball game in 2020.

To make a donation, click HERE. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Please note that tax receipts will not be available.


We would also like to feature the efforts of makers at the Forge Greensboro who have been working hard to help better protect those on the FRONT LINE.

A team comprised of volunteer operators and over 50 3-D printers banded together at the Forge to create masks, face shields, and PPE accessories for its essential worker partners, including Cone Health network, Partners Ending Homelessness, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, and the Mebane Police Department.

Other regional maker collaborators include NC State, Alamance Makers Guild, the Elon Maker Hub, and STEAM Junction. In total the groups have produced over 1,200 face shields for the Cone Health system. Visit their website HERE to find out ways to support this effort by donating materials and/or funds.

Forge Greensboro Executive Director Joe Rotondi delivering face shields for staff and volunteers at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market.