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Tawanna Williams Maryland

Tawanna Williams Maryland is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She explored Germany after receiving her first undergrad degree from Elon University in business. It was a military adventure that sent her to Germany and ended after two years; making her a parent and opening a door to her passion for art and education. Guilford County Schools became her stomping ground and groomed her to not only facilitate and teach, but to develop ways where literacy and art would meet. Her world became directing and constructing creative projects…in clay, on fabric, through graphics, in churches, in communities, and eventually on stage. Tawanna returned to school to complete a second undergrad degree.  She graduated from Guilford College in May, 2017, with a double major degree in Theater and African American Studies. During her second time as a student, she become an AmeriCorps ACCESS Member serving at the Glen Haven Community Center coordinating volunteers and running the youth program. This moment shook the very ground she was creating on. Tawanna finally understood how art and literacy can work to improve lives. With her passion for expressive arts and community, and as a Volunteer Coordinator for families originating from countries all over the world, she found peace.  With profound grace, Tawanna’s pursuit is to promote justice through the arts for communities that are bound by “bias”, whether conscious or not.  In the fall of 2017, Tawanna became the CNNC’s full-time Volunteer Coordinator.  Tawanna is a James C. McMillian Art Award Recipient.