Dr. A. Lawrence Jenkens, department head and professor in the Department of Art, was profiled by the News & Record about his plans to create a non-profit called Students Art League of the Triad, or SALT. This program would involve the art departments from 10 of the Triad’s colleges and universities and have a place where students can showcase their art and learn the business side of making and selling art.

Jenkens has already gotten the green light for cooperation from Guilford College and N.C. A&T, as well as has three students – two from UNCG, one from Guilford College – writing a business plan as part of a class this semester. He is looking to bring Bennett, Elon, Greensboro College, High Point University, as well as Wake Forest, Winston Salem State and Salem College into the fold.

“I think it will happen,’’ Jenkens said. “I’ve had such an enthusiastic response.’’

Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro are also enthused by this idea, which has the possibility of having a headquarters in a two-story duplex at the corner of Washington and Edgeworth streets. The house in question is called Zenke House and was built in 1910.

Jenkens, who taught for 16 years at the University of New Orleans before coming to UNCG in 2010, believes that once they have a creative place for the project, the rest of the pieces will just fall into place.

“We have the Research Triangle, why not have the Arts Triad?’’ he asked. “It would be such a local place for performing artists to settle. All you need to do is create a venue for them. It seems to me a no brainer.’’