Like its namesake implies, Greensboro provides numerous green spaces through its many public parks and gardens such as 17-acre Greensboro Arboretum and Greensboro Center City Park which feature works by North Carolina artists. In 2004, the Department of Energey awarded Greensboro with an entry into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame. Important for MFA students, Greensboro is home to an active and diverse arts community. Events and venues range from the nationally acclaimed annual Eastern Music Festival featuring more than 100 summer performances from varied musical backgrounds to thr Triad Stage, a professional not-for-profit regional theatre company based in Greensboro's downtown historic district.
The Weatherspoon Art Museum, located at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, houses one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. Nearby the Greensboro Cultural Center houses more than 25 visual and performing arts organizations, art galleries, rehearsal halls, a sculpture garden, privately operated restaurant with outdoor cafe-style seating, and an outdoor amphitheater. .
Greensboro is the third largest city in north central North Carolina, 30 miles east of Winston-Salem, 75 miles west of Raleigh, and 80 miles northeast of Charlotte. Greensboro is in Guilford County in the Piedmont Triad region of the state and is midway between Washington, DC and Atlanta. Greensboro covers 131.48 square miles. The "Triad" area is made up of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.