We appeal to the global community to help the Nina Simone Project complete payment on Zenos
Frudakis’s bronze sculpture of Nina Simone, located at Nina Simone Plaza in Tryon, NC. An
outstanding debt of $55,000 remains of the $106,000 costing. Donations are tax-deductible.
Checks should be made payable to Nina Simone Project and mailed to PO Box 182, Tryon NC
USA 28782. Thank you, in advance, for helping in this memorial effort. Every contribution will
bring us closer to the goal.
For more information on the Nina Simone Project, and its vision,
mission and goals, visit www.ninasimoneproject.org
3 Comments to “Appeal To Save Nina Simone Sculpture”
She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot.
As she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone.
I remember the first time I heard a Nina Simone song on the radio. It was on a public radio station in the Bay area and the song was "Trouble in Mind." It was a beautiful Sunday and I was sitting in my white rocking chair on my porch.
“When I was an aspiring young artist searching for my voice, purpose, and direction, my early teachers took note of the fire burning in my belly, and they individually fanned the flame into passion, by introducing me to great Black women artists who presented their artistry with clarity and unrestrained courage.
One of those great women was the unmistakable, Ms. Nina Simone. I am eternally grateful to my teachers for this particular introduction."