Northwest School of the Arts

UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem has received a warning from the group that accredits Southern universities.  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS says the School of the Arts has failed to provide proof that it has enough faculty to serve its students, that it’s improving its educational programs, and that it tracks student’s academic performance.  The warning doesn’t go into details, but the association plans to release a follow-up report later this month. 

The Northwest School of the Arts is the first high school in North Carolina to have the rights to put on a high school production of the Broadway musical "The Color Purple." The play is based on the 1982 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker, centered on the story of a black woman’s struggle to find her identity while overcoming abusive family relationships. 

Mekhai Lee, a junior at Northwest, plays the male lead of Mister. He sings from inside a shop set in rural Georgia in the early twentieth century.