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The Arts Council Launches 2018 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign...

On Monday, January 29, 2018, nearly 200 people gathered at the Hanesbrands Theatre to kick-off the new 2018 Community Fund for the Arts campaign, and hear guest speaker Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize – the largest public art festival in the world. ArtPrize takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a community about the size of Winston-Salem, and attracts more than 500,000 attendees, generating $28 million in annual economic impact. ArtPrize serves as a great example of what a community can do to disrupt current models of how a community can support the arts and broaden arts audiences. We hope that everyone who attended left inspired to think about...

RECENT FROM Arts Council News

The Arts Council Launches 2018 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign...

On Monday, January 29, 2018, nearly 200 people gathered at the Hanesbrands Theatre to kick-off the new 2018 Community Fund for the Arts campaign, and hear guest speaker Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize – the largest public art festival in the world. ArtPrize takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a community about the size of Winston-Salem, and attracts more than 500,000 attendees, generating $28 million in annual economic impact. ArtPrize serves as a great example of what a community can do to disrupt current models of how a community can support the arts and broaden arts audiences. We hope that everyone who attended left inspired to think about...

RECENT FROM Arts Council News

The Arts Council Launches 2018 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign...

On Monday, January 29, 2018, nearly 200 people gathered at the Hanesbrands Theatre to kick-off the new 2018 Community Fund for the Arts campaign, and hear guest speaker Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize – the largest public art festival in the world. ArtPrize takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a community about the size of Winston-Salem, and attracts more than 500,000 attendees, generating $28 million in annual economic impact. ArtPrize serves as a great example of what a community can do to disrupt current models of how a community can support the arts and broaden arts audiences. We hope that everyone who attended left inspired to think about...

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The Arts Council Launches 2018 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign...

posted on:Jan 31, 2018

On Monday, January 29, 2018, nearly 200 people gathered at the Hanesbrands Theatre to kick-off the new 2018 Community Fund for the Arts campaign, and hear guest speaker Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize – the largest public art festival in the world. ArtPrize takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a community about the size of Winston-Salem, and attracts more than 500,000 attendees, generating $28 million in annual economic impact. ArtPrize serves as a great example of what a community can do to disrupt current models of how a community can support the arts and broaden arts audiences. We hope that everyone who attended left inspired to think about unique ways in which this community can evolve its...

Win a Trip to ArtPrize!

posted on:Jan 30, 2018

On Monday evening, we launched our 2018 Community Campaign for the Arts and our new Creative Conversations Speaker Series, with Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  More than $500,000 in prizes is awarded, which includes a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. Artists working in any medium anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids—museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces. Artists and venues register...

Arts Council Seeking Applications for Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants...

posted on:Nov 20, 2017

Artists in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties eligible  Online and in-person information sessions scheduled Winston-Salem, NC (November 20, 2017) — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is seeking applications for Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants which offer support to artists in a six-county region to help them further their professional development.  Committed, gifted individual artists and collaborative groups in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties are eligible to apply.  Deadline for applications is Friday, January 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. “We are looking for opportunities to make grants that support the careers of area artists at pivotal points in their professional lives.  These grants always are diverse because the needs...

Results Announced from Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study...

posted on:Jun 22, 2017

Winston-Salem, NC (June 21, 2017) – A study led by Americans for the Arts and conducted by economists from the Georgia Institute of Technology shows that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Forsyth County are having a huge impact on the local economy. The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study was conducted using budgetary figures from 2015 and cultural audience surveys in 2016. The figures show that combined spending by the nonprofit art and cultural sector in Forsyth County and their audiences was $156.8 million, up some $20 million from five years ago when the last study was made.   “It is abundantly clear from this benchmark study that arts and culture is an economic driver in Winston-Salem and...

Engaging with the Arts

Engaging with the Arts

posted on: Feb 16, 2018

Student Artist of the Month: January 2018

  In partnership with Forsyth County high schools and Windsor Jewelers, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to present the Student Artist of the Month. All Forsyth County high schools (private, public, and charter) that have arts programming were invited to participate in the Student Artist of the Month program. Arts educators and administrators from each school will select one student each month for recognition based on academic rigor and artistic merit.  A variety of arts disciplines will be recognized over the course of the school year. Taylor Fernald Atkins Academic & Technology High School Principal: Joe Childers SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely Nominating Teacher: Lauren Gliot Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts Grade: 11 GPA/QPA: 3.8 What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy working/performing with other students. Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend NC State and major in Computer Programming. What is your proudest artistic...

posted on: Jan 31, 2018

Arts In Early Childhood

On a bleak cold winter day in the Old Town neighborhood, there was the warm smell of homemade burritos and laughter between Latino mothers and their children who worked together to paint portraits of each other through a piece of clear plastic.  Lauren Duncan, Director of Youth Programs at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, translated for art instructor Ali Kapps, who led the mother-child art activity that reinforced both Spanish and English vocabulary and introduced the art concept of portraiture. Sawtooth School has been working with El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services’ youth after-school program for the past 2 years by bringing arts instructors to work with Latino elementary school students.  El Buen Pastor serves low-income Latino families in this neighborhood and knows that the path to high-school graduation begins in infancy and requires the engagement of the whole family.  With support from the Kate B. Reynold Charitable Trust, El Buen Pastor is able to offer preschool readiness and parent education classes for these families that focus on child...

posted on: Dec 29, 2017

Student Artist of the Month: December 2017

In partnership with Forsyth County high schools and Windsor Jewelers, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to present the Student Artist of the Month. All Forsyth County high schools (private, public, and charter) that have arts programming were invited to participate in the Student Artist of the Month program. Arts educators and administrators from each school will select one student each month for recognition based on academic rigor and artistic merit.  A variety of arts disciplines will be recognized over the course of the school year. Ben Armentrout Atkins Academic & Technology High School Principal: Joe Childers SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely Nominating Teacher: Justin Sumners Arts Discipline: Music Grade: 10 GPA/QPA: 4.0/4.5   What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love being able to jam with my fellow musicians and just make great sounds. Jazz music is definitely my favorite because it gives me more opportunity to improve and be creative. Where would you most like to...