Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Awards Six Mini-Grants



Winston-Salem, NC (September 30, 2016) — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has announced its first round of 2016-2017 grants made through its Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant program.  These awards provide community groups and individuals with grants up to $500 to infuse the arts into all segments of the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.


This program is sponsored by Wells Fargo.


“These fall mini-grants will bring art experiences to diverse populations and enable unique collaborations in our community.” said Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager for The Arts Council.  “We continue to be inspired by the ideas coming from individuals, community organizations, and businesses that have the desire to make a difference in our community through the arts.”


Projects selected:


Hispanic League will partner with Reynolda House Museum of American Art on Thursday, October 20 to host Columbian classical guitarist, Roberto Martinez in the Colorful Sounds in Concert: Latin America.  This partnership will celebrate the Hispanic League’s 25th Anniversary and will bring the two organizations together to being to explore promoting art and culture to new audiences.


NC Black Repertory Company will present a new outreach program entitled, Living Room Theatre, for community members who are not physically able to attend shows at the theatre.  They will bring actress Perri Gaffney’s one-woman show, The Resurrection of Alice, to hospital- bound and terminally ill patients at local hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes in October 2016.


Lewisville Area Arts Council will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of Music in the Park on October 8 at the Shallowford Sqare in Lewisville.  This free community event featuresthe Brothers Pearl band along with musical guests and exhibiting artists.  Community partners include Lewisville Recycle Committee, Lewisville Historical Society, Lewisville Civic Club.


Cross the Line Project is a project of the UNCSA Student Board and will feature five  concerts in October in nontraditional places.  UNCSA students will perform classical music and engage their audience about the music as a way to keep classical music relevant.  Partners include Homestead Hills Retirement Community, Old Salem Harvest Day Festival, Brookridge Retirement Community, and Reynolda Gardens.


Piedmont Opera will partner with the local Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council to create a signature opera badge, provide educational programming and an opportunity to attend Puccini’s Tosca at the UNCSA Stevens Center in October.


WS Shuffle will partner with CoffeePark Arts located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts to present a monthly showcase competition for artists including music, poetry, dance, and performing arts.  The competition is open to artists of all ages and has fostered many local talented individuals.


Currently, the Arts Council has awarded 109 mini-grants totaling $28,000.  The next due date for mini-grant applications is Friday, October 27 by 5:00 p.m. for projects taking place December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017.


For more information about Community Enrichment Mini-Grants contact Dara Silver, Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at 336-747-1426 or


Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play.  The Arts Council raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.


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