2016-2017 Grantees


18 Awards Totaling $100,000



Associated Artists of Winston-Salem: $4,600 To provide artist-led workshops in the creative process, calligraphy, Chinese painting, and papermaking to art classes in all grade levels

Bookmarks: $5,000 To support Bookmark’s Authors in Schools program that will bring bestselling author of the I Survived series, Lauren Tarshis to 2nd and 3rd grade students at Kimberly Park Elementary School

Carolina Music Ways: $5,000 To present multiple assembly performances of Carolina Live! Our Musical History, a musical program that introduces elementary school students to the Piedmont’s cross-cultural musical legacy featuring jazz, blues, bluegrass, gospel, Moravian, and old-time string bands

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem/Peppercorn Theatre: $3,000 To support Peppercorn Theatre’s Young Dramaturgs program that will work with elementary school students as they research and develop a new play alongside a professional playwright

Carolina Chamber Symphony Players/Giannini Brass: $4,200 To present multiple performances of Brass Under the Big Top which integrates musical performances with the magic of the circus to expose elementary school students to classical music and history

Karl Kassner (brass musician): $6,000 To provide one-on-one instructive brass clinics for middle school music students

Katherine Gauldin (fiber artist): $ 2,000 To work with students at Walkertown Middle and High School to design and create a woven tapestry using traditional and repurposed items

Leslie Hill (filmmaker): $5,600 To provide a hands-on film production residency where high school theatre students will learn the basic techniques of storyboarding, videotaping, and editing

Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet (painter/muralist): $ 5,500 To provide an artist residency with 6th grade students at Northwest Middle School to create self-portraits showcasing their individualism and diversity

Mark McMasters (actor): $ 3,600 To provide instructive physical theatre workshops to high school drama classes and to present multiple assembly performances for all grade levels 

Piedmont Craftsmen: $10,000 To provide multiple craft artisans-in-residencies for high school art classes including ceramics, basket making, mixed-media, and weaving

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: $9,500 To support multiple artist-in-residencies at R.J. Reynolds and J.F. Kennedy High School that will include artists and photojournalists in the upcoming exhibition, “Dispatches – Next Generation: Responding in Real Times”

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation/ School of Dance’s Pluck Project: $2,000 To conduct contemporary dance workshops with multiple high school dance classes

William Scheidt: $6,000 To bring hands-on African drumming and dancing residencies and workshops to elementary and middle school students

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet: $5,000 To conduct dance master classes for high school dance students that will include ballet, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre dance instruction

Winston-Salem Symphony: $9,000 To support “The Mary Starling In-School Music Education Program,” a program that engages all the public 4th and 5th grade students through intimate ensemble performances in schools and a full orchestra concert at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: $10,000 To support professional development for core arts teachers

Arts-In-Education Project Incubation Pool: $4,000 To fund projects that become available throughout the school year and for incubating future arts-in-education projects




9 out of 30 Awarded Totaling $30,000

October – November 2016

Hispanic League will partner with Reynolda House Museum of American Art on Thursday, October 20th 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 8th at the Shallowford Sqare in Lewisville.  This free community event features the 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 5 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.

December 2016 – February 2017

Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Salem College and The Department of Dance Studies Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert presented the dance work Goldberg Revisited, which brought together student and adult community members in a piece inspired by accessibility and intergenerational movement.  The concert was held December 1-3, 2016.

Historic Bethabara Park partnered with community artists Peggy Parks and Camille Abbott to develop the Puppet Theater at Historic Bethabara Park.  The theater premiered its first original show, A Christmas Eve Curfluffle, at “A Bethabara Christmas” on December 3, 2016.

Travis Williams will work with local musicians to create an album entitled, Times of Challenges Volume 2, whose proceeds will directly benefit Cancer Support Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  Cancer patients will create artwork for the album cover as a recreational therapy activity.


12 Awards Totaling $25,000


Leslie Fesperman (Craft, Surry Co.) $ 825 – To take an online tapestry workshop in order to further her study and teaching of tapestry weaving

Jessie Laurita-Spangle (Dance, Forsyth Co.) $ 2,155 – To purchase a camera and equipment in order to document her work as a dance artist and choreographer

Karola Luttringhaus (Dance, Forsyth Co.) $ 2,450 – To further develop her work “Hippolyta’s Disappearance,” based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, into a full performance

Gregg Jamback (Film, Forsyth Co.) $ 3,000 – To work with a film development coach in order to complete, distribute, and fundraise for his feature-length documentary, “In Pursuit of Justice”

Barbara Scott (Literature, Surry Co.)  $ 1,800 – To self-publish her creative non-fiction work, “Generous Fruits- A Survey of American Homesteading”

Jacinta White (Literature, Forsyth Co.) $ 1,930 – To complete her work of poetry, “Let the Church Say…,” based on historical African American churches and cemeteries in the South

Aaron Bachelder (Music, Forsyth Co.) $ 1,100 – To upgrade his computer and software equipment in order to create and produce a new body of electronic music entitled, “Music for a New Dark Age”

Ezra Noble (Music, Forsyth Co.) $ 3,100 – To support the completion of his second full-length album of 12 original songs

Suzy McCalley (Music, Forsyth Co.) $ 3,000 – To support the creation of her debut album, “Into the Flame,” featuring original songs and lyrics

Justine Luzwick (Visual Art, Stokes Co.) $ 2,740 – To purchase a camera and equipment in order to create a new series of black and white photographs capturing the spirit of Stokes County

Nicole Uzzell (Visual Art, Stokes Co.) $ 1,300 – To travel to Butte College in Oroville, CA to attend the opening of her solo installation exhibition, “Sorting It Out”

Will Parham (Visual Art, Forsyth Co.) $ 1,600 – To support his upcoming solo exhibition at Salem College featuring large-scale photographic works based on naturally occurring iridescences

Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and unincorporated groups in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.  Additional support comes from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.



14 Awards Totaling $1,398,500

Bookmarks – $15,000
North Carolina Black Repertory Company – $175,000
Old Salem Museums and Gardens – $60,900
Piedmont Craftsmen – $80,000
Piedmont Opera – $89,175
Piedmont Wind Symphony – $20,000
Reynolda House Museum of American Art – $75,000
RiverRun International Film Festival – $100,000
Sawtooth School for Visual Art – $121,800
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – $160,950
Triad Stage – $100,000
Twin City Stage – $150,000
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet – $32,625
Winston-Salem Symphony – $218,050

The Organizational Support Grant is an evaluative program that rewards organizations demonstrating artistic and organizational excellence with financial support for operating and administrative costs. Grants are awarded to arts and cultural organizations of all disciplines with annual actual revenues of over $150,000 that meet high standards in the quality of their programs and services, level of community involvement, administrative capacity and fiscal responsibility.



10 Awards Totaling $85,000

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem – $15,000
Helen Simoneau Danse – $5,000
Hispanic League – $3,000
Kernersville Little Theatre – $7,500
New Winston Museum – $5,000

Triad Cultural Arts – $1,500
Triad Pride Men’s Chorus – $1,000
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts – $30,000
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance – $5,000
Winston-Salem Youth Chorus – $12,000

The Annual Event & Series Grant (AESG) is an evaluative program that supports organizations demonstrating artistic and organizational excellence with financial support for operating and administrative costs. Grants are awarded to arts organizations of all disciplines with annual actual revenues of $150,000 and under that meet high standards in the quality of their programs and services, level of community involvement, administrative capacity and fiscal responsibility.



Authoring Action – $10,000

Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem – Peppercorn Theatre – $5,000


UNCSA Foundation – The Light Project – $7,000


Helen Simoneau Danse – $5,000

Phuzz Phest – $10,000



Targeted Initiatives that address greater community needs and opportunities through the arts and, in turn, impress the arts and culture as a vital part of our community’s success. These initiatives are specifically designed to encourage new creative endeavors, provide greater access to the arts for everyone in our community, and foster innovative solutions to community needs.  As such, The Arts Council will work collaboratively with successful recipients to provide oversight and support to ensure the success and impact of the program or project.