2017 Regional Artist Grants Awarded



Arts Council Makes Its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Awards

12 local artists receive a total of $25,000 in career-development awards


The Art Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has made 12 awards to local artists through its Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant program.  A total of $25,000 will allow the artists to further their artistic professional development through a specific project.

This program is open to artists working in the disciplines of music, film, literature, dance, visual art and craft and residing in Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties.  It is sponsored by Duke Energy and is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Awardees include Aaron Bachelder (Music), Leslie Fesperman (Craft), Gregg Jamback (Film), Jessie Laurita-Spanglet (Dance), Karola Luttringhaus (Dance), Justine Luzwick (Visual Art), Suzy McCalley (Music), Ezra Noble (Music), Will Parham (Visual Art), Barbara Scott (Literature), Nicole Uzzell (Visual Art) and Jacinta White (Literature).

Additional details about  Grant Recipient and their projects. 

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, teaching fellow at WFU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, is one of the 12 recipients. She will obtain a camera and accessories to document her work as a dancer artist and choreographer which is essential in today’s high tech artistic profession.  “This grant from The Arts Council has come at the perfect time for me as a dance-artist.  As I take stock of where I am in my career and prepare to move forward, what I need more than anything else is a strong portfolio with top-quality video footage of my choreographic work.  Now I can share my work in a way that represents the detail, subtlety, and hard work that has gone into making it,” she said.

Gregg Jamback, filmmaker, will work with a film and development coach in order to complete, distribute, and fundraise for his feature-length documentary, “In Pursuit of Justice.”  The film is about the creation of the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission, an independent, state-supported agency established to examine post-conviction claims of innocence.  It  follows Greg Taylor who served 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and was the first person freed by the Commission. Jamback’s career is in video production, and this grant will support his journey into feature-length documentaries with guidance from industry professionals.

Poet Jacinta White will complete her work of poetry entitled, “Let the Church Say…,” inspired by African-American churches and cemeteries in the South.  The work is inspired by her personal journey of visiting churches that her father and grandfather pastored.  “As a poet who is committed to using poetry and art in the community, having the value recognized in my writing, my vision, and my aspirations fuels the journey metaphorically and literally.  This grant will allow me to travel, explore, create, and share in a way a fuller way” said White.  “There is power in knowing your vision is captured and supported.  This grant shows me that.  I am indeed grateful and ready for what this next phase will provide and mean for my artistic development.”

The Arts Council believes that artists are at the heart of the creative sector and the recognition of their work through these awards helps validate artists and their work.  Local artists contribute to the vitality of our community through economic and community development.


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