2017 Targeted Initiatives
In 2015, in order to identify where the community wanted our focus, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem hosted a series of community “listening” events. That process resulted in a new Targeted Initiatives campaign , which we are excited to roll out in 2017. For the first time, donors are encouraged to direct all or some of their 2017 Annual Fund donation towards one or more of these important programs.
Early Learning and After-School Youth Arts Enrichment Program
***This project was supported by the Reynolds American Foundation, AlphaBEST Education, Kaplan Early Learning Company and Stephens Financial Group.
Making Forsyth County a leader in accessible arts-enrichment for youth by expanding our arts education program to reach infants (birth to age five) and students outside of the public school classroom
The Arts Council has been partnering with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for decades because we have always felt that the best way we could leverage the arts to make Forsyth County better was by ensuring that our children receive a high-quality arts education in the public schools.
In addition to to the $100,000 we invest in arts enrichment in the schools every year, we recently took the following steps to make youth arts enrichment an even bigger priority:
- We funded $10,000 of professional development for arts teachers who work within the WSFCS.
- We re-evaluated how and where we were allocating these grant programs by working more closely with the lead arts teachers and their curriculum.
- Lastly, we rolled out our first “pilot” year of funding for Early Learning and After-School Youth Arts Enrichment to two commendable arts organizations: Authoring Action, a nonprofit arts and outreach organization dedicated to empowering youth to transform their lives and their community through the power of creative writing, spoken word, visual & media arts, film-making and leadership education; and Peppercorn Children’s Theater, which showcases emerging professional artists and produces original theatre works in order to introduce live performance art to the children and families of Forsyth County.
Authoring Action and Peppercorn have led the way in making youth arts enrichment more accessible in Forsyth County and The Arts Council is championing them as examples of the types of organizations we will support through the new Early Learning and After-School Youth Arts Enrichment program. Please make a donation to support this important initiative.
***This project was supported by the DataMax Foundation.
Providing seed funds and start-up support for new and creative ventures
Art in Unexpected Places Program
Creating access to the arts by bringing programs out of traditional museums and concert halls and into welcoming public spaces
Novant Health Arts and Healing Program
***This project was supported by Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Cook Medical.
Supporting creative arts and cultural experiences for patients and community members that create measurable improvements in the health and wellness of our community