Arts Council Engagement Society (ACES) to Hold a “Community Conversation” on  Arts in Education


Winston-Salem, N.C.  (July 8, 2015) – The Arts Council Engagement Society (ACES) will host its next Community Conversation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. The topic  is “Arts in Education,” and a panel of community educators will share their experiences.   ACES gatherings are free and open to the public. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and interact with panelists.

ACES was created by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County last year to provide an avenue for residents to have personal interaction with arts organizations, avail themselves of volunteer opportunities and be advocates for arts and cultural groups whose interests align with theirs.

“We have assembled an outstanding panel of arts educators from our community, and each has something different to bring to the discussion,” said Susan Morris, Director of Community Engagement for The Arts Council. “We want to share the value of arts and education in our community and demonstrate how learning is enriched by the arts in public schools, charter schools, and enrichment programs for youth and adults.”

Panelists represent arts education programs that engage a variety of students in the Winston Salem and Forsyth County community. They include the following:

Dr. AmyBith Harlee, Curriculum Coordinator at RJ Reynolds High School, an Arts Magnet School

Peter Wilbur, K-4 music and middle school film teacher at The Arts Based School

Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, Artistic Director at the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

Mike Lindentahal, Visual Arts Teacher at The Enrichment Center

“The Arts Council annually allocates more than $100,000 for Arts-in-Education grants,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council.  “We invite community input to help with our programming decisions. This is an opportunity for teachers, parents, arts enthusiasts, and others to better understand what is happening in our community and to share their viewpoints.”

Winston-Salem, known at a “City of Arts and Innovation,” has a  robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play.  It 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.  This year The Arts Council has made 76 grants totaling $1,845,000.


For additional information, please contact

Susan Morris

Director of Community Engagement

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County


Office 336.747.1418

Cell 336.407.8742

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