2017-2018 Grant Awards

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT GRANTS (14 Awards Totaling $1,000,000)

Bookmarks $ 20,000
Little Theatre of Winston-Salem $ 108,000
North Carolina Black Repertory Company $ 126,000
Old Salem Museums and Gardens $ 40,000
Piedmont Craftsmen $ 64,652
Piedmont Opera $ 59,747
Piedmont Wind Symphony $ 30,000
Reynolda House Museum of American Art $ 40,000
RiverRun International Film Festival $ 67,000
Sawtooth School for Visual Art $ 87,696
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art $ 107,837
Triad Stage $ 72,000
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet $ 30,974
Winston-Salem Symphony $ 146,094

This program receives additional support from the N.C. Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 


ANNUAL EVENT AND SERIES GRANTS (11 Awards Totaling $66,500)

a/perture $ 5,000
Arts for Art’s Sake $ 2,500
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem $11,000
Downtown Arts District Association $ 1,000
Hispanic League $ 5,000
Kernersville Little Theatre $ 6,500
Korner’s Folly $ 2,500
Triad Pride Performing Arts $ 2,000
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts $ 15,000*
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance $ 5,000
Winston-Salem Youth Chorus $ 6,000

*Winston Salem Delta Fine Arts will receive a matching grant of up to $5,000 for earning new revenue by September 30, 2017.

This program receives additional support from the N.C. Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 



WELLS FARGO ARTS-IN-EDUCATION GRANTS (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

Authoring Action: $1,500 To provide a 6-session creative writing program, “Writing Through the Senses”

Bookmarks: $5,000 To support Bookmark’s Authors in Schools program that will support 4 author visits with Kimberley Park and Old Town Elementary Schools

Carolina Music Ways: $5,500 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

Giannini Brass: $6,000 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): $7,200 To provide one-on-one instructive brass clinics for middle school music students

Katherine Gauldin (fiber artist): $ 1,500 To provide an artist residency for middle school art students who will design and create a collaborative tapestry using traditional and repurposed items

Mark Donnell (theatre artist): $4,500 To provide three Commedia dell’arte (comedy of art) artist residencies for high school theatre classes

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: $9,300 To support The Intersections Project (TIP) that brings regional, national and international artists to engage and work with middle school students in collaborative art making

Shared Radiance: $4,500 To present ShakesCollage, a 45-minute compilation of Shakespeare, for middle and high school students

Tam Tam Mandigue: $8,000 To bring hands-on African drumming and dancing residencies and workshops to elementary and middle school students

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

Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts: $3,000 To present ArtSmart, an integrated arts enrichment program for elementary students focusing on visual, cultural, language arts, storytelling, music, and movement

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: $11,000 To support professional development for core arts teachers

Arts-In-Education Project Incubation Pool: $2,400 To pilot new arts-in-education projects for the 2017-2018 school year

This program receives support from the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.






Zach Deas (Craft, Davie Co.) $1,000 – To apprentice with a luthier in order to learn new finishing techniques

Nathan Ross Freeman (Film, Forsyth Co.) $3,000 – To produce his feature film Gem about an Archangel named Gem who is involved in a prophetic story of religions at war

Kate Carey (Literature, Davidson County) $680 – To support writing residencies in order to complete her first novel, The Ginko Tree, about a small, private liberal arts college that is experiencing scandals, financial problems, and mismanagement

Cashavelly Morrison (Music, Forsyth Co.) $3,500 – To assist with CD and vinyl printing of their second album, Hunger

Kendra Harding (Music, Forsyth Co.) $1,000 – To compose and workshop a suite of original songs for beginner guitar students

David Petty (Storytelling, Forsyth Co.) $400 – To join the NC Story Telling Guild and the National Storytelling Network and attend guild workshops

Amy da Luz (Theatre, Forsyth Co.) $2,000 – To workshop and perform her original play, DEMBE, that centers around the complexities of international and interracial adoptions

Mike Chamis (Theatre, Forsyth Co.) $1,000 – To continue workshopping his play, Pied Piper, a musical theatre piece for children

Jessica Singerman (Visual Art, Forsyth Co.) $2,200 – To obtain professional photography and video equipment to support the marketing efforts of her artwork on her website, blog, and social media

Leo Rucker (Visual Art, Forsyth Co.) $2,050 – To attend the annual Portrait Society of America Conference

Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet (Visual Art, Forsyth Co.) $2,100 – To travel to DC & NY to conduct research her Go-Go Girls Project based on the Women’s Movements in the 1960’s and today

Owens Daniels (Visual Art. Forsyth Co.) $2,220 – To produce an original photographic works exploring issues within the LGBTQ community

Will Willner (Visual Art, Forsyth Co.) $2,050 – To create a new body of work using infrared photography on local landscapes

Zach McCraw (Visual Art, Stokes Co.) $1,300 – To create two new video art pieces focusing on the theme of identity

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.


COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT MINI-GRANTS (20 Awards Totaling $10,000; 10 Awarded to Date)

Art in the Trees will offer a nature inspired art enrichment program at the Gateway Nature Preserve for underserved youth from the nearby Gateway communities such as Happy Hill.  This program will take place from June 13-15 and June 18-22.

IFB Solutions, in partnership with Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, will offer a Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) Theater Camp for children who are blind or visually impaired.  These students will rehearse and perform “The Wizard of Oz,” July 30 – August 3.

Leslie Smith will be hosting a Youth Art Show that will showcase the sale of works by 30 local youth arts and craft vendors.

Music Carolina will present a free family concert, “A Musical Passport,” performed by Harmonium Winds as part of Music Carolina’s 2018 SummerFest. This will take place Sunday, August 12, at 3:00 pm at Bookmarks.

Senior Services, as part of their Aging with Purpose pilot project, will work with local artists to provide art lessons to homebound Meals-on-Wheels participants.

Soul Focused Sundays, a monthly event held at Art for Art’s Sake, will provide an opportunity for women of various backgrounds and ethnicities, to take time out to focus on their souls and spiritual wellness.  These events will include guided group meditation and yoga sessions.

The Dream School will host a podcast and digital video production summer camp for at-risk youth at The Enterprise Center, June 18-29.

The Enrichment Center will present an original play, A Storybook Tale, written and performed by students of The Enrichment Center.  The performance will be on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Gallery at The Enrichment Center.

Triad Cultural Arts will present its annual Juneteenth Festival in observance of the abolition of slavery in the United States on Saturday, June 16 from noon – 7 p.m, in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

W.O.R.D Society will present “Poetry at PDQ Kidz Poetry Workshop Series,” on July 3, 17, and 31 from 6:30-7:30 pm at PDQ restaurant.  This 3-part poetry, rhyming, songwriting, and performing series is open to elementary and middle school students.


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