Arts Council announces grants and awards

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County announces grants and awards.

Arts Council announces grants and awards
November 01
01:00 2018

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County celebrated the successful conclusion of its 2018 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign that topped its $2.5 million goal. It announce more than $1.1 million of grants, and present awards to individuals and organizations in the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County arts community at its annual meeting Monday, Oct. 29, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

Randy Eaddy, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, said the role of arts councils throughout the United States has been expanding rapidly beyond the traditional model of fundraising and grantmaking.

Keynote speaker was Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of the Chapman Cultural Arts Center in Spartanburg, S. C. Evins comments addressed the role of arts councils and how the change has positively impacted her Spartanburg arts organization.

Evins explained how this evolution has been successful in Spartanburg and enabled her organization to provide greater, more effective and efficient services and support for the arts community.

At the Arts Council event, it was announced that the Helium Award was presented by recently organized Helium Winston-Salem, a local arts giving circle that collaborates with and provides support and leadership for The Arts Council. Its cash award is designated for an innovative project that will have significant impact in the arts community. Art Resolve received a check for $1,050 for its project to place the artwork of local artists on fencing at construction sites in downtown Winston-Salem.

The concept of Helium Winston-Salem came about after its founding members recognized a desire for arts patrons and other community members to directly engage in developing the future of our city’s arts and culture. Members of the group seek out individuals, organizations, projects, and ideas that are making important contributions to the arts the culture of our community and pool their funding to provide financial support to help kickstart, advance, or accomplish the individual or group’s work.

The Arts Council announced more than

$1 million in Operational Support Grants:

*Bookmarks,  $20,000

*Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, $108,000

*N.C. Black Repertory Company, $126,000

*Old Salem, $40,000

*Piedmont Craftsmen, $65,000

*Piedmont Opera, $60,000; Piedmont Wind Symphony, $30,000

*Reynolda House, $40,000

*RiverRun International Film Festival, $67,000

*Sawtooth School, $88,000

*SECCA, $108,000

*Triad Stage,  $20,000

*Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, $31,000

*Winston-Salem Symphony, $147,000

Fifty thousand dollars was reserved for future technical support grants.

The Arts Council received 14 grant requests in the Annual Event and Series category and made awards to all 14 totaling $91,500. The average grant was $6,535. In addition, The Arts Council will award $100,000 to 16 individuals and arts organizations through its Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education category for the 2018-2019 school year.  All grants made by the Arts Council are posted on its website at 

The Arts Council Award for a person who has exhibited a strong commitment of volunteer service and made a significant impact and contribution to the arts in the community was presented to Frank and Susan Dickerson.  Both are enthusiastic supporters of the arts community and before retiring, Frank Dickerson was executive director of Piedmont Opera.

The R. Philip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award for a person 40 years of age or younger was presented to Rachel Schroeder, human resources manager at Forsyth Technical Community College, for her work with community theater exemplifying volunteer dedication and leadership and furthering the missions of arts and cultural entities.

The Arts Educator Excellence Award recognizing an educator who has enriched the education of our community’s youth and inspired the next generation of artists, patrons and creative individuals was presented to Phyllis Dunning, retired teacher and ardent arts patron.

Capital Bank received the Arts-Integrated Workplace Award for exemplary efforts to integrate the arts into all facets of its corporate culture and employees’ lives.

The Strategic Vision Partner Award was presented to Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s independent, nonprofit bookstore, for its efforts to advance the strategic vision of The Arts Council and enhance the reputation of Winston-Salem as a city of arts and innovation.

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