The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in NC Announces 2015 Grants of 73 awards Totaling $1,845,000

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Editor’s Note: Pay close attention here – this is not the grant info for the State of NC or SC – this is money given to the arts by one city and one county in NC. It’s more than the SC Arts Commission hands out to the entire State of South Carolina. And, if you look at it closely you’ll see that several institutions are getting multiple grants. This is on top of other state and national funding.

The Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, has made a total of 73 grants totaling $1,875,000 for 2015.

The Arts Council recently completed its 2014 Annual Campaign and met its goal enabling it to fully fund the recommendations of its grant panels: Organizational Support Grants, $1,615,000; Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants, $100,000; Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants, $30,000; Innovative Project Grants, $30,000.

“Donor dollars are precious,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council, “and The Arts Council Board feels a deep, continuing obligation to be good stewards of them. We have worked over the years to make the grant process efficient and effective and that has redounded to the benefit of the broad arts and cultural community.”

The Arts Council spotlighted three representative awards at the grants announcement.

North Carolina Black Repertory Company will receive a $5,700 Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education Grant and a $2,500 Innovative Project Grant.  As part of the Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education Grant, they will partner with Theatre Delta (Chapel Hill, NC) to provide interactive theatre programming to address Underage Drinking in three public high schools.  Interactive theatre uses scripted and improvisational theatre along with audience participation in order to promote dialogue and social change.  As part of the Innovative Project Grant, they will collaborate with nationally recognized playwright Samm Art Williams to work with their Teen Theatre Ensemble to learn the art and business of playwriting and create a one-act play.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem will receive a $10,000 Innovative Project Grant for their Winston-Salem Storefronts public art program which will provide a place for temporary installation art in vacant storefront spaces in downtown. It will give artists the opportunity to create site specific work, educate business owners and the public about the benefit of public art, and bring art to the general public free of charge.

Camel City Jazz Orchestra will receive a  $10,000 Innovative Project Grant  to present “Neighborhood Suites,” comprised of original big band jazz music and brief narrative accounts based on historic neighborhoods in Winston-Salem.  Concerts will be presented at free community events in Rupert Bell Park, Miller Park, Washington Park, Historic Bethabara Park, and Winston-Square Park.

Peggy Reingold chaired the Organizational Support Grant panel which made 25 grants totaling $1,615,000.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem       $ 18,000
Authoring Action              $ 12,500
Bookmarks         $ 10,000
Hispanic Arts Initiative   $ 20,000
Kernersville Little Theatre            $ 8,900
North Carolina Black Repertory Company             $ 185,000
Old Salem Museums and Gardens           $ 70,000
Piedmont Chamber Singers         $ 9,000
Piedmont Craftsmen      $ 85,000
Piedmont Opera              $ 102,500
Piedmont Wind Symphony          $ 20,000
Reynolda House Museum of American Art           $ 75,000
RiverRun International Film Festival         $ 100,000
Sawtooth School for Visual Art   $ 140,000
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art        $ 185,000
Twin City Stage $ 240,000
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts  $ 37,500
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet    $ 37,500
Winston-Salem Symphony          $ 245,000
Winston-Salem Youth Chorus     $ 14,100

Lawren Desai chaired the Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education grant panel which made 21 grants totaling $100,000.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem: $4,000 – To provide artist-led workshops in public middle and high school art classes allowing teachers to enhance their current curriculum by introducing students to a specific art media

Authoring Action: $2,200 – To conduct creative writing and spoken word workshops for students and teachers at RJ Reynolds High School

Bookmarks: $3,000 – To support the Author in Schools program which will bring authors to 6th graders at Northwest Middle School to engage students in fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction

Carolina Music Ways: $5,000 – To present Carolina Music Ways Old Timey Radio Show, a 45-minute 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

Downtown Arts District Association: $2,600 – To provide artist and entrepreneur workshops for public school students, in addition to visiting artist studios in the Arts District

Giannini Brass: $4,200 – To present Brass Under the Big Top which integrates musical performances with the magic of the circus to expose public elementary school students to classical music, and teach music concepts and history

Hispanic Arts Initiative: $2,775 – To conduct a 3 week residency at Carter G. Woodson School designed to showcase the shared heritage of the African American and Latino communities through music and dance

Jared Steward: $1,200 – To provide 24 clinics for middle school percussion students

Karl Kassner: $6,000 – To provide 120 clinics for middle school brass students

Leslie Hill: $5,000 – To conduct film production residency with 1 public high school theatre class

Mark McMasters: $2,200 – To present physical theatre workshops to public high school drama classes and 30-minute assembly performances for public elementary and middle school students

NC Black Repertory Company:  $5,700 – To partner with Theatre Delta (Chapel Hill, NC) to provide interactive theatre programming to address Underage Drinking in 3 public high schools

Piedmont Craftsmen: $7,000 – To present “Living Craft: Crafting Lives,” a three-tiered craft program for elementary through high school students that includes a Craft in Context, Artists in Residencies, and Fine Craft Lectures

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: $6,350- To support The Intersections Project (TIP), a collaborative program that brings together artists and classroom educators to develop arts-integrated lesson plans and artist residencies for classroom application

Surteg Sandhu: $575 – To present “Cultural Presentations on India,” an assembly performance highlighting Indian dance and culture

Take the Lead NC: $7,600- To support the Dancing Classrooms program which will enhance education, cultural awareness, academic success, self-esteem, character and confidence through the medium of ballroom dancing

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation: $6,000 – To present the School of Dance’s Peter and the Wolf in elementary schools and to conduct the Pluck Project, contemporary dance workshops, for public high school students

William Scheidt: $6,000 – To bring hands-on African drumming and dancing workshops to elementary and middle school students

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet: $5,000 – To conduct contemporary dance workshops for high school dance students

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 public schools and a full orchestra concert

power2give matching funds: $8,600 – To support Arts-In-Education projects on http://www.power2give.org/WinstonSalem, The Arts Council’s online fundraising platform

Howard Upchurch aired the Innovative Project Grant Panel which made 15 grants totaling $100,000.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem:  $10,000 – To support the Winston-Salem Storefronts program which will create temporary public art installations in downtown

Bookmarks:  $5,000 – To support a new summer reading program and video project and to collaborate with Twin City Stage’s youth production of “Play to Win: The Jackie Robison Story”

Camel City Jazz Orchestra:  $10,000 – To create “Neighbor Suites,” a series of musical compositions inspired by Winston-Salem neighborhoods that will be presented to the community free of charge at local city parks

Forecast Music:  $2,500 – To create and present “East meets West,” a concert infusing the historic and modern traditions of Asian and Western classical music

Hispanic Arts Initiative:  $2,500 – To present “A Bailar – Let’s Dance” featuring Latin band, Ricardo Diquez and The Tropic Orchestra

Mami Wata Cultural Arts Collective:  $5,000 – To present D.R.U.M. Festival (Diversity, Rhythm, Unity, Movement) in Winston-Square Park which will cultivate unity, understanding, and greater cultural appreciation in the community through the universal language of rhythm

NC Black Repertory Co.:  $2,500 – To collaborate with playwright Samm Art Williams to work with their Teen Theatre Ensemble to learn the art and business of playwriting and create a one-act play

New Winston Museum.:  $7,500 – To present “Made In Winston,” a film and exhibit series featuring 6 films made in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

OUT at the Movies:  $2,500 – To support the 10th season of OUT at the Movies, a monthly LGBT film series that features artist talkbacks

Peppercorn Children’s Theatre/Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem:  $7,500 – To perform 3 original plays for children and families during the summer 2015

Phuzz Phest:  $5,000 – To support the 5th annual Phuzz Phest, an independent music festival, in Winston-Salem

Piedmont Craftsmen:  $10,000 – To support a craft inspired public art project in various locations throughout the city

Reynolda House Museum of American Art:  $2,500 – To present their annual Community Day Festival featuring a Tribal Pow-Wow in spring 2015

UNSCA Foundation:  $5,000 – To support the Winston-Salem Light Project featuring lighting and multimedia public art by UNCSA seniors

Winston-Salem Writers:  $2,500 – To support the Poetry in Plain Sight program’s second year of placing poetry posters inside all WS Transit Authority buses every quarter

Chad Cheek chaired the Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant Panel which made 17 grants totaling $30,000.

Ian Dennis:   $1,800 – To support shared studio space and the creation of new sculptural works

Lawrence Dillon:   $1,850 – To create an album, “Beyond Human” featuring his original compositions

Ken Frazelle:   $2,220 – To record and master his collection of 10 songs “Songs in the Rear View Mirror” for national distribution with Universal Music Group

Laura Frazier: $812 – To study with a fiber artist in order to increase her techniques as a wool sculptor

Eddie Garcia:   $1,000 – To record and release his debut solo album, “1970’s Film Stock”

Jordan Gulaskey:   $1,000- To assist with the creation of new body of printmaking works to be exhibited at the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Nashville, TN

RV Kuser:   $2,000 – To publish his autobiography, “Challenged, but not Defeated” about his life living with autism

Tyler Nail:   $2,000 – To record and release a collection of original songs created over the past 3 years

Chad Nance:   $1,500 – To market and secure a press agent for his 5 book series, Existential Threat

Tom Patterson: $2,500 – To complete his memoir-in-progress, “The Tom Patterson Years: A life among poets, artists, Indians, punks and outsiders, 1970-1985”

Shawn Peters: $1,800 – To support shared studio space and the creation of new works

The Estrangers:  $1,500 – To record and release their 2nd album in spring 2015

Andrew Rodgers: $2,800 – To create a short documentary entitled, “Secret Space,” about the hidden stores of an old NASA and Department of Defense building which now houses the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Enrique Rodriguez-Pastor: $2,700 – To record and archive over 75 of his musical compositions

Eric Schwartz: $2,000 – To create a multi-movement score for string quartet for a new contemporary dance work

The South Carolina Broadcasters: $1,500 – To make it possible for this Mt. Airy bluegrass group to showcase at the 2014 Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance in NY in November 2014

Ben Towle:  $1,018 – To take digital painting and traditional figure drawing classes in preparation for working with a publisher on a graphic novel (long-form comic book)

The Arts Council announced three special initiatives totaling $20,000.

Grassroots Arts Grants: $10,000 – To provide community groups with small arts project grants that promote creativity and use art as a means to bring community together

Siemens power2give matching funds: $5,000 – To support Innovative projects on http://www.power2give.org/WinstonSalem, The Arts Council’s online fundraising platform

Kaplan power2give matching funds: $5,000 – To support Youth Focused Innovative projects on http://www.power2give.org/WinstonSalem, The Arts Council’s online fundraising platform

Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play.  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.

For additional information, please contact Carroll Leggett by calling 336/831-5788 or e-mail to (cleggett@triad.rr.com).

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