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Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches New Volunteer Program

August 31, 2015

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The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, launches SECCA CONNECTors, an organization that supports the contemporary art center in daily functions, exhibitions, and special projects.

Spearheaded by Nancy Peterson and Bonnie Poindexter, two active women in Winston-Salem’s arts community, the SECCA CONNECTors gives volunteers the opportunity to enjoy insider experiences, a chance to give back to the community, and to take part in Winston-Salem’s mission to be the City of the Arts and Innovation. With a variety of committees and responsibilities, including office support, exhibition support, education support, greeting, and gardening; there is something for everyone who is interested in joining.

“We are very excited ab­out the SECCA volunteer program. We look forwarding to assisting the staff and helping enhance the SECCA experience for the public,” said Nancy Peterson.

The first SECCA CONNECTor meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at 5:30pm in the living room of the historic Hanes House at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For more information about how you can become a SECCA CONNECTor please visit (www.secca.org/support/volunteer) or contact Connie Schroeder by e-mail at (connie.schroeder@secca.org).

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located on Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (www.ncdcr.gov).

Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, NC, will Presents Dog Days Sale Aug. 14, 2015

August 8, 2015

The Dog Days of summer are here and the Piedmont Craftsmen Dog Days Sale is right around the corner in Winston-Salem, NC!

Consider donating artwork and fine crafts to our Dog Days Art Sale to be held on Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2015. Last year, Piedmont Craftsmen inaugurated a unique fundraiser to benefit our education and gallery programs. The Dog Days Sale is for young collectors and savvy shoppers alike. The event features hand created items culled from local art collections made by Piedmont Craftsmen’s Exhibiting Members as well as other talented artists. One of a kind items, new, used, and high quality seconds will be sold well below retail during this one day event.

Anyone can donate. Items must be handmade, but not necessarily created by Piedmont Craftsmen’s artists. We will accept a variety of artwork for the sale including: functional ceramics, jewelry, clothing, paintings & prints, wooden items, textiles and mixed media art. Donations of handcrafted items will be accepted until Aug. 10, 2015.

Donating is easy.

1. Donations can be hand delivered to our gallery at 601 North Trade Street during our regular business hours or shipped to the same address.

2. Several of our volunteers have offered to pick up donations for the sale. Please give us a call at 336/725-1516 if you have any questions or if you would like to make arrangements for your items to be picked up.

Mark your calendar now for this amazing sale at the Liberty Street Art Center, 526 North Liberty Street, downtown Winston-Salem on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 5-8:30pm. Customers will enjoy a shopping experience that includes wine & cheese for $6/person or $10 for you & a buddy.

Jane Doub, President (director@piedmontcraftsmen.org)
and the Dog Days Art Sale committee: Annie Van Every, Pam Saunders Co- Chairs, with the help of Melanie Barbee, BJ Buckland, Susan Friedman, Cindy Cox Geddie, Tomi Melson, Karen Morgan, and Amanda Phillips.

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

For further info visit us at (www.piedmontcraftsmen.org).

The Downtown Art District Association in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers DADA First Friday Gallery Hop – Aug. 7, 2015

July 21, 2015

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The Downtown Art District Association in Winston-Salem, NC, is pleased to present the DADA August First Friday Gallery Hop on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, from 7-10pm. Each month, the Gallery Hop features new artists receptions, live demonstrations and performers and collaborations with neighboring community organizations for variety and more fun.

DADA first Friday Gallery Hops are held each month in the Downtown Art District, along Trade, Liberty, from Fifth Street, Sixth Street and Seventh Streets where barricades are places for a safe and festive event. More of the Downtown Art District is found into toward Eighth Street, with the Downtown Art District becoming more diverse, creative and extending farther from the original footprint.

August brings the Annual Slice of Summer Tomato Tasting, an anticipated event sponsored by the Winston Salem Journal and local tomato farmers. Sample (for free) dozens of different varieties of tomatoes from local growers and then cast a VOTE for your favorite one! Additionally, there will be selected local restaurants on hand offering samples of their favorite tomato based recipes (while supplies last)

Exhibits for the August Hop feature artist gallery receptions throughout the Art District include:

Piedmont Craftsmen hosts a solo show in August by wood artist O’Neal Jones from Graham, NC. His woodwork ranges from functional furniture to sculptural wall pieces and mirrors. An Artisan’s Adventures in Woodworking through Demolition, Design, Dust and Delight will open on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, from 7-10pm during the gallery hop and run through Aug. 29, 2015.

Artworks Gallery features “CEO CHEERLEADERS: pop portraits” by Mike Foley; and “Rurality: Here and There”, paintings by Cindy Taplin. Exhibit dates are Aug. 2 – 29, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 7, 7-10 pm.

For more information on the Dada first Friday August Gallery Hop, sign up for the free arts e-letter, visit our website at (http://dadaws.org/), Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

DADA, the neighborhood organization of the Downtown Art District, presents first Friday Gallery Hops, supports the eclectic shops, galleries, businesses and residences throughout the Downtown Art District Association and cultivates a real-time community of artists living their dream to present art in a neighborhood community. For more information on DADA, volunteer and support opportunities please e-mail to (info@dadaws.org) or call 336/734-1864. DADA is a non-profit organization supporting the arts community from the Downtown Art District and beyond.

Winston-Salem, NC’s Innovative New Urban Park Reimagines the Term “Green Space”

May 13, 2015

From the towering red “smokestacks” that intermittently release clouds of water vapor (lighted at night) to the “artist performance shelter” that’s sculpted from silvery steel bands, downtown Winston-Salem’s latest attraction, dubbed ARTivity on the Green, is an eye-opening and smile-inducing new breed of public space.

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The half-acre park, which sits between the city’s vibrant Arts District and Wake Forest University’s sprawling Innovation Quarter, was created through a private grant and spearheaded by Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS), a local nonprofit dedicated to making the arts accessible for everyone.

ARTivity on the Green officially opened on May 9, 2015, accompanied by a large crowd, live music, food vendors and a dignitary-studded ribbon-cutting.

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“We wanted to create a space that speaks to Winston-Salem’s reputation as ‘The City of Arts and Innovation,’” said Harry Knabb, chairman and chief executive of AFAS, “while at the same time paying tribute to its industrial, tobacco-and-textiles past.”

Hence, the faux smokestacks and the liberal use of metal throughout the park – including rectilinear steel benches that resemble sawhorses.

Other unique features include sodded berms designed for lounging or picnicking; a large wall that will host murals by local artists; and eight-inch-wide red lines painted on the surrounding sidewalks to lead visitors into the park.

Another impressive fact: the entire ARTivity Park project, which cost $2 million (and came in on budget), is a completely home-grown effort.  Architectural firm STITCH Design Group created the conceptual blueprints; Stimmel Associates handled the civil engineering and landscaping; and Frank L. Blum Construction Co. oversaw the actual construction.

Visitors to Winston-Salem can find the park easily; it’s situated on Liberty Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets, in the heart of downtown.

For more information, visit (www.theafasgroup.com).

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Artist Talk with Jeff Whetstone – May 28, 2015

May 13, 2015

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The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC,  will offer a Talk @ SECCA Talk Series: Artist Talk with Jeff Whetstone, on Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 6pm.

How does contemporary art reflect the context of place and our relationship to it?

Jeff Whetstone, artist and Professor of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss his artworks in “Alternative Modernisms” and the narrative and performative dimensions of  picturing regionalism and folk culture.

The talk will take place in the living room of the historic Hanes house at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For further info call 336/725-1904 or visit (www.secca.org).

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, Welcomes Gordon Peterson as its New Executive Director

April 30, 2015

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“I am thrilled that Gordon Peterson has taken on this important role,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources (DCR). “His enthusiasm for the arts and for the Winston-Salem community are an asset to his new position.”

A marketing consultant, Peterson also serves on the SECU Family House Board in Chapel Hill, the Advisory Board for Triad Stage and the Clemmons Friends of the Library Board. He served six years on the Piedmont Opera Board and formerly served on the boards of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Reynolda House Docents and was president of the SECCA Foundation. He is currently a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

“Gordon Peterson brings imagination, experience and a lively energy to SECCA at a time when community engagement and growth are central priorities,” said Lawrence J. Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

A graduate of the University of NC School of Journalism, Peterson has spent the majority of his career in the advertising agency business, both in New York and North Carolina. His experience and extensive skill sets include arts management, both museum and board leadership; strategic planning; fundraising; finance; education and community relations.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with the talented staff here at SECCA to help fulfill its mission of bringing art, technology and engagement to enhance perspectives, inspire our community and ignite new ideas,” said Peterson.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit (www.secca.org). SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is improve our state’s quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (www.ncdcr.gov).

Three Winston-Salem, NC, Arts and Cultural Groups Present “Art for the Holidays” – Starting Dec. 5, 2014

November 16, 2014

Three Winston-Salem, NC, arts and cultural organizations have joined forces this year under the banner, “Art for the Holidays,” to promote books, arts and crafts as unique, affordable holiday gifts. Bookmarks, Associated Artists, and Sawtooth School for Visual Art are collaborating on “Art for the Holidays” that begins Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 10am in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts with the launch of the 25th annual Deck the Halls arts and fine crafts sale – a tradition for many Winston-Salem holiday shoppers.

Beginning at 4pm and running until 8pm, on the same day, Bookmarks will offer books and book crafts by local vendors and artists. Persons attending Bookmarks “Holiday Bazaar” in Reynolds Place at the Rhodes Center may purchase signed first editions, handmade crafts including cards, handmade journals, and artwork, as well as books for persons from preschool age to grandparents. Vendors of handmade journals, pens, cards, bookshelves, bookends, artwork surrounding books and reading, etc. are still needed for this event. Additional information is available at (www.bookmarksnc.org).

At 5pm, Associated Artists will host the opening reception for its “100 – The More the Merrier” exhibition in the Womble Carlyle Gallery.  This exhibit features original art works that are priced at no more than $100.   The exhibition will run through Jan. 4, 2015.

Also featured at 5pm is a special holiday treat co-sponsored by Downtown Winston Salem Partnership and The Arts Council who are providing entertainment for holiday shoppers with the inclusion of TubaChristmas. This group of 15 local tuba enthusiasts, directed by Matt Ransom, will greet visitors to Art for the Holidays with holiday tunes between 5-6pm.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has assisted in coordinating the three separate events into a unique local shopping opportunity. “More and more, we are seeing arts organizations in Winston-Salem collaborate and with great success.  We are, in fact, an arts community, and this is an exciting trend – one which we are encouraging and looking for ways to facilitate,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council.

All events will be in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public. The Milton Rhodes Center is located at 251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Parking is available for a modest fee in The Arts Council parking lot directly across from the Milton Rhodes Center, on street, and in nearby parking decks.

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 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.  The Arts Council has made a total of 76 grants totaling $1,845,000 for 2015.  Organizational Support Grants, $1,615,000; Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants, $100,000; Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants, $30,000; Innovative Project Grants, $100,000.

For additional information, please contact Katherine Bowman, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1465 or e-mail to (kbowman@intothearts.org).

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

October 16, 2014

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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).

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, Calls for Entries for 3rd Annual North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition – Deadline Aug. 15, 2014

July 29, 2014

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Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for ages 21-40, has scheduled its third annual “North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition” on view from Oct. 17 – Nov. 29, 2014, and is issuing a call for art work.

Emerging artists from across the state working in all media are encouraged to submit one to five original works or one comprehensive project for consideration. Artists must be at least 18 and are required to submit a description of the work (materials, dimensions, date), an artist statement, and a biography. All submission materials must be digital and submitted to (ewalmsley@intothearts.org) by Aug. 15, 2014.

This year’s exhibit will have a select panel of jurors from museums, galleries, and universities. Kelly Bennett, co-chair of Art Nouveau Winston Salem, said, “Besides encouraging emerging artists from our city and throughout North Carolina, the exhibition gives them an opportunity to expose their work to a larger, more diverse audience than they ordinarily may enjoy, to raise their visibility and to develop contacts that will enhance their careers.”

The exhibition, at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, is free and will open with a public reception, 6-8pm, Friday, Oct. 17.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem provides leadership opportunities for its members while engaging younger arts audiences and helping develop, support and sustain the arts in Winston-Salem.

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, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, strengthens cultural resources, develops social capital, and aids economic development. In its 2012 grant cycle, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 21 Funded Partners totaling $1,625,000. Grants made in its four grant categories totaled $1,801,150, and it also made it possible for funded partners to receive about a quarter million dollars in advertising opportunities with local media through its Advertising Assistance program.

For more information, please contact, Eliza Walmsley, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1422 or e-mail to (ewalmsley@intothearts.org).

Public Art by Major 20th Century Sculptors Installed at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC – Mar. 19, 2014

March 6, 2014

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Works by two major 20th century sculptors have been installed at the Spruce Street entrance to the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. “These are described in the art world as ‘important pieces,’” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of the Arts Council, “and the sites selected by The Arts Council in collaboration with the City of Winston-Salem could hardly be better.”

The celebration of the installation of the works by Chuck Ginnever and Beverly Pepper will be held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 11am, Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014. Arts Council and City of Winston-Salem officials will participate. The public is invited.

The naturally weathered steel sculpture, titled “Dovecote,” by abstract modernist Chuck Ginnever was a gift to the city by the late Betsy Babcock. Created in the early 1970s, it was displayed for a time in Winston Square Park. In its new, permanent location, it sits upon a concrete pad with stainless steel moorings. Ginnever’s work is found in major museums in the United States and throughout the world. “Dovecote” is composed of irregular rectangles and lends itself to viewing from many perspectives. As sited, the viewer is free to move around it for visual exploration.
“We see the installation of ‘Dovecote,’” said Sparrow, “as the beginning of a strategic partnership between The Arts Council, the greater arts community and the City of Winston-Salem to bring people and art together in public spaces – not only in conscious settings designed to provoke thought and inspire but in ways that quietly but decidedly enhance esthetics and the quality of everyday life in the city.”

Mayor Allen Joines pointed to the city’s moniker, saying, “We are a City of Arts and Innovation and we want those words to be more than just a slogan on a ‘Welcome to Winston-Salem’ sign. Public art throughout the city is one way of making ‘City of the Arts’ a meaningful statement about ourselves. I see the installation of these sculptures as giant steps forward. Works by Ginnever and Pepper are found in the world’s greatest art museums, including the Metropolitan, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Now through the generosity of Charlotte and Phil Hanes and Betsy Babcock, we have works by these artists here in downtown Winston-Salem for all to enjoy. Certainly this is a reason for celebration,” Joines said.

The Beverly Pepper sculpture was a gift to The Arts Council by Charlotte Hanes and the late Philip Hanes.  Pepper, now 92, is renowned for her metal sculptures and is an art world icon who splits her time between New York and Italy. Her site-specific public art pieces are enjoyed by visitors to Central Park, on Park Avenue, in Paris and Florence and in other venues throughout the US and the world.  The delicate cast iron work by Pepper that is now installed at The Milton Rhodes Center emerges from the ground as a cylindrical pedestal from which two thin, vertical prongs rise. The work was cast more than three decades ago and titled “Pythias Presence.”  It is one of eight similar sculptures in Pepper’s Moline Marker Series.

“Now the task before us is to look for additional opportunities for the creation of public art for our residents and visitors to embrace and enjoy.  What we do about public art going forward will speak volumes about us, and it is great to be able to celebrate this collaborative effort with the city and contemplate future projects that involve the city, our residents and our diverse communities,” said Sparrow.

Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live. 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. In 2013, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 19 Funded Partners totaling $1,675,000 and other grants brought the total awarded to $1,905,000.

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“Dovecote,” a metal sculpture by renowned artist Chuck Ginnever, now displayed at the Spruce Street entrance to the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

For further info contact Carroll Leggett, Public Relations/Public Affairs at The Arts Council by calling 336/831-5788 or e-mail to (cleggett@triad.rr.com).