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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).

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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).

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, to Launch 2014 Annual Campaign Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

January 8, 2014

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The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, will launch its $2.65 million 2014 Annual Campaign at 8am, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Reynolds Place in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Arts Council President and CEO Jim Sparrow says the public is invited for a continental breakfast at 7:30am and the kickoff at 8am. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how The Arts Council enriches the life of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County residents every day,” said Sparrow. “When you hear what is being accomplished through the arts in education, in economic development and jobs, and in quality of life you understand how important The Arts Council Annual Campaign is to this community.”

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Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, is chairing The Arts Council’s 2014 Annual Campaign.

Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, is chairing The Arts Council’s 2014 Annual Campaign. Lindsay has served on The Arts Council’s Board of Trustees since 2012 and has championed the arts as an integral thread in the fabric of our community.  Lindsay will introduce his vision for the campaign as well as the members of the cabinet that have been assembled to ensure that Arts Council volunteers meet their goal.

Steve Berlin, Chair of the Arts Council Board of Trustees, said the kickoff of the Annual Campaign is always a hallmark event in the Winston-Salem arts community. “It is when we remind ourselves of how important the arts are to our community and how imperative it is that they receive strong financial support from a broad cross-section of our residents. It is an opportunity to remind ourselves of why we bill our community as a ‘City of Arts and Innovation’ and the effort that is required for us to live up to that promise.”

The 2014 Campaign goal is $2.65 million and is a volunteer-driven effort. Funds raised through The Arts Council’s Annual Campaign provide Organizational Support Grants for The Arts Council’s 19 Funded Partners as well as grants for arts-in-education projects in Forsyth County schools and for individual artists in Forsyth County and five adjacent counties.

“As a corporate leader, I know the importance of the arts to business,” said Lindsay. “The arts not only are a cornerstone of job creation and economic impact, but they create the vibrancy that allows us to attract and retain the human capital that fuels our industries and reputation as a leader in innovation.”

“As a father, I know the transformative power the arts can have on our children. And as a healthcare professional, I have experienced the link between the arts, medicine and the science of healing.”

Lindsay has chosen to continue for a second year the campaign theme of  “The Arts: Enriching Your Life Every Day.” He hopes to inspire giving to reach the $2.65 million campaign goal by focusing on The Arts Council’s impact on the daily lives of individuals throughout our community.

“Jeff Lindsay is one of the busiest corporate executives and community leaders in Winston-Salem,” said Berlin.  “We are privileged that he has made The Arts Council’s Annual Campaign a top priority during 2014.”

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 its 2013 grant cycle, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 19 Funded Partners totaling $1,675,000; other grants brought the total awarded to $2,017,000.

For additional information, please contact Carroll Leggett, Public Relations/Public Affairs by calling 336/831-5788 or e-mail to (cleggett@triad.rr.com) or call Katherine Bowman, The Arts Council at 336/747-1465 or e-mail to (kbowman@intothearts.org)

Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, Elects New Board Chair and Trustees

September 30, 2013

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, has named Steve Berlin, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend law firm, its new Chair, succeeding Tom Ingram, who has served for the last two years. It also elected eight new Trustees at its annual meeting.

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Steve Berlin, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm and new Chair of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Berlin is a specialist in environmental law and has been recognized nationally in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise. He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and is immediate past Vice Chair of The Arts Council, Chair of Winston-Salem Business Inc., Past President of the Forsyth County Bar Association, and Past President of the Enrichment Center.

New Arts Council Trustees are Amogh  Bhonde, Plant Director, Winston Service Center Siemens Energy; Ron Evans, Corporate Vice President of Manufacturing Technology, B/E Aerospace; Natasha Gore, Executive Director, ECHO Network; Sue Henderson, Senior Vice President, Regional Managing Director, Triad West Region, Wells Fargo Private Bank; Mike Lancaster, Vice President, Construction Services, Frank L. Blum Construction Co.; Anc Newman, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Services; Stuart Parks, Owner and Managing Principal, The Arden Group; Wade Weast, Dean of the  School of Music, UNC School of the Arts; and Allison C. Perkins, Executive Director, Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Trustee terms run from 2013-2016, and Arts Council trustees may serve two consecutive three year-terms.

Seven trustees retired from The Arts Council Board and were recognized for their service at The Arts Council’s annual meeting. They are Hunter Douglas, Randy Eaddy, Mike Ernst, Siobhan Olson, Leon Porter, Randall Tuttle and Merritt Vale.

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.

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

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, to Hold 2013 Annual Meeting – Sept. 26, 2013

September 24, 2013

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, will hold it’s 2013 Annual Meeting on Sept. 26, 2013, at 8am at Reynolds Place, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, located at 251 N Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

Each year The Arts Council gathers for its annual meeting to take stock of the year past and to conduct official business of The Arts Council. Board Chair Tom Ingram will preside.

On the agenda:
Report by Arts Council Chair

Announcement of new Board Chair and Trustees

Recognition of retiring Trustees

Announcement of 2013-2014 Arts Council Grants
Report on the 2013 annual campaign that concludes September 30

Presentation of three Annual Awards and one special individual award for service to the arts community

Refreshments will be served immediately preceding the meeting.

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

Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Online Auction of Select Art from RJR Tobacco Company Collection

August 12, 2011

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, which is the beneficiary of some 3,000 pieces of artwork from the corporate  collection of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, will put selected major pieces on display in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. An online auction for the artwork will begin that day and conclude Sept. 24, 2011. Bids may be placed by going to (www.winstonsalemartauction.com).

Many of the works are by local and North Carolina artists, including Claude Howell, Maud Gatewood, Elsie Popkin, Edd Presnell and Catherine Ryan. They include oils, watercolors, prints, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles.  The bulk of the collection will be sold at a public sale Feb. 10-12, 2012. For questions regarding the collection, please send e-mail to (cnew@intothearts.org).

“The generosity of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company will benefit a host of local arts organizations and individual artists who receive grants from The Arts Council,” said Milton Rhodes, President and CEO of The Arts Council. “Many of the works by local artists will be of interest to people in the community. Rather than being in storage, they will be in hands of those who appreciate and enjoy them.

“Because of the large number of pieces, the logistics of all this are daunting,” said Rhodes. “The February sale will offer hundreds of pieces of artwork and collectables at reasonable prices. We want to get this art back into the community at affordable prices, while maximizing the value of this opportunity and its benefit to the arts community we serve.”

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was established in 1949 and was the first locally established arts council in the United States. The Arts Council enriches the quality of life for people in Winston-Salem and neighboring communities by raising funds for the arts, advocating for the arts, sponsoring events in conjunction with other arts organizations, providing educational opportunities, strengthening cultural resources, developing social capital, and aiding economic development. In 2010, The Arts Council awarded more than $1.825 million in grants to 42 arts and cultural organizations and 19 individual artists.

For additional information, please contact Christine Gorelick by calling 336/722-2585, Ext. 1123 or e-mail to (cgorelick@intothearts.org). You can also visit (http://www.intothearts.org/).