"Winston-Salem, NC (October 1, 2014) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County wrapped up is 2014 Annual Campaign yesterday and met its ambitious $2.65 million goal. “Again, the residents of this city and county have demonstrated their amazing generosity and their appreciation for how the arts enrich our lives every day,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council. “We are so very grateful.” This was The Arts Council’s largest stand-alone campaign in its history.
Jeff Lindsay, Chief Operating Officer at Novant Health, chaired the campaign. “Jeff was given an ambitious goal, and he put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the campaign,” said Steve Berlin, Arts Council Board Chair. “As a result of his work, and that of the Campaign Cabinet, Arts Council staff and hundreds of volunteers, we met our goal and will be able to fully fund our grants programs totaling almost two million dollars.”
“I thank everyone whose generosity and tireless energy helped achieve this goal,” said Lindsay. “This is one of many significant milestones along the way to building a community that fosters innovative growth and arts opportunities for everyone. Because of our community's commitment, the arts are alive and well in this City of Arts and Innovation!”
Eighty-one arts organizations and individual artists are slated to receive grants from The Arts Council in the coming year. After Arts Council staff notify grant recipients individually of their awards for 2015 year, they will announce the grants made in each of four categories: Operational Support Grants, Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education Grants, Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grants and Innovative Projects Grants.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Winston-Salem’s robust arts community accounts in large part for the recognition the city continues to receive as a great place to live, work and play. The Arts Council enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural opportunities, develops social capital, builds cultural bridges and aids economic development."
- A Press Release