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ARTS COUNCIL OF WINSTON-SALEM AND FORSYTH COUNTY ANNOUNCES 10 MINI-GRANTS

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has announced its first round of 2016 grants made through its Community Enrichment Mini-Grant initiative. These awards provide community groups and individuals with grants up to $500 to infuse the arts into all segments of the community, promote creativity, provide greater access to the arts and bring people together.

Wells Fargo, which already funds The Arts Council’s $100,000 Arts-in-Education award program, is increasing its giving this year to sponsor the Community Enrichment Mini-Grants.

In this round of Community Enrichment Mini-Grants, The Arts Council received 15 applications and selected 10 to receive awards of $500 each.

Projects selected: ABC of NC will collaborate with K Wood, a local artist and former art teacher, to work with the children enrolled in ABC of NC’s academic program to create original art using a variety of media and techniques.

Clemmons Elementary School Afterschool Art Program will have Mary Crockett, local artist, work with 60 students to create a variety of artworks which will be on display in downtown Clemmons in May 2016.

Dale Link and Friends will make quilts this spring and summer for 500 Pre-K students at 12 schools.

Forsyth Education Partnership in collaboration with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will present the 8th annual Poet Laureate Competition for high school students and host a reception for all participating students. A chapbook will be printed with all poetry submissions and paired with student artwork.

Helen Simoneau Danse will present “On Site/ In Site: A downtown Winston-Salem Dance Festival” a three-day dance festival May 5-7 and free to the community.

Lotus & Phoenix Dance will present “Global Dance Journey for Seniors,” a one-hour program of cultural dances and hands-on movement for seniors in retirement communities.

NC Brass Band will perform a concert at Ardmore Baptist Church on May 22, open to the public. The concert will feature works of the traditional brass band genre, transcriptions of music for orchestra, wind band, and choir as well as other styles such as jazz and pop.

Piedmont Chamber Singers will present a concert entitled “Liberty” at Ardmore Baptist Church on April 23.

Piedmont Craftsmen will partner with Habitat for Humanity to create public art in collaboration with the community around the 14th Street and University Parkway area.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County High School Theatre Students will present the 2nd Annual Twin City High School Excellence in Theatre Arts (THETA) Awards on May 20.

UNCG AND TRIAD STAGE ANNOUNCE EXPANDED PARTNERSHIP

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and Triad Stage have announced plans to create a formal partnership that will capitalize on the capabilities, connections and histories of both organizations.

The partnership will provide new curricular opportunities, enhance SMTD recruitment efforts and build a bridge to the profession for students, while providing top talent for Triad Stage to draw upon for its artistic productions.

As the largest professional theater in the region, Triad Stage has been an important partner of UNCG since the theater’s inception. The new, formalized partnership is built on a history of collaboration between the two organizations, which dates back to Triad Stage’s 2002 inaugural production of “Suddenly Last Summer” featuring a UNCG graduate student and a UNCG alumna.

Over the course of the next year, Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director Preston Lane and Founding Managing Director Richard Whittington will serve as SMTD’s artists in residence. The two will teach courses and will open the doors of Triad Stage to UNCG students in formal and informal ways. This semester, Whittington is working to develop a theater management course that will be part of SMTD’s new arts administration major.

“Part of what originally attracted Rich and I to choose Greensboro as the artistic home for our professional theater was the presence of so many quality institutions for higher education,” Lane said. “We are so fortunate to have UNCG and its MFA programs in acting, directing and design from which to draw talent.”

Throughout its 15-season history, Triad Stage has provided professional opportunities to more than 250 UNCG students and has been an artistic home for UNCG alumni to come back to and share their talents. The theater is also a major employer of UNCG alumni, including current Triad Stage Resident Stage Manager Emily Mails ’06, Company Manager Ramon Perez ’12 and Costume Shop Manager Jennifer Stanley ’00, among others. !

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