Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County Presents Five Awards at Annual Meeting
Winston-Salem, NC (October 28, 2019) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County has held its annual meeting at the Hanesbrands Theatre in The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. It made five awards, including the prestigious Arts Council Award which honored Winston-Salem businessman and longtime arts advocate William G. (Bill) Benton . Benton received this award for his lifetime commitment to volunteer service and for making an extraordinary impact and contribution to the arts in our community.
Larry Barron (LB The Poet) and Susana McCalley, writer and actor, received the R. Philip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award which is given to a person or persons 40 years of age or younger who has exemplified volunteer dedication, contributions and leadership and furthered the missions of arts and cultural entities of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
The Arts Educator Excellence Award went to Jamie Allbritten, Artistic Director of Piedmont Opera. This award is presented to an educator or teaching artist who is enriching the education of the community’s youth and inspiring the next generation of artists, patrons and creative individuals.
Wake Forest Baptist Health received the Arts-Integrated Workplace Award which recognizes a local company for its exemplary efforts to integrate the arts into all facets of their corporate culture and employees’ lives.
The AT&T Strategic Vision Partner Award went to the Piedmont Wind Symphony whose programs continue to expand the reach of the arts in the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County community .
Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.