Arts Council Sponsors “Creative Conversations” Event with Gaelynn Lea: Winner of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest
Winston-Salem, NC (October 25, 2019) — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will continue its Creative Conversations series at 7:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 5, with an appearance by Gaelynn Lea, 2016 winner of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, at Hanesbrands Theatre.
Lea is a strong advocate for people with disabilities, and she is passionate about disability rights, accessibility in the arts, and living an authentic and meaningful life. She performs from an electric wheelchair and began playing violin 25 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her adapt a playing style that suits her frame. She holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies.
Since Lea won the NPR contest, she has been on the road speaking and playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. The singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in most of the 50 states and seven countries and graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center and House of Blues Chicago. Lea will be joined on November 5 in Winston-Salem by The Martha Bassett Show which will perform her original works.
The Arts Council Creative Conversations series consist of conversations focused on building community through art. Lea and Bassett will discuss Lea’s life and work as an artist.
Tickets are $30 including taxes and fees and are available at https://www.intothearts.org/events-info/Gaelynn-Lea. Hanesbrands Theatre is located at 209 N Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
In addition to The Arts Council, this Creative Conversations event is sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health and The Martha Bassett Show.
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.