Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Student “Spring Arts Extravaganza” Opens Wednesday, March 7
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is showcasing student art at a Spring Arts Extravaganza, Mar. 7 -14, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. The opening reception is 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 9. The show and the reception are both free and open to the public.
Opening reception is 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 9
Arts Extravaganza is sponsored by Modern Automotive in collaboration with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. Modern Automotive’s “Artists of the Future” contest winners and certificate recipients will be announced at the opening reception Mar. 9.
The “Extravaganza” is one of the region’s largest and most popular art shows and features the best artwork from elementary, middle schools and high schools in the system, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Hundreds of students, parents and family members, teachers and arts enthusiasts attend.
Each year The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County partners with the schools by providing “Arts in Education” grants sponsored by Wells Fargo that benefit every child in the school system. “We feel privileged to host this event at the Milton Rhodes Center and help make it possible for residents of the county to see the high level of arts instruction our students receive,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of the Arts Council. “We believe strongly in the educational value of the arts across all disciplines. The investment that members of this community makes to arts in the schools through its contributions to The Arts Council’s Community Fund for the Arts each year is money exceedingly well spent.”
Art by elementary students will be exhibited in Reynolds Place in the Milton Rhodes Center, and artwork by middle and high school students will be displayed in the Davis Gallery of the Sawtooth School, which is located in the Center as well.
Modern Automotive, which has six dealerships in the region with its flagship operation, Modern Chevrolet, in Winston-Salem, will award Sawtooth School scholarships valued at $250 each to winners in each division along with a family membership to Sawtooth. In addition, the students will appear in a TV commercial for the company. Runners up will receive student memberships in the Sawtooth School. The art teachers of the three winners will receive certificates to purchase supplies at Dick Blick Art Materials.
Opening night will have a special, hands-on art activity for kids, and children may take their work home as souvenirs.
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.