Each year, countless individuals and organizations contribute to the vitality and diversity of our local arts scene. Arts Council's Annual Awards are an opportunity to recognize these champions and to celebrate them. This year, have much to be grateful for, and we hope the community will help us recognize individuals and organizations that make Winston-Salem and Forsyth County a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Arts Council Award

The Arts Council Award to recognize an individual who exhibits a significant commitment to volunteer service and has made a lasting impact on our arts community.

Arts Educator Excellence Award

The Arts Educator Excellence Award to recognize an educator or teaching artist who has enriched the education of our community’s youth and inspired the next generation of artists, patrons and creative individuals.

Arts-Integrated Workplace Award

The Arts-Integrated Workplace Award to recognize a local business, non-profit or government workplace for its exemplary efforts to integrate the arts into its workplace culture and employees’ lives.

R. Philip Hanes, Jr.  Young Leader Award

The R. Philip Hanes Junior Young Leader Award recognizes an individual under 40 years old whose time, talent and energy have furthered the mission of supporting and promoting the arts and culture of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, leaving a legacy of service for future young leaders and for the future of the arts in this community.

Arts Partner Award

The Arts Partner Award will recognize an arts or cultural organization that is of high artistic quality and serves to enhance life in our community through the arts. This award pays special attention to both long-standing programs and organizations that have played a consistent role in the community and new organizations and programs that meet a previously unmet community need or focus area.

 
PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
Arts Council Award

The honoree(s) selected as the recipient(s) of the Arts Council Award has exhibited a strong commitment of volunteer service and has made a significant impact and contribution to the arts in our community.

2020 – Dale Pollick

2019 – Bill Benton

2018 – Frank and Susan Dickerson

2017 – Steve Berlin

2016 – Bonnie Poindexter

2015 – Nathan Ross Freeman

2014 – Simona Atkins Allen

2013 – Lynn & Barry Eisenberg

2012 – Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin

2011 – Rob & Sarah Simon

2010 – Siobhan Olson

2009 – Sue Henderson

2008 – J.D. and Janie Wilson

2007 – Peggy Reingold and Allen Joines

2006 – Bill Benton

R. Philip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award

The honoree selected as the recipient of this recognition award is 40 years of age or younger and has exemplified volunteer dedication, contributions and leadership.  The time, talent and energy demonstrated by this young leader has furthered the missions of arts and cultural entities of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and has left a legacy of service for future young leaders as well as for the future development of the cultural resources of our community.

2020 – Magalie Yacinthe

2019 – Larry Barron (LB The Poet) and 

            Suzy McCalley

2018 – Rachel Schroeder

2017 – Matt Troy

2016 - John Bowhers

2015 – Lawren Desai

2014 – Philip Pledger

2013 – Ed Hanes, Jr.

2012 – Rebecca Nussbaum

2011 – Andy Tennille

2010 – Kelly Maxner

2009 – Cheryl Lindsay

2008 – Ryan Opel

2007 – Chevara Orrin and Marlon Hubbard

2002 – Jeff Smith

2001 – Richard Emmett

Arts Educator Excellence Award

The Arts Educator Excellence Award recognizes an educator or teaching artist who has enriched the education of our community’s youth and inspired the next generation of artists, patrons and creative individuals.

2020 – Rachel Watson, Winston-Salem Symphony

2019 – Jaime Allbritten, Piedmont Opera

2018 – Phyllis Dunning, Retired Arts Educator

2017 – Christina Soriano (Wake Forest University)

2016 –  Amanda Gordon (Diggs-Latham Elementary)

2015 – Peter Wilbur (Arts Based School)

Arts-Integrated Workplace

This award recognizes a local company for their exemplary efforts to integrate the arts into all facets of their corporate culture and employees’ lives.

2020 – Hanesbrands

2019 – Wake Forest Baptist Health

2018 – Capital Bank

2016 –  Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center