59 Grants Awarded to Support the Work of Artists in a Five-County Triad Region
Counties include Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph
Winston-Salem, NC – Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and ArtsGreensboro are proud to announce Artist Support Grants, totaling $84,500, were awarded to 59 artists in Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph counties to support professional and artistic development. The grants are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, as part of a statewide initiative to support artists. Included in the list of grantees are seven filmmakers supported by the Elliott Bowles Memorial Fund of the North Carolina Arts Foundation.
“Over the last couple of months, Arts Council has worked closely with ArtsGreensboro to focus on supporting individual artists across Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford and Randolph counties,” said Chase Law, President and CEO of Arts Council. “Through this process, 265 applicants submitted requests for the Artist Support Grant which demonstrates the ongoing need to provide financially for artists during the pandemic and beyond. Thanks to the North Carolina Arts Council and Elliott Bowles Memorial Fund of the North Carolina Arts Foundation, we are fortunate to be able to support 59 artists through this offering. By working with ArtsGreensboro, we are furthering our mission to serve artists across Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”
"I am pleased we had such a rich and diverse group of Artist Support applicants. The creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship of the final grantees are remarkable,” commented Laura Way, ArtsGreensboro President/CEO. “Our five-county region had more applicants and awardees than anywhere else in the state of North Carolina—a testament to the commitment and tenacity of our artists to live, work, and create in our region. The Artist Support Grants are the bedrock to our ability to support artists. We thank our funders, supporters, colleagues, and the North Carolina Arts Council for making the grant program possible."
More than 250 applications were received, with awards ranging from $400 to $2,000 in the following disciplines: visual arts and crafts, literature, film, dance, music, performing arts, and spoken word.
Grantee Alberto Gonzalez of Randolph County states, “I am very excited to have received the Artist Support Grant, which will improve the production of my company, AV Creative Studios. Without the financial support, I would not be able to fund for myself in these strange and tough times. This grant will allow me to bring my vision to life: launching my photo work line to promote my art in various mediums and exploring my craft as an evolving artist. I am grateful for the opportunity given.” (www.avcreatives.co )
Grantees by county:
DAVIDSON COUNTY (1)
DAVIE COUNTY (2)
FORSYTH COUNTY (16)
Janelle Di Lizio
Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs
GUILFORD COUNTY (37)
Ashley Virginia Buffa
Steven M. Cozart
Anna Luisa Daigneault
Angela L. Gunter
Korinn Annette Jefferies
Elijah Miller Zithobile Nxumalo Kelley O'Brien Derek Palacio Katie Wall Podracky Constance Reynolds Jenna Rice Alexis Rodriguez Karl Ronnevik Watricia Shuler Julia Ridley Smith Ann Tilley Angela Tripp April Whiting Daron Whitmore antoine Williams RANDOLPH COUNTY (3) Cara Bevan Alberto Gonzalez Chris Thompson
The lead arts councils, ArtsGreensboro and Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, administered the grant process and conducted a review panel to determine awardees. More information about these grant recipients can be found on ArtsGreensboro and Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s websites.
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About Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Arts Council’s goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain the arts and cultural offerings throughout our region, ultimately bringing our community together and making it a great place to live, work and play. https://www.intothearts.org/
ArtsGreensboro invests in programs that provide access to the arts for all citizens, supports arts integration in our schools, builds capacity for our arts community, and unifies the community through the power of the arts. www.ArtsGreensboro.org
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state's longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow's creative citizens through arts education. www.NCArts.org