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Arts Council Seeking Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year

Winston-Salem, NC (April 6, 2018) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is seeking applications for Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education grants for its 2018-2019 grant cycle. An information session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in the Hanes Conference Room in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street.  First-time applicants are especially urged to attend. The deadline for applying is Friday, May 4, by 5:00 p.m., for projects taking place October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019.

These grants, which are funded by Wells Fargo and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, are available to artists and arts organizations for programs that awaken the intellectual and creative curiosity of elementary, middle and high school students.  Programs for students in public, private and charter schools are all eligible for funding, Last year grants ranged from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of about $5,000.

Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager for The Arts Council, said Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education grants provide more than 40,000 interactions with children in WS/FC public schools each year. “Studies have shown that the arts lower the dropout rate and transform the lives of young people,” she said.  “Exposure to the arts can improve self-esteem and problem solving skills as well as foster creative development and appreciation for the diversity of a community. Students enriched with arts education score higher on standardized tests and go on to bring creativity and diverse thinking into the workplace.”

For more information about Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant or to discuss potential projects, contact Dara Silver, Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at 336-747-1426 or  Applications can be downloaded here.

Winston-Salem’s robust arts community enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play.  It raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.

For additional information, please contact

Dara Silver Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager 336.747.1426

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