On Monday, January 29, 2018, nearly 200 people gathered at the Hanesbrands Theatre to kick-off the new 2018 Community Fund for the Arts campaign, and hear guest speaker Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions at ArtPrize – the largest public art festival in the world. ArtPrize takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a community about the size of Winston-Salem, and attracts more than 500,000 attendees, generating $28 million in annual economic impact. ArtPrize serves as a great example of what a community can do to disrupt current models of how a community can support the arts and broaden arts audiences. We hope that everyone who attended left inspired to think about unique ways in which this community can evolve its support for the arts. To hear more of Kevin Buist’s message, please listen to our podcast with him.
Our 2018 co-chairs, Cheryl Lindsay Director, Human Resources & Inclusion/Diversity at Hanesbrands, and Bill Benton, chief executive of Salem Senior Housing also announced The Arts Council’s goal to raise $2.5 million in sustainable support for the arts in Forsyth County. The campaign will run through the end of The Arts Council’s fiscal year, September 30, 2018. Over the course of the next eight months, The Arts Council will conduct nearly 50 workplace campaigns, including major employers like WS/FCS, Wake Baptist Medical Center, Novant, and Wake Forest University, and appeal to thousands of individuals and companies to support grant programs that provide operational support for 25 cultural partners, 36,000 experiences through arts programs in the schools, grants to artists at a pivotal point in the career, and much more. Please consider helping us by making a donation, helping to start a workplace campaign, or volunteering.