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How to Feed an Artist

Sponsored Partner: How to Feed An Artist/Garret Ollish

Arts Council is proud to serve as a fiscal agent for How to Feed an Artist.

How DO you feed an artist? For twenty years, the protagonist of our story, Mary Haglund, used her restaurant to feed the artists of her community, (Winston-Salem, NC) by employing them and supporting their artistic careers.

In many ways, this story is an honest and personal love letter to the restaurant industry: a literal life line for so many in the art community. An overwhelming number of emerging and even experienced, recognized artists cannot survive on commissions from their art alone and have to take on other jobs, many finding themselves in the food service industry. Mary's Diner is a powerful example of a family-owned restaurant that embraced the artistic community, then BECAME the artistic community. Through interviews of the artists who worked there or found Mary’s Diner to be their community nerve-center, as well as integrating the artwork of these artists within the body of the film, we will tell the story not just of Mary, but how the Diner, in that moment in time, influenced, changed, challenged, inspired, protected, and saved these artists. And how they saved Mary.

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Click the link above to make a gift online to support this project. All donations are fully-tax deductible and support this project directly. For larger gifts, please consider mailing a check.

Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County

251 N. Spruce Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Memo: How to Feed an Artist 

About Arts Council's Fiscal Sponsorships

In 2021, Arts Council launched a new service to the community by serving as a fiscal agent for projects that fulfil our mission as the chief advocate of arts and culture in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. A fiscal agent is an established IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that agrees to accept donations on behalf of a group that does not have IRS tax exemption. By serving as a fiscal agent for various local projects, we are better able to support the arts and cultural community by accepting funds on our partner's behalf and granting them back to our partner organization. This gives donors a tax deduction for their gift and helps for us to better fulfil our mission at Arts Council. 


Katie Hall

Chief Marketing Officer and VP, Development

(336) 747-1421

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