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Nonprofit of the Month: The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Each month, the PMA Blog will feature a nonprofit that is doing exceptional work locally, in our broader region or nationally. The selected nonprofit will typically feature programming that is timely and speaks to issues facing us all.

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PMA is pleased to feature The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County as our “Nonprofit of the Month” for August. Established in 1949, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was the first locally established arts council in the US. The Arts Council enriches the quality of life for people in Winston-Salem and neighboring communities by raising funds for the arts, advocating for the arts, sponsoring events in conjunction with other arts organizations, providing educational opportunities, strengthening cultural resources, developing social capital, and aiding economic development.

Currently, the Arts Council is focused on three exciting initiatives:

  • Power2Give: Power2Give is a project of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and was designed by the Arts & Science Council (ASC). power2give.org empowers individuals to give directly to arts projects that they are passionate about. Examples of arts organization seeking funding through Power2Give include (but are not limited to): UNC School of Art Foundation, The Enrichment Center and Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance. You can donate here.
  • Creative Economy: The Arts Council strongly believes in the importance arts and culture sector in the local economy. According the Arts Council’s website, the arts industry in Forsyth County has grown significantly in the last ten years, from a $77 million industry in 2000 to a $104 million industry. More than 3,800 full-time equivalent jobs have been created in the arts, up from 2,700 in 2000. You can help invest in the creative economy here.
  • Annual Campaign: The Arts Council’s 2012 Annual Campaign for the Arts is coming to an end. Gifts made through September 30, 2012 will be counted as part of the 2011-2012 Campaign. Watch the Campaign YouTube Video.

Would you like to get involved with the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County? Here are six ways you can make an impact: