The Arts Council announces 2020 Regional Artist Project Grants

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Ten local artists receive total of $20,000 in grants

 WINSTON-SALEM —  The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County has announced the recipients of its 2020 Regional Artist Project Grants. A total of $20,000 was awarded to 10 local individual artists (or collaborative groups) to help them further their professional development. All recipients reside in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties. The grants are sponsored by The Arts Council with support by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

Randy Eaddy, president and CEO of The Arts Council, said, “This s one of our most dynamic and potentially impactful programs. Eligibility for grants spans five broad artistic genres. Our grants panel, which is comprised of an Arts Council Board member and a diverse cross section of representatives from the greater arts community, reviews the applications strategically, with supporting the careers of area artists at pivotal points in their professional lives foremost in their minds.”

The five genres, or disciplines, that are eligible for grants are music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting, choreography/dance and visual art/craft. Artists must be over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program.

2020 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients

 • Michael Anderson (music) $2,000 — To produce an album containing a collection of original songs that reflect on physical and mental postures.

• Tony Artimisi (music) $2,000 — To construct an online drum sampling kit for studio recording purposes.

• Destiny Brothers (music) $2,000 — To record and produce an urban jazz album.

• Grant Coversano (film) $3,000 — To complete a research project that will conduct interviews with LGBTQ youth growing up in the American South and will serve as the basis for a narrative film.

• Nicole Lawson (dance) $1,000 — To convert a solo work that explores internalized racism and white privilege, into a dance film.

• Cheryl Ann Lipstreu (visual art) $1,500 — To attend the World Bodypainting Festival in Klagenfurt, Austria.

• Jazmine Moore (visual art) $2,000 — To produce an illustrated children’s book for kids who have experienced trauma.

• John Ray (music) $2,000 — To assist with the promotion and marketing of his band’s live-recorded album featuring progressive jazz.

• Michael Tyson (music) $2,000 — To record and produce his band’s album featuring Americana storytelling songs.

• Cory Williams (visual art) $2,500 — To help scale sculpture into works of public art.

For more information about Regional Artist Project Grants contact Dara Silver, The Arts Council’s vice president of grant programs and partner relations, at 336-747-1426 or