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Arts Council Announces 2013 Annual Award Winners
Winston-Salem, NC (September 26, 2013) -- The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has named its 2013 Annual Award winners. They are Lynn and Barry Eisenberg, The Arts Council Award; Festival Stage, Art Development Award; and Edward Hanes, Jr., R. Phillip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award.

Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin presented the Arts Council Award, which honors a person or persons who have exhibited a strong commitment to service and made a significant impact and contribution to the arts in our community, to Lynn and Barry Eisenbrg. This husband and wife team has served on numerous boards including the Arts Council, Piedmont Craftsmen, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have provided leadership and support to countless fundraising committees and celebratory events including the opening of the Stevens Center in 1982, the Giannini Society at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Arts Council’s Major Gifts Division of the Comprehensive Campaign.

Most recently, they assisted in collaboration between Brenner’s Children Hospital and the School of the Arts that resulted in the development of an organization that entertains and fosters healing for ill and recovering children. They were also instrumental in the creation of a program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center that brings art therapy to adult cancer patients.

“Perhaps one of their greatest strengths is the ability to find ways to bring institutions and people together for the betterment of our community,” said Sprinkle-Hamlin. “One thing is certain: their passion for the arts and their commitment to serve is nothing short of inspiring.”

Cheryl Lindsay presented the Arts Development Award to Festival Stage. This award and accompanying $1,000 grant recognizes a first-time innovative, collaborative project between at least one Arts Council Funded Partner and one or more community organizations designed to attract new arts and cultural audiences to participate in events in Forsyth County. Pedro Silva accepted the award on behalf of Festival Stage.

Festival Stage produced a play entitled “33 Variations”, a music-filled psychological drama of a young woman struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Produced in partnership with the Wake Forest University Theatre Department, the production included theatre students and artistic and production staff from the University, as well as professional actors. Audience discussions before and after the production not only revolved around the production itself, but in creating greater awareness of the disease. Festival Stage also reached out to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, bringing the medical community in Winston-Salem to the production.

“Through the collaboration between two great institutions, Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Festival Stage proved they not only provide great theatre, but they are also dedicated to building community,” said Lindsay.

Rebecca Nussbaum presented to State Representative Ed Hanes, Jr. the R. Philip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award for a person 40 or younger who has exemplified volunteer dedication and leadership and furthered the missions of arts and cultural entities of the community.

Beyond his board service, which includes the Winston-Salem Symphony, Twin City Stage, Piedmont Opera and the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum, Hanes has helped ensure that communities and children, no matter their economic circumstance, are exposed to the arts. He launched Winston-Salem Arts Magazine to provide a way for aspiring artists and arts organizations to have their work showcased. As a legislator, Hanes fought for the arts in Raleigh to ensure arts programs were not unduly impacted by budget cuts.

Nussbaum described Hanes as one of the most vocal supporters of the arts in Raleigh and said, “Promoting the arts is a seven-day a week mission in both his personal and professional life.” She noted that he and his family have established the O. Frank and Evelyn Hanes Foundation for the Arts & Education to bring arts performances into underserved communities. ”He is a role model for young leaders in our community,” she said.

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