ARTSfest Inspires Public Art Donation to City of the Arts!
The thousands expected to turn out for the 5th Biennial West End ARTSfest in Grace Court this September 24th will witness what art enthusiasts hope will spurn a tradition of public art acquisitions in the City of the Arts. It is the culmination of a groundswell effort by citizen volunteers to help broaden Winston-Salem’s art appeal. The enthusiastic support of Triad area businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and individuals has helped to produce five biennial ARTSfests and to commission a work of art to commemorate this collaborative effort. We appreciate the efforts of the city Planning Department in initiating the development of a public art donation policy and the other city departments that supported this project.
The public art donation is the first of its kind in recent history and will be unveiled and presented to Mayor Allen Joines by representatives of Historic West End ARTSfest and West End Association, which co-funded the project. The sculpture, entitled “Looking Back,” was created by Walnut Cove artist Joseph Anderson, and depicts a stylized bird glancing over its shoulder, representing what Anderson describes as “a nod to the history of the area and to Grace Court.” The artist has embodied both abstract simplicity and
Victorian elegance in the graceful lines of his structure, bridging the contemporary and historic significance of the park to past, present, and future generations. The sculpture donation ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, during the5th biennial ARTSfest event in Grace Court, featuring over sixty NC fine artisan vendors, musicians and performers, children’s activities and local food vendors. Co-chair and co-founder Kathy Stanley encourages the public to come out and “make a day of it.”Grace Court is located at the intersection of Glade Street and W. Fourth Street in Winston-Salem, NC. Parking and admission are free. (No dogs, please). Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) For information, call (336) 748-0260 or visit www.arts