Education in the Community

Hands, Home, HeART

A Partnership with Forsyth Co. Habitat for Humanity

The early 20th century British designer William Morris said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  He also said, “I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.”    Piedmont Craftsmen poses the question – Shouldn’t everyone have the opportunity to have useful things of beauty in their lives?

For many in our community it is a dream to simply have a home.  For Habitat’s Partner Families, the dream is within sight.  During the year prior to becoming a home owner, these individuals must put in hundreds of hours in sweat equity and they must take classes called “Homeworks”, to prepare them for home ownership.  "Hand, Home, HeART" explores the idea of home as a sanctuary.  Piedmont Craftsmen’s and other Winston-Salem artists are leading artistic classes, open to all the adults and teens in the Partner Families, held at Habitat’s home on Witt Street.

Based on several meetings with an advisory panel made up of Partner Families, we plan to offer seven to eight different projects/classes.   Artists who have agreed to be part of this program include: Kathy Cooper, floorcloth artist; Veronica and David Bennett, stained glass; fiber artist, Paige Cox; and mixed media artists, Bryant Holsenbeck and Jan Detter.  Other artists will be contacted as project themes are decided.

This project was made possible, in part, with funding by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the R. J. Reynolds Foundation.