Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. Receives Grant from
The Winston-Salem Foundation
(Winston-Salem, NC) The Board of Directors and Staff on behalf of our Supporting and Exhibiting Members are pleased to announce that Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. has been awarded a grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation. This grant for $25,000 will support Piedmont Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary History Project. The funds for the grant were provided by the Charles Babcock, Jr. Field of Interest Fund, the Eisenberg Family Fund for Arts and Culture and the Vicki Van Liere Helms Art Fund.
Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. grew out of a series of kitchen table conversations held by a small group of makers of fine craft and lovers of quality examples of our material culture. The guild has been nurtured and strengthened over its 48+ year history by the ongoing dialogue between makers and collectors, and among fellow craftsmen as well as fellow craft lovers. November 2013 will mark our 50th Anniversary. In keeping with our missionas an education and arts organization that is dedicated to the promotion of fine traditional and contemporary craft/arts through a wide variety of educational and membership activities and services for the benefit of the community, the 50thAnniversary History Project will dovetail with all aspects of Piedmont Craftsmen’s programming. The focus will be on creating multi-media content that can be used in numerous settings and presented to a variety of audiences. We envision producing a series of articles, photographic storyboards, and multi-media, web ready “modules” that explore our 50 year history, our crafts artists, founding and supporting members, as well as a look at the contemporary craft scene.
The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 by Colonel Francis Fries with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of over $276 million at the end of 2011. In 2011, the Foundation granted more than $20.8 million to charitable causes, over $2.1 million of which was in Community Grants.