City Manager’s Office - May 16, 2014
The city and the Arts Council are partnering on a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to enhance the public art the city commissioned last year in honor of Winston-Salem’s centennial.
The campaign is seeking to raise $6,000 and is being conducted through power2give.org, a crowdfunding website site for the arts. The Arts Council will match every dollar donated through the campaign, which will run May 16 through August 15.
The money would finance pedestals for the two free-standing stainless-steel columns being created by Greensboro artist Vandorn Hinnant. The columns, comprising isosceles triangles, represent Salem and Winston and will be inscribed with text and images commemorating significant historical figures and events. They are to be placed in Corpening Plaza.
The City Council commissioned the art as part of its celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of Winston and Salem under a single municipal government, and allocated $30,000 from the city’s public art fund for the project.
Mounting the columns on raised pedestals would give the art greater visibility and make it easier for viewers to read text at the base of the sculpture, said Evan Raleigh, the assistant to City Manager Lee Garrity, who is overseeing the project.
“The Arts Council approached us to explore ways it could support our public art initiative,” Raleigh said. “We are excited by the opportunity to use power2give to crowdfund the pedestals, and especially grateful that the Arts Council will match the donations.”
Donors who give $25 will receive a copy of the line-art poster created for the centennial, which depicts prominent Winston-Salem landmarks, businesses and institutions. Donors who give $50 will receive a framed, signed and numbered centennial tile, handmade by renowned local artist Ron Propst.
The Arts Council has previously used power2give.org to support such organizations as the Piedmont Opera, Carolina Music Ways and the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance.
To learn more about the centennial public art and to donate, go to power2give.org and use the “Choose Your State” and “Choose Your Community” drop-down menus.