The Foothills Arts Council and its associate member the Elkin Valley Fiddlers announced the receipt of grants from the Winston-Salem Foundation for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The grants are made possible by funds provided by the Richard T. Chatham Fund.
The arts council’s grant of $2,400 will go toward a new music series, Intermezzo, which seeks to add on to the many programs already slated for its garden. The Intermezzo series was developed to make good use of the new bandshell being constructed as an Eagle Scout project by Jacob Bellia in the back garden area at 129 Church St., Elkin.
The first event to be held in the bandshell is its dedication from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. Special musical guest will be Time Sawyer. The event will be free and will feature a special art installation of the Garden Peace Post project.
In December, the Intermezzo series will continue during the arts council’s Open Air Art Market on Dec. 4 and 5. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, the Luke Mears Band will be playing under the bandshell and from 7 to 9 p.m., The Easy Street Brothers will be jazzing up the art market. On Saturday, the musical acts will be Angie Caswell from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Larry Davis from noon to 1:30p.m. and George Smith from 2 to 3:30p.m. Keary Reid will be the featured musician inside the arts council. The Open Air Art Market has free admission with many local and regional artists, heritage crafts, food, beer and wine to jump-start the holiday season.
In May 2016, a special Teen Musician Showcase is being planned with prizes and bragging rights up for grabs. The contest is slated for May 7.
The Elkin Valley Fiddlers received a $2,000 from the foundation to assist in its May 14, 2016, traditional roots music festival and contra dances throughout the year.
For more information on all the arts council’s upcoming events and those of its associate members, see the website www.foothillsartscouncil.org.