Arts Council Engagement Society to Talk Arts in Education

By Staff

The Arts Council Engagement Society (ACES) will host its next Community Conversation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. The topic is “Arts in Education,” and a panel of community educators will share their experiences. ACES gatherings are free and open to the public. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and interact with panelists.

ARTS-COUNCIL-4C-NEWACES was created by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County last year to provide an avenue for residents to have personal interaction with arts organizations, avail themselves of volunteer opportunities and be advocates for arts and cultural groups whose interests align with theirs.

“We have assembled an outstanding panel of arts educators from our community, and each has something different to bring to the discussion,” said Susan Morris, Director of Community Engagement for The Arts Council. “We want to share the value of arts and education in our community and demonstrate how learning is enriched by the arts in public schools, charter schools, and enrichment programs for youth and adults.”

Panelists represent arts education programs that engage a variety of students in the Winston Salem and Forsyth County community. They include the following:

  • Dr. AmyBith Harlee, Curriculum Coordinator at RJ Reynolds High School, an Arts Magnet School
  • Peter Wilbur, K-4 music and middle school film teacher at The Arts Based School
  • Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, Artistic Director at the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus
  • Mike Lindentahal, Visual Arts Teacher at The Enrichment Center

“The Arts Council annually allocates more than $100,000 for Arts-in-Education grants,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council. “We invite community input to help with our programming decisions. This is an opportunity for teachers, parents, arts enthusiasts, and others to better understand what is happening in our community and to share their viewpoints.”

You can find out more about the Arts Council Engagement Society on their website,