WFU tops last year’s Arts Council campaign

Wake Forest staff and faculty have contributed nearly $28,000 in the annual campaign for The Arts Council of Winton-Salem, topping the $26,000 contributed last year.

Led by professor of art David Finn, the formal stage of the Reynolda Campus campaign took place in March and April. Staff and faculty still wanting to contribute to the current campaign may give through Sept. 30 by visiting the Arts Council’s website at

Romance Languages received recognition as the department which has the most  new donors, while the School of Divinity was honored as the school with the most new donors. The Arts Council gave a “special honorable mention” to the Athletics Department for several new donors. In all, Wake Forest added 29 new donors to the campaign this year.

Locally, The Arts Council’s 2012 overall campaign goal is $2.35 million. It will support 21 arts organizations, such as the Piedmont Opera, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Hispanic Arts Initiative. In addition to providing annual operating support for artists and arts organizations, the Arts Council supports such projects as the “City of Arts and Innovation” branding campaign, as well as the ongoing operation of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.