13 Feb 13
- AUTHOR Magalie Yacinthe
- CATEGORY In the News
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. Names Interim Director
Winston-Salem, NC (February 11,2013) – Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. has named Daphne Holmes-Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts (WSDFA) Board, as interim Executive Director beginning February 15, 2013. She will serve until the Board finds a person to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Dianne Caesar. WSDFA Board Chair Cynthia W. Jeffries noted that among Caesar’s accomplishments during her 10-year tenure were significant collaborations with noted artists such as Elizabeth Catlett and Dr. Maya Angelou and shows featuring local and national artists from the African-American community.
Jeffries said that going forward Delta Fine Arts will focus on both artistic excellence and sustainability. “Like almost every other arts group, we have felt the pinch of this tough economy. It is not surprising that after forty years, we should look at our operating model and determine how to make it more effective. New leadership will be tasked with making sure we are on sound financial ground and creating innovative programming consistent with our service mission and our unique position in the Winston-Salem arts community,” said Jeffries.
Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. was established in 1972 as an independent, non-profit, 501©(3), organization from members of the Winston–Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The mission of the organization is to enrich the lives of neighborhood and area residents by stimulating interest throughout the entire community in American arts and humanities, with emphasis on the contributions of African-Americans.
Delta Fine Arts continues to provide unique cultural and educational programming through a year-round program of exhibitions, performances, and special projects in the areas of visual arts, music, literature, history and folk arts. The organization has also made donations to public collections in the state and to Winston-Salem State University, and its contribution of furniture made by cabinetmaker Thomas Day to the NC Museum of History was the beginning of the Museum’s substantial collection of Day furniture. WSDFA is a Funded Partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and receives grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and Winston-Salem Foundation. Information about WSDFA and the Delta Arts Center including current exhibitions may be found throughout the site.
For additional information, please contact:
Cynthia W. Jeffries (336) 767-6276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Daphne Holmes-Johnson (336) 722-2625