LNew ARTS Wake Forest Name Better Exemplifies Its Many Endeavors
A Wake Forest nonprofit that puts the arts first in the community, is now putting the arts first in its new name. Wake Forest ARTS has changed its name and updated its logo to ARTS Wake Forest (AWF).
For 28 years, the organization has supported and enhanced a
strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination
of arts and cultural activities, and the group believes its new name will help
it gain greater awareness as an independent, all-volunteer organization.
“Events presented by ARTS Wake Forest bring arts to our
community and provide opportunities for established and emerging artists, while
also encouraging creativity, innovation and interaction,” said Mary Petretich,
ARTS Wake Forest president. “This subtle but significant name change, along
with a new logo, puts the emphasis where it belongs – on the arts.”
The group’s new logo, designed by AWF Board Member Bill
Cokas’ branding agency Strategic Insights in Wake Forest, conveys the many
different art forms supported by the nonprofit – music, drama, film, dance and
the written word.
The nonprofit was started in 1990 by a group of community
volunteers who called it the Wake Forest Cultural Arts Association. Today, it
produces a variety of concerts and events throughout the year, many
free-of-charge, that help unify Wake Forest’s growing community.
Best known for its founding of the Six Sundays in Spring
concert series, AWF recently introduced the Wake Forest Dance Festival which
presented its second free performance at Joyner Park in September. Other events
presented by AWF includes Neck of the Woods performance series and the Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market.
AWF also provides scholarships for emerging artists in the
Wake Forest Children’s Choir and student participants of the Wake Forest Dance
To benefit cultural
events and educational programs of AWF, a fundraiser is
planned for March 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Arti
Gras will be a Mardi Gras celebration with dinner, dancing, and a
ARTS Wake Forest is
funded through support from the Town of Wake Forest, grants, business and
individual contributions, and corporate sponsorships.