Meet the Emerging Leaders Network Team

Dara Silver

Vice President of Grant Programs & Partner Relations, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
251 N. Spruce Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Dara Silver is the Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She assists the President & CEO and provides support for the Board of Trustees, in addition to overseeing 9 grant and target initiative programs that make over 100 awards totaling $1.2 million. Special projects she has worked on include American for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 5, City of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s Public Art Commission, City of Winston-Salem’s STAR Community Program, and Family Services’ Family Violence Prevention Initiative.

In 2015, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamers’ Award from the City of Winston-Salem’s Human Relations Commission for her efforts in making a more inclusive arts community. This work includes reaching out to historically underserved parts of the community and non-traditional partners to ensure that Arts Council grant applicants and panelists mirror those of the whole community.

Dara earned her MPA from Appalachian State University, BA in Anthropology and Art History from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.  She currently resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Mike Silver, Deputy Commissioner with the NC Industrial Commission, and their daughter, Miriam. Dara was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Fayetteville, NC.