Dara Silver

Adjunct Professor

Dara Silver is the Vice President of Grant Programs & Partner Relations at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Last year, she oversaw eight grant and target initiative programs that made 78 awards totaling $1.2 million. Special projects she has worked on include Americans 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. She currently serves on the Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council and Forsyth Futures Board.

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 M.P.A. from Appalachian State University, B.A. 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 North Carolina Industrial Commission, and their children, Miriam and Israel. Dara was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Fayetteville, NC.