City of the arts

Winston-Salem: City of Arts + Innovation

Winston-Salem is considered North Carolina’s City of the Arts. Home to the nation’s first Arts Council, the world-renowned North Carolina School of the Arts, and the National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem boasts a wealth of cultural offerings.

Local galleries and museums offer the region’s most impressive exhibits and stimulating programming. Visitors can experience the best in contemporary, historical, African-American and scientific exhibitions in North Carolina’s finest museums. Historic Old Salem preserves the past in a “living” museum while the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) offer classes and exhibits of various media. The Reynolda House is an impressive and varied collection of American art in the gracious historic estate of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds. SciWorks thrills children of all ages with interactive, hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and a 15-acre environmental park.

The Downtown Arts District at Sixth and Trade Streets is a growing community of eclectic galleries and craft shops. The Downtown area bustles with energy until late in the evening during the Gallery Hops which take place on the first Friday of each month. There are also weekly outdoor concert events from May to October with Alive after Five (Thursday), Fourth Street Jazz and Blues (Friday), and Summer on Trade (Saturday).

In 2002, the RiverRun International Film Festival chose to relocate to the facilities offered in Winston-Salem by the North Carolina School of the Arts. By 2004, there were over one hundred movies shown throughout Winston-Salem with nearly one quarter of the entries from international film makers. The festival includes huge parties as well as forums and panels with experienced filmmakers.

The Something for Everyone series brings some of Broadways’ best touring musicals and a variety of specialty acts for all ages to the stage at the Stevens Center . Take in a performance by the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, Piedmont Opera Theatre, the North Carolina School of the Arts or the community Little Theatre.

City of the arts links
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem
City of Arts and Innovation Events and Community site
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA
Artworks Gallery
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem
Carolina Music Ways
Downtown Arts District Association
Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership
Fiddle & Bow Society
Twin City Stage Theater
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)
National Black Theatre Festival
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
Museum of Anthropology
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
Piedmont Opera Theater
The Stevens Center of the North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem Symphony
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Sawtooth Center for Visual Art
Piedmont Wind Symphony
Piedmont Craftsmen
RiverRun International Film Festival