Location: Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
251 N. Spruce Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was founded in 1949 as the first arts council in the nation. Today, it serves as the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Our goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain the arts and cultural offerings throughout our region, ultimately bringing our community together and making it a great place to live, work and play. Annually, over 4,000 individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities support our community programs that serve over 800,000 people.
We promote, support, and develop the arts in Forsyth County ensuring that they are a vital presence for all of our diverse community members. We provide a variety of support services including direct and indirect funding to assist individual artists, arts organizations and the community-at-large. We do so because studies have shown that arts have positive societal impacts on communities from education, health and wellness, safety, to economic development.
We are unique to our city in that we own and operate three arts facilities that are strategic community assets. They include the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts located at 251 N. Spruce Street, Hanesbrands Theatre located at 209 N. Spruce Street, and The Arts Council Extension Building located at 419 N. Spruce Street, which is home to the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem and the NC Black Repertory Company. These facilities lie in the heart of our downtown’s theatre district and are used by numerous arts organizations, community entities, and individuals, adding to the fabric of a thriving downtown for businesses and citizens alike. In addition to our on-campus programs, we are committed to providing accessible arts and cultural programs for all in our community. For more than 30 years, our hallmark Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education grant program ensures that over 30,000 local public-school children are exposed to professional arts programs, master classes, exhibitions, and performances. We work closely with the WSFCS Arts Program managers and lead arts teachers to ensure that arts programs meet their needs and curriculum standards. For the past 6 years, we have collaborated with Forsyth County to produce the annual Summer Parks Series that brings live musical performances to parks in Kernersville and Clemmons reaching over 25,000 attendees.
Contact Person: Dara Silver
Phone: (336) 747-1421