Get Involved

Art is a language that cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers. The arts nourish our souls and are essential to the quality of our lives. Calling ourselves The City of Arts and Innovation speaks to our collective commitment and serves as a constant reminder that promoting the arts in our community requires a strong and continuing public-private partnership.  The Arts Council believes the arts, in fact, are for everyone, beginning with our children and continuing throughout lifetimes.

Be a part of the future of our City of Arts and Innovation!

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Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have embraced arts and innovation as core tenets, making it more important than ever to connect people and create forums for them to engage and share ideas. The Arts Council recognizes its role as a convener through which people can create meaningful relationships, become personally involved and shape the future of our community.

Arts Council Engagement Opportunities:


Creative Conversations Network

Each month, The Arts Council in partnership with the Triad Podcast Network will bring you a new podcast featuring area leaders and industry experts.  From stories of our own past and present to inspiration from other communities, the conversations will focus on building community through the arts.  In addition, the Creative Conversations Network will be invited to join in the conversation through a quarterly speaker series where we’ll hear inspiration from national leaders and start a dialogue about how we can put the lessons learned to work for our community.

Want to be a part of the conversation?  Join The Arts Council’s Creative Conversations Network by emailing “Sign me up” to


ANWS (Art Nouveau Winston-Salem)


By building awareness of cultural opportunities and encouraging participation, ANWS strives to cultivate a community of young people with a commitment to supporting the future of arts and artists in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. ANWS works closely with The Arts Council’s corporate partners and reaches newcomers through their workplaces, welcoming young people to the community personally, educating them about arts and culture opportunities in the city, and pointing them towards the things that they are looking for.

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Sponsored by: WestRock,Wake Forest University, Excalibur, and Barclays


Renaissance and 1949 Societies


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The Renaissance Society recognizes the generosity of our donors that give $1,000 or more annually and seeks to deepen their emersion in the arts. The 1949 Society honors donors of $1,949 or more and pays homage to the year The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County was formed – the first in the nation. Members join a network of more than 400 individuals and families that enjoy exclusive invitations to private events and behind-the-scenes arts experiences as well as special offers, discounts and parking privileges.

Sponsored by: Kilpatrick Townsend


Get Involved through your Workplace

The Arts Council also custom designs engagement opportunities for the employees of its corporate partners. From group volunteer efforts to team-building exercises, The Arts Council and its Funded Partners offer a variety of ways employees can sample getting involved in the arts. We also offer monthly listings of events and programming that can be used in employee communications to encourage participation and immerse employees and their families in the community. Championing the vibrant quality of life we enjoy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has proven effective in recruiting and retaining employees that are invested in our community. – 336.722.2585

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Six Reasons to Get Involved with The Arts Council

  1. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, founded in 1949, was the FIRST Arts Council in the country, serving as the model for more than 4,000 others to follow across the nation.
  2. The Arts Council works to ensure that our community’s quality of life is nurtured and enhanced through a broad array of cultural and artistic activities, which are the qualities that attract the best professionals and keep them in our community.
  3. Arts Council Grants fund artists and arts organizations who take programs into local K-12 classroom and work with students to enhance the standard course of study. Arts Council Funded Partner and Arts-In-Education programs reach all 42 elementary schools in the WS/FC School System an average of 4 times per year.
  4. Nonprofit arts in Forsyth County have a tremendous impact on our local economy as a $136 million industry. Total tax revenues generated by arts related nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County are more than $13 million.
  5. There are approximately 14,800 creative industry jobs in the Triad, firmly establishing Forsyth and Guilford countries as the creative employment centers of the region.
  6. The Arts Council gave 76 grants totaling $1,845 for the year 2014-2015 to individuals and arts organizations. The Arts Council also supports the operation and maintenance of The Arts Council Theatre at Hanes Community Center, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the Hanesbrands Theatre.

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