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Who We Are

We are the first and oldest Arts Council in the nation.

Founded in 1949, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County supports, elevates, and amplifies artistic, cultural, and creative ventures throughout the region.


Arts Council is 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 artistic, cultural and creative offerings throughout our region.


We acknowledge that it takes every voice, every talent, and every story to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Arts Council is committed to serving as a facilitator, organizer, and promoter of conversations that are authentic, inclusive, and forward-thinking.

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The Arts in Our Community

Arts Council's Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund | René Vasquez