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75th Anniversary

Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
Celebrating 75 Years of Supporting the Arts

August 9, 2024 marks Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County's 75th Anniversary. Established with $7,200 of seed money from the Junior League of Winston-Salem, Arts Council has been a pioneering force in uplifting, creating awareness, and providing support to grow and sustain artistic, cultural, and creative offerings throughout the region. This momentous anniversary will include a year-long celebration of events and initiatives designed to engage our community, honor our rich legacy, and inspire future support for the arts. Join us for a year-long celebration!

Community Celebrations

Check back regularly for more programming set to take place through August 2025. 


Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 15 • 1-8pm

Join Triad Cultural Arts for the Juneteenth Festival on June 15 at Innovation Quarter. Biotech Place will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include gospel music, merchandise vendors, community displays, health discussions and a sponsor meet and greet. Bailey Park events will run from 1 to 8 p.m. and will include R&B and jazz music, African dance, youth performances, merchandise vendors, and more.

The Martha Bassett Show:
Live at Tanglewood Park

Sunday, June 16 • 2-5pm

Join Arts Council for cupcakes at The Martha Bassett Show: Live at Tanglewood Park concert. This free and family friendly concert will be a part of the weekend kicking off the yearlong celebration of Arts Council's 75th anniversary season. 

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Patriotic Pops with
Piedmont Wind Symphony 

Sunday, June 30 • 7:30-9:30pm

Join the Piedmont Wind Symphony for Patriotic Pops in the Pit. A FREE Patriotic Concert at the Coal Pit with Incendiary Brewing. Enjoy patriotic favorites like the Stars & Stripes Forever. Bring family, friends, and lawn chairs and enjoy our local downtown businesses for food, drinks, and more!

If you or your organization would like to participate in our Community Celebrations, please contact Mary Dossinger, 75th Anniversary Project Manager at

Arts Enduring Capital Campaign 

Honoring the Past. Securing the Future.

Arts Council, the first and oldest arts council in the United States, has launched a capital campaign to celebrate its 75th anniversary year. This historic campaign aims to support the capital needs of pre-existing facilities, ensuring they remain vibrant and functional hubs for artistic expression. By addressing critical infrastructure requirements, the campaign will not only preserve the rich cultural heritage of the community but also secure a sustainable future for the arts. This initiative underscores the council's unwavering commitment to fostering creativity and enriching the cultural landscape for generations to come.

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Hanesbrands Theatre - $1M
Mountcastle Forum - $500K

Lighting = $325K

Audio = $100K

Infrastructure = $225K

BTS = $200k

Misc. = $150K

Capital Reserve - $1.5M

Endowment = $500K

Facility = $400K

Misc. = $100K

Lighting = $50K

Audio = $40K

Infrastructure = $150K

BTS = $200k

Misc. = $60K

Join Us in Celebrating 75 Years of Arts and Culture!

As we commemorate our 75th anniversary, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County invites you to be a part of our historic capital campaign, "Arts Enduring: Honoring the Past. Securing the Future.” Since 1949, we have been a steadfast advocate for the arts and cultural sector, fostering creativity and enriching the lives of countless individuals. This special campaign is dedicated to addressing the capital needs of our pre-existing facilities, ensuring they continue to serve as vibrant, accessible spaces for artistic expression and community engagement. Your generous support will help us:


  • Preserve Our Heritage: Maintain and upgrade our treasured arts venues, honoring the rich history and cultural legacy of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

  • Ensure Sustainability: Invest in infrastructure improvements that will enhance operational efficiency and accessibility, securing a sustainable future for the arts.

  • Foster Creativity: Provide artists, performers, and cultural organizations with state-of-the-art facilities to create, innovate, and inspire.


How You Can Make a Difference

By contributing to this campaign, you become an integral part of our mission to sustain and elevate the arts. Your donation will directly impact the longevity and vitality of our arts community, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.


  • Major Gifts: Consider making a transformative contribution that will significantly impact our capital projects and ensure the success of our campaign.

  • Naming Opportunities: Honor a loved one or celebrate your commitment to the arts with a named gift that supports specific spaces or programs within our facilities.

  • Sustaining Donations: Make a recurring donation that provides ongoing support for our infrastructure needs and long-term sustainability efforts


To support the fund, please contact:

Katie Hall

Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Development 336.722.1421

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