Facilities and Principal Venues
The Arts Council’s main arts and culture complex, at 251 North Spruce Street, includes the trend-setting Hanesbrands Theatre, which is a multi-functional, black box theatre; the historic Sawtooth Building; and the multi-dimensional Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Our facilities also include The Arts Council Extension (the ACE Building) just down the block at 419 North Spruce Street.
These facilities are “home” for the Sawtooth School for Visual Art and its diverse offerings of instruction and programming; the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem; the North Carolina Black Repertory Company; the Hispanic League of Winston-Salem; and Associated Artists of Winston-Salem.
Within the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, our recently added or transformed venues include: a second, multi-functional, black box theatre; an enhanced Mountcastle Forum that provides a third theatrical venue for simultaneous performances; an expanded art gallery that is curated year round; an arts gift shop that features works by local artisans from across the community; and a patron services center that supports our entire complex.
Our ownership and operation of these facilities also reflect our alignment with the community’s strategic decision to develop and enhance a series of small and intimate performing venues that focus on the needs of the community’s numerous, high-quality, resident arts organizations and artists who provide programming across a broad spectrum of theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts genres.
In our last fiscal year cycle (2017 to 2018), over 1024 public productions and exhibitions were held, in The Arts Council’s performing or exhibition venues. With our recent strategic additions and enhancements, those numbers will increase significantly in future years.
Our facilities also provide key venues for the staging and hosting of numerous cultural festivals and series and other major community events. The long and growing list of such major events includes The National Black Theatre Festival; the River Run International Film Festival; the Hispanic League’s Fiesta; and Bookmarks’ annual Festival of Books and Authors.
With our array of multi-functional venues where theatre, dance, music, film, visual and other arts experiences entertain, educate and enrich – and where diverse people converge throughout the year to share those experiences, fostering connections that build a spirit of community among them – The Arts Council’s complex of facilities is becoming “the community’s artistic living room”.