Facilities and Principal Venues
located at 419 N. Spruce Street
Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrands Theatre anchor the premier Arts Campus owned and operated by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Our arts and culture complex, at 251 North Spruce Street, includes Hanesbrands Theatre, a multi-functional, black box theatre; the historic Sawtooth Building; and the multi-dimensional Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
The Arts Campus extends one block north to The Arts Council Extension (the ACE Building) at 419 North Spruce Street, which serves as administrative, box office and rehearsal space for The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem and the NC Black Repertory Theatre Company.
The original structure of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts is over 100 years old and was the home to Shamrock Mills, which later became Hanes Hosiery. Today, this facility is “home” to the Sawtooth School for Visual Art and its diverse offerings of instruction and programming and to Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. The facility also offers an on-site coffee shop, Coffee Park Arts.
The Arts Campus’ facilities also provide key venues for the staging and hosting of numerous cultural festivals and series, and other major community events. Within the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, renovated and transformed in 2019, you will find:
Reynolds Place Theatre, also a multi-functional, black box theatre;
An enhanced Mountcastle Forum/Theatre that provides a third smaller theatrical venue for simultaneous performances with those that may be ongoing in Reynolds Place Theatre;
The dynamic Arboreal Gallery (with its spectacular ArtisTree) that is curated with art exhibitions year round;
The Community Arts Gift Shop that features works by local artisans from across the community; and
A patron services center that supports the entire complex.
The long and growing list of major campus events include The National Black Theatre Festival; the RiverRun 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 has become “the community’s artistic living room”.