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WS/FCS Student “Spring Arts Extravaganza” is March 3-11

WS/FCS Student “Spring Arts Extravaganza” is March 3-11 One of region’s most popular annual art shows

Winston-Salem, NC (March 1, 2021) – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, in collaboration with Modern Automotive, will showcase student art at a Spring Arts Extravaganza, Tuesday, March 3, through Thursday, March 11, in the Hanesbrands Theater in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts located at 251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The “Extravaganza” features the best artwork from the school system, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

The public is invited, but reservations are required this year and observance of COVID-19 protocols. In years past, hundreds of students, parents and family members, teachers and arts enthusiasts have attended. The 2021 Arts Extravaganza will operate like many of the great museums and galleries around the world during this pandemic by requiring timed tickets to encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures, including the following requirements:

Visitors must reserve a timed ticket to access the collection.

A maximum of 5 people per reservation (including children).

What is asked of visitors:

• Maintain 6-foot social distancing at all times.

• Wear a mask or cloth face covering.

• Wash hands frequently and take advantage of hand-sanitizer stations.

• Follow all directional arrows on the floor.

• Notify staff of any concerns or questions.

Any reservation holder who has had a fever or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, is asked to please return on another day for the safety of other guests.

Visitors can reserve timed tickets for March 3 -11

Monday - Friday 12 p.m. -7:00 p.m. (last entry time is 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry time is 5:30 p.m.)

To reserve tickets, go to

The show has three divisions: Elementary, Middle School and High School with prizes awarded in each division. Judging is by Modern Automotive representatives Wednesday, March 3, and ribbons placed.

Three winners will receive a $250 Sawtooth School scholarship from Modern Automotive. Sawtooth School will present each winner with a one-year family membership. Modern will present three honorable mention artists with a one-year student membership to Sawtooth School and certificates to purchase supplies for their classrooms to the art teachers of the three first-place winners.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System considers touching every student with arts opportunities as one of its core missions. Studies have showed that arts strengthen the educational process, help keep at-risk students engaged, and create the kind of creative thinking that is important for success. The Arts Council, in partnership with Wells Fargo, provides “Arts in Education” grants that benefit nearly every child in the school system.

“The longstanding relationship between The Arts Council and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system is one to be celebrated. Our school system recognizes the importance of arts and culture and is committed to introducing it to our youth and integrating it into their educational experience," said Chase Law, President & CEO, who took the leadership role at the Arts Council in December. “We have been pioneers here in so many ways, one of which is providing quality arts instruction across all disciplines and ensuring that creativity enhances all academic programming.”

The Arts Council’s 2021 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign had a soft launch in January and is planning a community-wide hybrid in person and virtual kickoff event later this month. Support received by individuals, workplace campaigns, area businesses, foundations and others, ensures The Arts Council, the cultural sector and the school system can offer vital arts programming throughout the community and within our schools. We are committed to keeping the arts and cultural sector strong in our community, and ensuring that the arts are accessible to everyone in the county, and most especially in our schools,” said Law.

Modern Automotive, the corporate sponsor of the Spring Arts Extravaganza, has six dealerships in the region with its flagship operation, Modern Chevrolet, in Winston-Salem.

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