Winston Salem Visitor Guide - 2018 - 14
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CREATIVE SPACE Art for Art's Sake (AFAS) Center
for the Arts and adjoining ARTivity on the Green.
FIND CULTURE AND CREATIVITY AT EVERY TURN
BY: NANCY OAKLEY
ome credit the source of Winston-Salem's creative
spirit to indigenous peoples who settled along the
banks of the nearby Yadkin River. You can see some
of their decorated pots at the Wake Forest University
Museum of Anthropology. Others suggest that later arrivals to
the area, the 18th-century Moravian settlers, are responsible for
establishing an environment where the arts flourish. Skilled at
pottery, tinsmithing, music, and more, their handiwork is beautifully
displayed at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at
Old Salem Museums & Gardens, where costumed interpreters
also re-create works in traditional Moravian styles.
But that's just the beginning of the arts story here. The
Moravian influence spawned arts associations so that by
1949, Winston-Salem seemed a likely place for the birth of the
country's first arts council. Today, radiating from the heart of
downtown, creative energy is at every turn, from the plays
performed at the adjacent Hanesbrands Theatre to the RiverRun
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International Film Festival held every spring.
There's no denying that art begets art in a close-knit
community such as this. Visitors often plan stays around
performances of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont
Opera, Twin City Stage, and the Little Theatre, plus hundreds of
intimate performances at the University of North Carolina School
of the Arts, and free outdoor shows in the summertime.
Get hands-on in The Olio's glassblowing workshops or
Sawtooth School for Visual Art's classes for all ages. Find
inspiration in the Downtown Arts District's galleries, and explore
African art at Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University
and the Delta Arts Center. And don't miss Reynolda House
Museum of American Art, whose permanent collection includes
some of the finest examples of 19th- and 20th-century works,
or the acclaimed rotating exhibits at Southeastern Center for
Contemporary Art (SECCA).
Art doesn't just live in Winston-Salem - it thrives.