The Arts

International art winner from Ghana (Samuel Antwi – seen center), with Dr. Edward Dapaah (right) and Samuel’s guardian (left)

With the explosive growth in the arts community in Winston-Salem, we must acknowledge the opportunities for sharing the talent of our local artists with those around the world. We must realize the educational and economic impact that the arts have contributed to our city for many years and we have partnered with several cities to display the creativity of artists of all ages.

Each year Winston-Salem Sister Cities conducts its “Young Artist Showcase”. The Showcase exhibits art work from our Sister Cities and our local schools. The art work, centered on a theme, is submitted from participants from our local high schools as well as students from our 5 Sister Cities. Submissions are displayed in a downtown exhibit during the month of April.


This page will be a resource for local educational institutions to learn how they can take advantage of the relationships that the City of Winston-Salem has established with its Sister Cities.

In 2015-16, Winston-Salem’s Atkins HS created a global partnership with schools in Freeport Bahamas, and in Moldova for the first Sister Cities global chess partnership. Students from these schools played each other on an online chess website throughout the year, and the partnership culminated with an in-person visit from the Freeport team to Winston-Salem. They toured Atkins HS, the city of Winston-Salem, and the two schools played an in-person chess match on the eve of the NC State Chess Scholastic tournament. You can read more about this event here. For more information on how you can take advantage of these relationships, please contact the City of Winston-Salem Sister Cities Board.

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