The arts

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.


We will serve as a resource for local businesses and organizations to learn how they can take advantage of the relationships that the City of Winston-Salem has established with its Sister Cities in order to build and strengthen cultural and economic partnerships with those cities.

In the past, our Sister Cities Board has sponsored economic exchanges with our Sister Cites of Ungheni and Kumasi. Kumasi sent a trade mission that studied the local economy for business opportunities in textiles, agricultural processing and lumber and furniture. Moldova sent representatives of their wine industry to study wine production and distribution in North Carolina.


We will serve as 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.

Winston-Salem Sister Cities is raising funds to assist our Sister City, Ungheni in the Republic of Moldova.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine into Europe. Ungheni has been particularly affected by this refugee crisis. As one of the primary border crossings and only train connection into the European Union, Ungheni has had to support a disproportionately high number of refugees.

Any assistance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Literally every penny counts.

The Winston-Salem Sister Cities Board meets monthly. If you are interested in becoming a member or patron of Winston-Salem Sister Cities, please visit our Contact page and complete the form.

For additional information on Winston-Salem Sister Cities activities, please visit our News page.