WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (WGHP) – The IdeasCityWS Outfoor Festival was held in Winston-Salem this weekend.
Musical performances, interactive exhibits and panel discussions were presented in downtown Winston-Salem as Wake Forest University, the new museum and dozens of local community partners celebrated the culmination of a year of creative collaborations.
The festival, which was free and open to the public, ran from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bailey Park at 445 Patterson Ave. in the innovation district.
“We worked with local organizations to make this happen,” said Donovan Livingston, assistant dean of the Office of Academic Collaborations at Wake Forest University. “We really wanted to tap into the creative entrepreneurial ecosystem that already exists in Winston to highlight the beauty of what is already here, to showcase the people who are already working in the art, design, tech space. that address the needs of the community, to truly amplify the work they do and inspire new collaborations between our artists in the city.
Karen Wong, a native of Winston-Salem and former deputy director of the New Museum who was instrumental in planning the festival, said in a press release that it was gratifying for New Museum to be in partnership with Wake Forest .
“We have been featured and collaborated with local partners who show how Winston-Salem can build on its entrepreneurial community and support a growing creative economy,” said Wong. “The IdeasCityWS festival in Winston-Salem will be a day to share local talent, innovation and create a space of civic joy. “
New Museum launched its IdeasCity program which “considers the intersections between art, culture, design and technology as essential to the future vitality of cities” in 2011.
The museum has held festivals in cities around the world, including Athens, Greece; São Paulo, Brazil; Singapore; New York and New Orleans. Winston-Salem became the host city in 2020.
Wake Forest said that IdeasCityWS partners have organized a variety of events over the past year “to explore creative approaches to improve health and well-being, economic development and justice and equity. for members of the Winston-Salem community, ”including“ virtual beta bonfires ”amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual events paired New Museum’s NEW INC incubator with creators from Winston-Salem to explore artistic and entrepreneurial solutions to current problems.
The IdeasCityWS Marketplace of Ideas festival market is described as “an open-air fair with interactive exhibits from two dozen local creative organizations representing progressive contributions in the fields of art, technology, design and design. culture “.
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