DADA Support Local Winston Salem Artists, Businesses, and Restaurants

"DADA" Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem, North Carolina In 1998 a group of local artists, musicians, independent businesses and local residents put together their creative minds to form “DADA.” (Downtown Arts District Of Winston-Salem) For over a decade now this non-profit group has been providing a much needed service to the local community and the public at large, promoting the exciting arts district that has sprung up between “Sixth And Trade Streets.” They bring the community together on a monthly basis for “First Friday Gallery Hop” with special gallery openings, receptions, demonstrations and extended evening hours for most shops and art studios. The organization also creates wonderful holiday displays and hosts musical and dance performances throughout the community.

DADA is staffed with volunteers whose collective goal is to change common and old fashioned perceptions about Winston-Salem solely being a sort of “outpost” community for the tobacco trade. The creative and ultra hip downtown arts district has been home in recent years, to extensive urban renewal with galleries, restaurants, bars, yoga studios, coffee houses, antique dealerships, rotating sculpture installations, music venues etc. who are all now occupying brick buildings that were long boarded up and were seemingly forgotten. Rather than tear those buildings down they were lovingly restored and they stand alongside more traditional businesses from older generations. Some trade shops have been open for business since as far back as the 1930’s. By banding together and combing resources the development of an arts community has not only come to fruition but is growing stronger every day.

The area between “Sixth and Trade Streets” is easy to find and is confidently located one block away from the “Benton Convention Center.” So, even if you are in town for a conference please take the time to see the exciting things downtown Winston-Salem has to offer. For a full updated directory of DADA board members and supporting businesses, special events and downtown history please visit for more information. Support local businesses everywhere and when in town support DADA’s collective efforts to promote the arts and more independent trade in the community by just showing up and enjoying yourself in the “new and improved” downtown Winston-Salem area.