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What is CCNC?



Creative Center moves all of Winston Salem forward creatively, utilizing the arts as the connecting catalyst. 


Through the lens of the arts and the creative act, Creative Center works to position Winston Salem/Forsyth County as an inclusive, forward-thinking community. Creative Center is a connecting agent that encourages, promotes, and advances innovative actions, collaborations, and fresh modes of thinking that include and benefit all of its residents.


We believe passionately that the arts and creativity play central roles to a more vibrant, equitable, and livable city.
We seek to bring all voices to the table as equals.
We believe in facilitating communication, cooperation, and collaboration.
We are silo busters who are not afraid to fail in the process of doing.
We promote and encourage experiments with radical intent.






“While growing up nearby, I viewed Winston-Salem as an amalgamation of New York, Paris and London.”

—Julian Robertson, New York, NY (September 12, 2019)




“Winston-Salem is a vortex of creativity. I’ve always felt it there. A special place in the world, in your part of North Carolina.”

—Martha de Laurentiis, Beverly Hills, California (April 16, 2020)




“As long as I can remember, Winston-Salem was always the cultural city of NC. It’s a key reason UNC School of the Arts is there–the innovative, can-do community saw the need for an arts school in the state and Southeast and created it there”

—Hon. Adelaide Alex Sink, Tampa FL (January 31, 2020)







Founding Board of Trustees

Creative Center of North Carolina, Inc. (CCNC) has recruited a diverse and highly talented Board of Trustees, who guide the organization in its mission and operations. In addition, CCNC has engaged wide-ranging and connected leaders at the national level to serve as a virtual Board of Advisors, as well as a group of local influencers, called the Connectivity Area Network, to aid our community decision making.

Board of Trustees

David J. Brown, Interim Board Chair
Co-Founder of DENT Creative Reuse Center and Art Laboratory

Claire Calvin
Owner, The Porch, Alma Mexicana and East of Texas

Eldridge C. “Redge” Hanes
Author; Retired Chair/CEO of privately-owned national corporations

Brajan Funes, Treasurer
Investment Manager, Wells Fargo

Laura Carisa Gardea
Project Manager Consultant, Sustain Point Consulting Group



Stacey Layne                                                             Creative Operations Manager, Key Design Studio

Paula Pressley
Development Professional

Franklin Terry
Model/Actor/Video Producer

Rex Welton, Secretary
Founder/Executive Director, OUT at the Movies



National Advisory Board

Taneka Bennett, Composer, Lyricist, Creative Writer, Vocalist, Producer and Consultant, Graham, NC

M. Lindsay Bierman, Former Chancellor, UNC School of the Arts; Chief Executive Officer, PBS North Carolina, Durham, NC

Shayne Doty, Senior Vice President, Development, The Paley Center for Media, New York, NY

William Ishmael, Visual Artist, Engineer and Vital Community Catalyst, Sacramento, CA

Drew McDowell, Project Manager, Stand Up Republic, Washington, DC

Joshua Morgan, Broadway actor, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” New York, NY

Trey Newstedt, PR Manager, Global Commercial & Technology, InterContinental Hotels Group, Atlanta, GA

Michael Pulitzer, Owner and Tour Director, New View Tours, Stockbridge, MA

Hon. Adelaide Alex Sink, Former CFO, State of Florida, Tampa, FL

Gina Tan, Principal, Tangible Strategies, San Francisco, CA

Liana Cope Northshield Thompson, Digital, Print and Marketing Executive; Principal, LNT Consulting, Winston-Salem, NC

John C. Whitaker III, Writer and Photographer, New York, NY

Scott F. Wierman, President and CEO, Community Foundation of the Low Country, Hilton Head, SC 

Connectivity Area Network

Alfred Adams, Retired, Womble Bond Dickinson, Winston-Salem, NC

Adam Barnett, Chef, The Katharine, Winston-Salem, NC

Matteo Blanc, Technical Sales Manager, Raytheon, Winston-Salem, NC

Clare Fader, Owner, Fader RE, Winston-Salem, NC

Tommy Priest, Owner, Coffee Park Airstream, Winston-Salem, NC

Honorary Board of Trustees

Malcolm McD. Brown, MD

Thomas W. Lambeth

 Hon. Virginia Newell, PhD

 Claudia Zorn Schaefer