Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Sponsoring Evening of Creative Conversation
Winston-Salem, N.C. (April 4, 2018) — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, partnering with the Center for Design Innovation, Forsyth Technical Community College and Wake Forest University, is presenting the quarterly gathering of the “Creative Conversations Network” at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 475 Vine Street (Fifth Floor) in Winston-Salem. Public is invited and admission is free.
Mural painter and social activist from Northern Ireland is guest speaker April 13
The speaker is Tom Kelly, one of the three mural painters from Derry, Northern Ireland, known as The Bogside Artists. Their most famous work, a series of outdoor murals called “The People’s Gallery,” is located in the Bogside neighborhood of Derry and depicts the events surrounding sectarian violence and civil rights protests in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Devon MacKAY of the Arts Council said that The Bogside Artists use public art to transform communities. “The Creative Conversations Network presents inspirational personalities to prompt dialogue about how this community can put lessons learned elsewhere to work here. Join the conversation and imagine how public art can serve as a tool for social change,” she said.
The busy studio of The Bogside Artists is situated in the heart of the Bogside itself. It is where they hold their workshops, create their murals and give presentations of their work. Thousands of visitors come to visit their studio every year.
Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.