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 October 29, 2014
Winston-Salem Offers Meeting Planners An Abundance of Unique & Innovative Event Spaces

 Combine Old Salem's rich Moravian history from Eastern Europe with the thriving industrial center of Winston, and you get Winston-Salem -- an area abounding in diverse and vibrant experiences for meetings and corporate events. Beyond its more than 100,000-square-foot Benton Convention Center, traditional big-box venues, outdoor stadiums and full-service hotels, Winston-Salem is home to a surprising variety of unique and innovative spaces for meetings and events. Here's just a sampling (listed in alphabetic order):

Diggs Gallery -- Housed on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, the recently renovated Diggs Gallery is one of the top 10 African-American galleries in the nation. The facility offers 7,000 square feet of space for up to 400 (standing reception) and seats 100 theater style.

Graylyn International Conference Center -- Built in the 1920s by Nathalie Lyons Gray and her husband Bowman Gray Sr., Graylyn is one of the finest examples of Norman Revival homes in the United States. The property evokes the charms of yesteryear with the conveniences and extra personal touches of today. On the National Register of Historic Places, Graylyn is managed and operated by Wake Forest University and offers conference rooms and meeting facilities at The Manor House, The Mews, the Management House and Bernard Cottage. There are also 86 one-of-a-kind guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant and 55 sprawling acres to explore.

Old Salem Museum & Gardens -- One of America's most authentic colonial sites, Old Salem takes guests back to the 18th and 19th century and the Moravian way of life. Cobblestone sidewalks lead to the more than 100 preserved and restored buildings, where costumed interpreters can be seen performing daily 18th and 19th century tasks. Inside Old Salem are several great meeting facility options including the Horton Museum Center at the home of the internationally renowned Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. The Horton Center features a 1,270-square-foot auditorium, 490-seat classroom and outdoor spaces, including the Courtyard, Meadow and Loggia. The Old Salem Visitor Center is the perfect location for large meetings, receptions, parties, or dinners. The capacity of the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium is approximately 300 people in Lecture set-up and 200 for Reception/Conference events and has a projection booth. For evening events, the entire Visitor Center is available and can comfortably hold up to 700 guests.

The Millennium Center -- Once the area's post office and federal building, the three-story Millennium Center now offers a variety of meeting spaces and settings for up to 1500 guests. Groups can choose from the Millennium Ballroom, Trade Street Bar, The Court Room, The Grande Lobby, The Speak Easy, the Millennium Patio, Millennium North Point or The Salon & Gallery as banquet and special event center. The 72,000 square foot center also offers on-site catering and audio visual services.

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (MRCA) -- The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, which opened in September 2010, is an impressive addition to the historic heart of downtown Winston-Salem offering planners yet another attractive, flexible function space for meetings, seminars, and receptions. The MRCA has several meeting venue options including the Reynolds Galleria, an impressive, 3,300-square foot multi-purpose space offering state of the art audio/ visual as well as large-screen projection capabilities. This space allows for receptions to easily flow into the 1,800-square foot Womble Carlyle Gallery works from local, national and international artists are on display.

Salem Academy and College -- Founded in 1772, Salem College is the oldest educational institution for women in the country. Located in the heart of Old Salem, the college provides the Hanes Auditorium (800 fixed-seat), Shirley Recital Hall (200 fixed-seat) and Bryan Hall (350 flexible seating) for groups.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) -- Located on the historic estate of James G. Hanes, SECCA offers a 294 fixed-seat auditorium and Auditorium Lobby, which can accommodate up to 175 guests. Throughout more than 10,000 square feet of exhibition space in three galleries, SECCA showcases innovative and cutting-edge art from today's emerging international artists.

Stevens Center -- The Stevens Center is a beautifully restored 1929 movie theater, located in downtown Winston-Salem. The Main Theatre has fixed seating for 1,380 and a 10th Floor Reception Hall with 2,500 square feet of meeting space. The Stevens Center is also the primary performance center for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (WFIQ) -- Established as an urban research park, the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter consists of 145 developable acres, including a full suite of conferencing facilities. WFIQ is anchored by Inmar, Wake Forest Public Health Services, Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program, Forsyth Technical Community College and the YMCA. Bailey Park, which will include an outdoor amphitheater, will open in the fall. Restaurants and entertainment options are expected to complement the area.

WinMock at Kinderton -- Just a short drive from downtown Winston-Salem, WinMock at Kinderton offers more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space in 13 distinct event venues. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this 1920s barn has been expertly converted into a special event facility and conference center accommodating up to 500 guests.

For more information and a complete listing of meeting and event venues, visit: www.VisitWinstonSalem.com

Visit Winston-Salem

Visit Winston-Salem is the official sales and marketing agency for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County tourism industry. A sophisticated meeting destination, Winston-Salem is conveniently and strategically located at the epicenter of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region. It is easily accessible by car via Interstate 40, Business Interstate 40, Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 52. Scheduled air service is available through Piedmont Triad International Airport, just 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem.

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