The Downtown Arts District Association - About Us!

The Downtown Arts Association (DADA) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization consisting of visual and performing artists, businesses and residents.

The DADA “footprint” includes a variety of artist’s studios, galleries, shops, retail businesses, restaurants, bars and residences located in this eclectic area of Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina located between 5th, 7th and Trade Streets.

Begun in 1995 and an official non-profit in January 1998 DADA began to raise awareness of the arts community and the growing “Arts District”. Through it’s signature “DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop” and co-sponsorship of various city events, DADA has infused the downtown with new life and energy, helping to build the arts district itself into a vibrant community.

In the DADA mission statement is the goal of “alter conventional perceptions about downtown–just as the post-WWI abstract art movement of the same name set out to emancipate the imagination.”

DADA Officers and Board of Directors:

Marilyn M. Ingram / President

Allison Hutchins / Treasurer

Nancy Smith / Secretary

Board of Directors:Rick Jones, Rachael Fern (Membership), Yolanda Moses, Will Knott (Past President) and Jason Thiel


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DADA Headquarters and for more information:
DADA Office

c/o North Trade Street Arts Center
604-A North Trade Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Mailing Address: DADA - PO Box 21451 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27120