Social interaction is at the center of innovation. That’s why the Innovation Quarter features community programs—indoor and outdoor—designed to expand your social circles and make space for new interactions. Five key themes encompass the array of programs open to the public, designed to enrich our community. Come experience events that expand your circle—you never know who you’ll meet!
Explore the intersections of art and innovation through the Innovation Quarter’s cultural events. From pop-up dance performances and film screenings to food trucks and festivals, cultural activities cover a wide variety of programming. Bailey Park is at the heart of many of these cultural activities, offering a stage, lawn and food truck court to accommodate large social gatherings. The Innovation Quarter is also home to more than a few concerts and music series and features a mix of genres including bluegrass, jazz and rock.
Nurture your body, as well as your mind, by participating in the wellness activities in the Innovation Quarter. Central to the wellness culture in the innovation district are intentionally designed green spaces—like Bailey Park and the Long Branch Trail, a 1.7-mile bike and pedestrian pathway. From Sunset Salutations and running clubs on the greenway, to large annual events like the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, there’s a good fit for everyone. Wellness activities are supported by partners like WellQ and local businesses like Lotus Yoga Academy and Incendiary Brewing—because even workout junkies need a pint from time to time.
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Engage with researchers, artists and other creative thinkers through Innovation Quarter programs designed to spark collaboration through connection and conversation. Conversation events include special speakers, panels and networking events that encourage enterprise through engagement with new ideas and people. Programs include Town Hall, an interactive event about driving economic growth and building vibrant community.
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Whether you’re a start-up just taking off, an established business or an entrepreneur in the making, the Innovation Quarter has programs and organizations designed to help you find your next step. Groups like Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center run small business and entrepreneurship programs, while others provide business accelerators for entrepreneurs.
The ACCESS Center for Equity + Success, in particular, supports specific opportunities for minority- and woman-owned enterprises. Other programs—like Mixxer, a grassroots maker movement—welcome creators of all kinds and promote crafts, arts and the burgeoning maker culture of Winston-Salem.
The Triad Minority Business Expo is created to increase opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is also an opportunity … Full Event Details
Discover ways the Innovation Quarter is giving back to its community. SciTech Institute, a STEM enrichment program for middle school students in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County schools, gives Innovation Quarter tenants and local organizations the chance to give back by co-hosting STEM events. Other programs in the Innovation Quarter that focus on giving back to the community include Girls on Fire, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, and the Inmar Community Tech Night, which offers free IT services and education to underserved areas of the city. The Innovation Quarter is also a popular spot for local fundraisers. Benefiting everything from homeless shelters and hospice care to disease research, the local community takes advantage of inspiring spaces to make their contributions.
Just a few years ago, Bailey Park was an amalgam of buildings and surface lots. Today, it’s one of the most popular recreation spots in downtown Winston-Salem. Hear firsthand from some of the visionaries who had a hand in making Bailey Park a reality, how the urban green space came to be and what it means to them and the community as a whole.
Every summer, hundreds of students participate in the SciTech Institute, an immersive program that exposes them to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a series of field trips, labs and other activities. But SciTech is much more than a two-week summer camp. The goal of this affordable, inclusive program is to introduce students—many from underserved communities of Winston-Salem—to the possibilities of working in STEM careers in a future innovation economy developing in their own backyards.