ART CRUSH street festival had economic impact of more than $17,000 in 2023

The Arts District of Winston-Salem highlighted other numbers in its annual report.

A person in a red tie-dye jumpsuit is standing at a table facing a person behind the table who is handing something to them. The table is filled with abstract art canvases of different sizes on stands for sale.

Visual artists are provided a free table and don’t have to pay a booth fee to participate in ART CRUSH.

We think it’s pretty safe to say the inaugural year of ART CRUSH crushed it. The Arts District of Winston-Salem, the organization that puts on the event, released its 2023 annual report. The street festival had an economic impact of more than $17,000. Here are other highlights:

  • 17,289 attendees were present at eight events (October’s event was rained out)
  • 193 visual artists set up booths to sell their works
  • 161 BIPOC artists participated
  • 65 performing artists showcased their skills

Every artist keeps 100% of the sales they make during ART CRUSH. The event is a sponsored project of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County + is supported with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

ART CRUSH is held the third Friday of every month April through December on Trade and 6th streets. Make plans to attend the first event of 2024 on Friday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.