Bridging a Community: The Creative Corridors Coalition Story


The Creative Corridors Coalition is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization founded in 2007, two years after the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans to completely rebuild a one-mile stretch of Business 40, now called Salem Parkway, in downtown Winston-Salem. Since that time, Creative Corridors volunteers have initiated and participated in hundreds of community meetings, organized dozens of community events, and worked tirelessly alongside city and state officials to ensure the project would capture the city’s devotion to arts, culture, and innovation. The Coalition secured $5 million in funding to commission world-class designs for iconic bridge architecture and roadway betterments that have distinguished Winston-Salem as a place of accomplishment. Their vision is to build a Green, Artful, Iconic Network . . . to create a GAIN in the City of Arts & Innovation.

A new, short film documents the history of the Creative Corridors Coalition and profiles its pioneering work benefiting Winston-Salem and serving as an inspiration to other cities. A panel discussion will follow the screening.


Special guests: Allen Joines, Mayor of Winston-Salem; Fleming El-Amin, Creative Corridors board member and former Forsyth County commissioner; Brenda Fulmore, executive director of Creative Corridors; and Pat Ivey, Department of Transportation.