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After serving the community for over a decade without a permanent location, last Saturday Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS), a volunteer-based nonprofit formed to build, educate and celebrate community art, officially moved into its new home on North Liberty Street.

‘This is just wonderful’
May 11
07:30 2017

Photo by Tevin Stinson

Art for Art’s Sake officially moves into new headquarters 

BY TEVIN STINSON

THE CHRONICLE

After serving the community for over a decade without a permanent location, last Saturday Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS), a volunteer-based nonprofit formed to build, educate and celebrate community art, officially moved into its new home on North Liberty Street.

The AFAS headquarters overlooks the ARTivity on the Green park, which the organization opened in 2015.

Before the doors were officially opened last weekend, hundreds of people gathered in the park to enjoy live bands, food trucks, and other entertainment. While enjoying the excitement, local photographer Owen Daniels said he was excited to see AFAS finally have a permanent home.

“I think this is just wonderful,” continued Daniels. “Finally, Art for Art’s Sake has a real home here in Winston-Salem.”

AFAS chairman and chief executive Harry Knabb couldn’t agree more.  During an interview with The Chronicle, Knabb said, “It feels good to know that we’re adding to the growth and redevelopment of downtown and the city of Winston-Salem.

“For the first time in a long time, families are walking on Liberty Street at night. That alone shows us that downtown has come a long way. I can’t wait to open and add to that atmosphere.”

The newest addition to downtown’s Arts District was made possible by the Thomas J. Reagan Foundation. The 14,500-square-foot building features the Red Dog Gallery, the Unleased Art Center, 10 affordable artist studios, a jewelry store, and AFAS board rooms.

The top floor also has a room that can be rented out to host events.

For more information on Art for Art’s Sake, visit www.theafasgroup.com or call 336-760-9218.

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