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In accordance with N.C. state health recommendations and for the safety of participants and attendees, festival organizers ask that masks be worn at all times.

October 2, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
IdeasCityWS Marketplace of Ideas Festival Welcome – Festival Planners
Land Acknowledgement – Charlene Hunt, Lumbee Tribe, Project Manager for Health Equity, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

11:00 a.m.
Marketplace of Ideas Exhibits open

11:30 a.m.
Food trucks open

Music Panel

11:00 a.m.
ICWS Music Panel Featuring Local Musicians and Music Curators from Winston-Salem – Moderated by Martha Bassett, singer/songwriter and Donovan Livingston, Assistant Dean, Wake Forest University Office of University Collaborations and spoken word poet, will reflect on the ways their work and creative processes have evolved in lieu of the pandemic, while also offering perspective on the future of the local music scene in Winston-Salem.

Panelists include:
Chad Cheek, Founder & Chief Curator, Artarie
Richard Emmett, Co-owner, The Ramkat
LB the Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Demi Day, Hip-hop Artist
Dianna Tuffin, Jazz Artist

Mayor's Panel

12:30 p.m.
Four dynamic entrepreneurs combining arts & technology in ways that enhance urban living will bring their stories of creative cultural change to IdeasCity Winston-Salem. From erecting virtual-reality monuments honoring under-heralded community heroes to building new cultural neighborhoods around next-generation music studios, this “Mayor’s Panel,” introduced by Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, will showcase specific examples of intentional improvement in community lives—and reflect on how similar innovations could find a home in Winston-Salem.

Moderated by Alana James, community engagement lead for Wake Downtown and Atrium Wake Forest Medical Center and team member at WFU’s Office of University Collaborations.

Panelists include:
– Glenn Cantave, co-founder and CEO, Movers & Shakers, whose pathbreaking Monuments Project was featured in the first ICWS ‘Beta Bonfire’ and will engage Winston-Salem later this fall.

– Charles Goldstuck, CEO, Hitco Entertainment LLC, whose music-industry innovations include the landmark Sanctuary At Albany music studio and surrounding cultural community in the Bahamas.

– Greta Mowry, Innovation Lead at Agile City, whose experience as a San Francisco-based brand and cultural developer includes widely recognized work on expanding a “democracy of ideas.”

– Elizabeth Reede, co-founder and CEO of Boulevard Arts, a NYC-based pioneer in partnering with museums and other cultural sites to expand arts access, using augmented & virtual reality, especially for lower-income children.

Artists Panel

2:00 p.m.
ICWS Artists’ Panel Featuring Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows and Winston-Salem Arts Administrators – Moderated by Christina Soriano, Associate Provost, Wake Forest University with opening remarks.

“Re-invigorating Performance for Youth and Communities – New Spaces/New Adventures”
– Emily Marks, Executive and Artistic Director, Lionheart Live Arts and Youth Theatre, Memphis, TN
– Nathan Ross Freeman, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Authoring Action

“Arts Fueled Public Health Initiatives – Creating Spaces for Equity
– Justus Harris, artists and patient Advocate-founder of MedSculpt
– Derek Hicks, Founding Director, Center for Research Engagement and Collaboration in African-American Life, Wake Forest University

“Artists and Arts Administration in Post – COVID Winston-Salem
– Chase Law, President and CEO Winston-Salem Arts Council
– Jordan Booker-Medley, Independent choreographer and performer

Authoring Action

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Authoring Action is an organization that provides tools to youth for their personal success in any career, calling and life path. Our students are authors of their own lives once they have learned to think analytically, present confidently and express themselves dynamically through creative writing, speech, film and design.


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Dean Foster and Cashavelly Morrison
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Laurelyn Dossett and Molly McGinn, Big Ron Hunter, & Donovan Livingston
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Martha Bassett Show with Sonny Miles, Early Gray, & Reliably Bad

*Please contact Melanie York at for ADA accommodations.