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In CNNMoney.com

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is one of several attributes which make Winston-Salem a great place to retire, according to CNNMoney.com.

In its annual listing of “The 25 Best Places to Retire,” the website ranks Winston-Salem as number 10, partly due to its active arts scene.

“Winston-Salem has a longstanding tradition supporting the arts. Its symphony, founded in 1947, is the oldest in the state; its arts council was the first in the nation; and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is one of the most prestigious in the country,” the online article states.

The article also referenced the RiverRun International Film Festival, which was brought to Winston-Salem by the School of the Arts: “For retirees, this economic renaissance has translated into a cultural renaissance, complete with a bustling downtown art district, live music events several nights a week, and an internationally recognized film festival.”


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UNCSA opened in 1965 after nearly a million dollars was raised to win the new school for Winston-Salem. Due to its history of support for UNCSA and other arts organizations, Winston-Salem adopted the label “The City of the Arts” (now “The City of Arts and Innovation.”)

Ranked ahead of Winston-Salem on the CNNMoney.com list were Marquette, Mich.; Cape Coral, Fla.; Boise, Idaho; Danville, Ky.; Weatherford, Texas; Southhaven, Miss.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Lake Charles, La. For the complete list, go to: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/real_estate/1109/gallery.best_places_retire.moneymag/10.html

Winston-Salem was the only North Carolina city on the list.

CNNMoney.com is joint venture of Cable News Network, Money magazine and Fortune magazine.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.