Oct. 17, 2012/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu





CNNMoney.com ranks city No. 6, up from No. 10 last year

WINSTON-SALEM – For the second year in a row, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is named as 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 six, partly due to its active arts scene. Last year, the city was ranked No. 10.

“This central North Carolina city 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 among 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. Other attributes cited were affordable housing and “tremendous health care, thanks in part to university teaching hospital Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.”

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 for 2012 were Albuquerque, N.M., Portland, Ore., Louisville, Ky., Tucson, Ariz., and Austin, Texas. For the complete list, go to: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/retirement/2012/10/16/best-places-retire.moneymag/6.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.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.