private sector council
PS Council Vice Chair
President & CEO
Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
610 Coliseum Dr NW
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106
Jim SparrowJim Sparrow became president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County in September 2013. Prior to that, he served as the executive director of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne in northeast Indiana since 2006, and was a part of the Arts United staff since 1998. Before becoming executive director, Sparrow served as director of development and education specialist.
In his 15 years of service to Arts United, Jim played a crucial role in supporting more than 70 partnering arts and cultural organizations and facilitating arts-based community development initiatives such as the Fort Wayne Cultural District, Elevate Fort Wayne, IPFW Sculpture with Purpose, and the Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partnership. During his tenure as executive director, Arts United expanded grant opportunities to arts organizations, expanded the Arts Campus to include the Auer Center for Arts & Culture and the forthcoming ArtsLab black box theater, and deepened the level of business support services offered to arts organizations.
In addition to his leadership of Arts United, Jim served as a board member of several Fort Wayne-based organizations including Leadership Fort Wayne, Downtown Improvement District, Early Childhood Alliance, Downtown Development Committee for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance (now a part of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.), and the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation Board.