Experience the Arts

North Carolina’s rich and diverse traditions in craft, music, folk arts, painting and literature, along with our dynamic contemporary arts scene all converge to make North Carolina a must-see arts destination.

With a dynamic network of local arts councils and some of the premier arts organizations in the country visitors and residents will discover thriving artist’s communities and artistic offerings, including world-renowned film and music festivals, museums and contemporary art centers, rich local music scenes, and unique educational centers where you can learn to paint, play an instrument, or make crafts.

Here are some ways to experience the arts in North Carolina:

Performing Arts

From ballet to clogging, string bands to symphonies, opera to the blues, the performing arts light up every corner of North Carolina. Use this link to access our guide to music, dance and theater artists and organizations across our state.

NC Arts Everyday

Visit our blog to discover stories behind the arts and cultural activities taking place across the state. Read about the latest arts news and trends that keep North Carolina creative.

Museums and Galleries

There is art to see in every community, from famous masterpieces to contemporary innovations. Use this link to locate the places and spaces where visual artists are on display.