Performing Arts

A variety of performances are staged at the beautifully renovated Edna Boykin Cultural Center in Historic Downtown Wilson, including the ACT! for Youth season, the Boykin Series, and the Playhouse of Wilson season. Several other local community arts groups also host events throughout the year.


Visual Arts

Four galleries in two different venues offer a variety of work from local and regionally known artists. The main exhibition galleries rotate work every few months with opening receptions held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visiting artist lectures take place at 5 p.m., just prior to the opening reception.




Both children and adults can benefit from a variety of classes, including our Visual Arts Academy, Creative Kids Workshop, summer camps, acting classes, Paint & Pour classes, and several workshops in both visual and performing arts.


Please make plans to join us for Banking on the Arts (formerly A Banker’s Holiday) for an elegant evening of music, dancing, libations and delicious food! Our annual Arts Council fundraiser, historically sponsored by several of Wilson’s prominent and generous banking institutions, will be held on Friday, October 13 from 7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at Barton College’s Wilson Gym. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by local favorite Punch, and we are negotiating an amazing raffle item for you!

“Early Bird” tickets go on sale August 13 and will be $50 per person; on September 13 the price goes up to $65 per person ($75 at the door). As always, reserved seating tables will also be available for purchase and include the price of admission (table for 10 for $1000, table for 8 for $800, or table for 6 for $600). All proceeds benefit your Arts Council of Wilson – so break out your “fancy black” cocktail attire (think little black dress and pearls!) and join us for this important event that will support us in our ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Wilson and Wilson County by providing cultural leadership and opportunities in the arts!

Field Trip Opportunities for Local Students

We are excited to announce three opportunities for you to bring your students to see student-led performances during the day for the 2017-2018 school year! The ACT for Youth program, which is funded through the Arts Council of Wilson, includes elementary, middle and high school students and has a reputation for being a top- notch program among youth theater programs in our region!

All performances are at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center in historic downtown Wilson.

Tickets are $5 per seat. We request a 25% deposit to officially reserve seats since space is limited! (If you are unable to pay the deposit, you can have your school principal sign the booking confirmation and the full amount will be due on or before the day of the event.)

Interested or want more information?

Please contact Chandra Bolling at 252-291-4329 or email Or, download the reservation form. Take a look at the shows on the reverse side... there’s something that will appeal to all age groups!

We hope you will make plans to build one of these shows into your curriculum and join us!

The Wilson Arts Center will be closed on Saturdays through the end of August. Our summer hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Parking Reminder

The entire parking lot at 126 Nash Street (next to the Boykin Center theater) is private and reserved for the exclusive use of Wilson Times employees and their guests at all hours, including the handicap parking spaces. Please do not park in this lot, as towing is enforced and will be at your own expense. Also, please note that several spaces in the Barnes Street parking lot (behind the Wilson Arts Center) are reserved for the exclusive use of local tenants (all hours, all days). Towing is also enforced in this lot, and spaces are marked.

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