Temporary Office Location

Our offices and all operations are currently being housed inside the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, located at 108 Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893 during the renovation of the Wilson Arts Center.

Performing Arts

A variety of performances are staged at the beautifully renovated Edna Boykin Cultural Center in Historic Downtown Wilson by community groups and professionals alike. It is the home to many wonderful programs such as the ACT! For Youth, the Playhouse of Wilson, our own professional Boykin Series, and many more!


Visual Arts

Between a variety of arts classes for both children and adults, rotating exhibits in each of our four galleries, and more, we have something for the artist in everyone!




We offer an assortment of classes that focus on exploring the arts from every angle. From summer camps, workshops, acting classes, our Paint & Pour classes, and more, there is a place for anyone of all ages to learn, explore, and grow, all in the name of creativity in both the visual and performing arts!


Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series

The Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series features over FIFTY performing artists coming together for a nine-show summer concert series dedicated to a single goal – raising funds for improvements to the sound system in the historic Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Technological improvements in sound equipment have made a few thousand orbits around the sun since the Boykin Center premiered its basic sound system back in the 1990s. The system has served us well, and over time a few pieces have been updated, but the foundation is now beyond twenty years of service and is definitely in need of a little work! All of the performers have volunteered their time to this worthy project, and we hope YOU will join us as well!  

Tickets are $20 per show for the Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series and will be available at the door; they may also be purchased in advance through the ACW box office at the Boykin Center, 108 Nash Street NE, during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.). For more information, please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329.   For a complete list of all Summer Sounds performances, please click here: Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series

One more way you can get involved is through a direct donation to sponsor one or more pieces of needed equipment. The sound improvement project will be rolled out in three phases:

Phase 1:  speaker monitors (10 needed @ $350 each) and amplifiers (3 needed @$500 each)
Phase 2: speakers (4 needed @ $700 each) and subwoofers (4 needed @ $800 each)
Phase 3: wireless microphones ($9600) and an updated mixing board ($3500)

To sponsor one or more of the above purchases, please see the Box Office attendant at the Boykin Center during one of the shows, or call the Arts Council at (252) 291-4329.

"It takes a village", as they say - and we are so happy to have you as a member of ours! Thank you for considering this wonderful investment in our community's cultural resources.



Boykin Series 22 Presents: Edwin McCain

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

$38 adults / $35 students and seniors

Click here to purchase tickets through Etix

Edwin McCain has been called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times. He has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest and most enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) in the history of pop music -- “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” -- McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio.


The Speculations

Presented by the Summer Sounds Concert Series
Sunday, September 23 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20

As part of the Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series, the Arts Council is pleased to present The Speculations – a medically-associated rock and roll band dedicated to making a difference by raising money for many charitable and service organizations. “Because Rock n’ Roll Benefits Everyone!” is their motto, and music is their passion – we hope everyone will come out and join them as they Rock the Boykin to benefit the new sound system!!

Tickets are available at the ACW Box Office at the Boykin Center, or by calling the Arts Council at (252) 291-4329.

Parking Availability

Street parking is available on Tarboro, Nash, and Pine Streets. Parking is also allowed in the Farris & Farris Attorneys and Thomas & Farris Attorneys lots off of Tarboro Street and BB&T front lot off of Nash Street or Pine Street. 126 Nash Street parking lot next to the theater is private and for use by Wilson Times employees. Please do not park in this area.

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