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.


Executive Director Position Search

Description: The Arts Council of Wilson in Wilson, NC is searching for a new Executive Director. Wilson is located 45 miles east of Raleigh and 100 miles from the beautiful Crystal Coast of North Carolina. The Arts Council of Wilson was formed in 1967, and is a thriving, active, and hands-on community advocate for the performing and visual arts in our charming southern town. The arts in Wilson enjoy strong community support and involvement. This is exemplified by the development of our new downtown Whirligig Park, which was realized through the joint efforts of members of the community and our local government and has gained state and national recognition. The park is located just down the street from the Wilson Arts Center, and together they provide strong anchors for downtown development. The Executive Director will build on the strong programs already in place, and plan and assist in fundraising, artistic planning and implementation, gallery supervision, strategic planning, public relations, communications, and future development planning. The director supervises a staff of nine full and part-time employees, the Edna Boykin Cultural Center (our 630 seat historic theater) and the Wilson Arts Center (our 3-story center that includes administrative offices, galleries, classrooms, and meeting spaces). We are at the end of a renovation fund drive and will be starting an exciting renovation project to modernize the facility’s infrastructure and vastly improve the aesthetics of the building while preserving its historical integrity. The annual operating budget is over $540,000. This position requires continual fundraising and donor development, staff management and development, and Board of Directors interaction, guidance, and updating. Also, there is a strong presence expected in the community requiring interaction with government, other community organizations, citizens of the community, and Arts Council contributors. Salary will be dependent on experience.

Qualifications: Related degree or equivalent experience, plus 3-5 years of increasing experience in management of a non-profit or similar organization and a proven record of successful fundraising campaigns and arts leadership. History and experience in staff management a plus. Strong fundraising and donor development skills, along with the ability to understand and evaluate financial statements and develop budgets, are essential. Knowledge of and experience in writing and securing grant proposals is required. Prior to offer of employment, candidate must submit to credit/criminal background checks and drug screening.

How to Apply: Send resume, salary history and a minimum of 3 professional references to:

Executive Director Search Committee
Arts Council of Wilson
124 Nash Street
Wilson NC, 27893-3956

Or by email to
Or fax to 252-234-0049

To ensure consideration, resumes must be received by the Search Committee at the Arts Council of Wilson no later than Friday, July 21, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Seussical: The Musical Kids

July 29 performance at 2 p.m.
$250 / $220 ACW 2017 members, maximum 30 students
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical: The Musical Kids, a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphantly! Participants in this camp will be given a role and taught acting and other performance techniques. After this two-week camp, Seussical: The Musical kids will be performed live at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center Stage.

Summer Camp Info

The Wilson Arts Center is closed on Saturdays. Summer camp hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 12 through July 28.

Parking at 126 Nash Street parking is private and for use by Wilson Times employees. Please do not park in this area.

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