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.


Upcoming Events

Comic Book Week

Tuesday-Friday, May 9-12, 3-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-2p.m.
Wilson Arts Center
3rd Floor Grand Studio

Free Event! 

Costumes Welcome!
Comic, cartoon and craft classes
, games, activities
 and anime vendors. 

On Saturday, May 13, there will be face painting, artists, games, refreshments, and a costume contest!

For more information contact Louis Small, Jr. at

Showtime at the Boykin Talent Show

May 13 at 7:30
Entry Deadline: April 18

This spring, the Arts Council of Wilson will be hosting a talent show as a fundraiser to support its performing arts programming. The talent show, which will have participants in three age categories (Elementary, Middle, and High School), will be held at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center on May 13th. 
Performing Arts Director Christopher Ballance, who is organizing the fundraiser, suggests that students who are looking to participate should prepare a piece that is no longer than two and a half minutes in length, in one of the following categories: vocal solo/vocal duet, vocal group, instrumental solo/duet, instrumental group, gymnastics solo/duet, gymnastics group, dance solo/duet, and dance group. Acts should not contain any profanity, and all music used in any act needs to be approved by the Performing Arts Director before students can be cleared to participate in the talent show. 
The deadline for talent show entry is April 18th, and all entry forms must be turned into the Performing Arts Director by that date. Each entry will pay a fee of $20. Tickets to the event will be $10 for adults, students, and seniors. If you have any questions about participating in the talent show, you can call Christopher Ballance at 252-291-4329 x16 or email him at for entry forms.

Legally Blonde the Musical

Seventh Annual Summer Community Musical
Dates: July 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m., July 16 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults/ $10 students, seniors ($18/$13 at the door)

Show Synopsis

Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

May 22 and 23 at 6 p.m. Click here for more details.

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