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!

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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