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.


The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

Part of Boykin Series 21
Saturday, December 9
$25 Adults / $22.50 Seniors & Students
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Arts Partner:
The Wilson Visitor’s Center

Arts Council of Wilson welcomes Cathy Brown Hardison as new Executive Director

Hello, everyone! I am truly honored and proud to have been awarded the title of Executive Director at the Arts Council of Wilson. Returning to the community where I was born and raised is both surreal and exciting.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I currently live in Walstonburg with my husband and two dogs - a corgi and a peekapoo. I enjoy a variety of creative mediums but gravitate toward oil painted portraiture. Painting, playing games, eating delicious food, and boxing are among my favorite pastimes.

I was born and raised in Lucama, went to Hunt High School, took martial arts at Dong’s for several years, and worked at Chick-Fil-A. I left to attend East Carolina University where I received my BFA in Painting and Drawing and minored in both Business and English. I have worked for Emerge Gallery & Art Center, home of the Pitt County Arts Council in Greenville, NC, in a variety of positions for over seven years. In addition to my full-time position at Emerge, I have also had the valuable experience of working four years with downtown Greenville’s revitalization organization, Uptown Greenville. My positions with both organizations were very multi-faceted, and included fundraising, grant writing, marketing, program development, financial management, festival and event planning, creating public art with at-risk youth, and providing art experiences to adult and pediatric cancer patients.

I have loved all seven-plus years of my time at Emerge, working with my best friends and putting our hearts and souls into the arts community in Pitt County. As you can imagine, it is heart wrenching to leave that behind - but this new adventure promises an incredible opportunity for collaboration and will allow me to bring my experience back to my beloved hometown and stretch and hone my skills as a mover and a shaker in the arts. The current cultural climate in Wilson is exciting and absolutely teeming with growth potential. Assuming the mantle of Executive Director at an organization older than I am, with fifty years of experience and tradition behind it, will be daunting and challenging -- but well worth the effort. I look forward to getting to know everyone as we run this race together, using the arts to further develop Wilson’s local flavor and increase quality of life and a thriving economy for all.

Cathy Brown Hardison
Executive Director

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!

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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