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Arts of the Pamlico - Mission Statement

Arts of the Pamlico (AoP) provides cultural opportunities through initiation, support, and presentation of artistic programs in Beaufort County and beyond. It is a goal of the AoP to present a wide range of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs, and to encourage the same by advancing and supporting the efforts of local arts organizations and arts businesses throughout Beaufort County and the region.

Becoming Arts of the Pamlico

AopAfter a full year in the Turnage Theatre, strategic planning had become the focus of the Beaufort County Arts Council. With the help of a professional facilitator, the Board of Directors developed a three-year strategic plan for 2015-18, that springs from four basic core values:  sustainability (providing the best arts programming with their earned revenues, charitable gifts and state and local government support); regional reach; inclusiveness (seeking ideas, talent and advice in program planning from representatives of all segments of the population); and being an essential part of downtown Washington’s economic development.

In order to move forward, the Board of Directors also determined that the BCAC and the Turnage should become a single entity. As of July 30, 2015, the organization became Arts of the Pamlico with the same mission of supporting the arts in Beaufort County and the surrounding region.

Arts of the Pamlico continues to invest in the future with recent upgrades — new LED lighting technology to save money in the long term, improved theater sound and lighting systems, and a new website and a CRM (Constituent Relations Management) cloud-based platform that will streamline communications with members, patrons, ticket-buyers and visitors.

With talented and dedicated support teams assembled to help with programming, marketing, fundraising, organizational policy and facility management, a dedicated staff and a community that continues to grow in its support, Arts of the Pamlico’s investment in planning, infrastructure and cultural opportunities is part of a long tradition of good stewardship.

Where We Are Located

The Arts of the Pamlico is located at 150 West Main Street in historic downtown Washington, NC - just one block from the Washington Waterfront. Come by boat and dock at the Waterfront! We are just a short walk to dinner and an event at the Turnage Theatre. There is also plenty of parking behind the Theatre. 

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Debra Torrence, Exective Director
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