The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events & activities for adults and youth serving Eastern North Carolina. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort County based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.
Due to the impact of COVID19, we are open on Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM with a maximum of 10 people. Masks are required. Find us on Facebook and explore our website to learn more about upcoming activities.
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The Washington Daily News on BOCO Town Podcasts
COVID19 required the Arts of the Pamlico pivot and recreate access to the arts using technology in many ways. One of those ways is on Arts of the Pamlico’s website and its podcast called BOCO Town.. Read more.
Washington Tourism Development Authority
Erin Ruyle, Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Development Authority (WTDA), and staff members Paula Stephenson and Gabrielle Whitlock, provide an update on tourism in recent turbulent months.
Rather than reporting that Washington’s tourism has been dramatically down, Erin provides a few surprising statistics that can be attributed to the region’s resilience and the TDA’s resourcefulness.
James Jones - Freedom of North Carolina
James Jones discusses his new movie, Freedom of North Carolina, currently in production.
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“Two new fundraising programs now offer almost 600 opportunities for supporters of the arts to put their literal, personal marks on the Turnage Theatre…”
“WASHINGTON, N.C. — When a local theater has to shut down because of a pandemic, the entire community’s economy can be affected.
The historic Turnage Theater in downtown Washington normally hosts plays, concerts, comedy and children’s camps, but the coronavirus has caused it to close its doors.
“It’s meant that events have been canceled. Artists haven’t been paid. Technicians weren’t able to work,” said Debra Torrence heads the Arts of the Pamlico, a regional arts council that runs the theater…”
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“Since its construction in 1913, the Turnage Theatre has been a hub of art and culture for Washington …”
Washington, DC—”According to the latest data issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component …”
BOCO Town Newsletter
Your complete guide to Beaufort County’s events and activities.
By Latisha Catchatoorian, WRAL Digital Solutions
“As the nation starts to slowly reopen while still remaining cautious about the presence of the coronavirus, towns like Washington, N.C., are navigating their…”
The Historic Turnage Theatre is home to a mothballed silent movie & vaudeville theatre. Learn more about the silent movie era in NC at https://www.unctv.org/
In The News – Blog Posts
Oh No! Where has everyone's Holiday Spirit Gone?! Will Christmas get Canceled this year?! Watch the Arts of the Pamlico's Bubblegum and the Turnage Teen's Theatre to find out! "Christmases Gone Wrong" was written by Rachel Isaac and Zach Sutton. It was directed by...
The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is pleased to present Scott Campbell as he performs a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Did you know that the poem we all know and love is actually called "A Visit from St. Nicholas"? First published in 1823 in the Troy, New...
Arts of the Pamlico features great artworks from amazing local artists. Interested in a piece you've seen? Email Debra Torrence for purchasing information. You can also help us continue our work with the arts community by making a general donation. Support for our...
23rd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival
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Address: 150 West Main Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday: 1 – 6 PM
Friday: 11 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
Sundays – Mondays: closed
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Arts of the Pamlico @ Historic Turnage Theatre
We’re 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.