Debra Torrence, Executive Director – Arts of the Pamlico

By Debra Torrence

Art creates opportunities to visualize, create, and express ideas. It creates community, beautifies our surroundings, inspires and informs us, and so much more.

I love Washington for supporting the arts across our community for some many reasons. For the…

… way the community embraces the arts and its artists by both living and giving art in a multitude of ways, beginning with its past.

…focus on history and on art history. Washington is home to a vibrant community art center nestled the restored Historic Turnage Theatre — thanks to the dedication, contributions and ongoing support of so many from Louise Lane, the Judy Jennette, Joey Toler, the Turnage Foundation and AOP Board and many others.

… steady support of AOP affiliate art groups that offer music, comedy, choral and orchestra concerts, literature, film, fiber works and more!

… people who support local artists with their purchases of their works & 6 art galleries, attend art walks & join us at AOP for monthly art exhibit receptions

…craftspeople who share their craft in handmade jewelry, painted and sewn fabrics, sculptures, fiber creations, body art, hair art, artistic signage, boat designs, metal works and more!

…supporting AOP’s emerging community theatre troupe as actors, musicians, set designers, volunteers, sponsors & patrons

… embracing & supporting the unique local sounds and musicians who create it — traditional, rock, blues and jazz, country, R&B, rap, gospel…

…art-filled festivals – from AOP’s film festivals, Chamber’s Summer Fest, Rotary’s Smoke on the Water …& soon the first Plein Air Competition, a Blues & Jazz festivals & a return of the wildlife arts festival

… supporting literary arts, the Pamlico’s Writers Group, Innerbanks Storytellers, local writers, poets, comedians & librarians

…growing a local film & documentary home at AOP two film festivals, student film events, documentary showings and more

…the business & education partners who share, leverage, and support public art and art events in our City – from the painted piano on the sidewalk, to the fish in the alley/ARTery, to paintings in their places of business, hair salons & cityscapes

And, I love, love, love Little Washington for supporting little artists in a BIG way –

by attending, helping with & sponsoring children’s events, summer art camps scholarships for kids, Art Nibbles, Broadway Kids Camp, the Children’s Holiday Shop, Hands-On Arts Festival and more.

I love Washington. Thank you Washington for supporting the arts in so many small and big ways…for all of us!