Arts of the Pamlico
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Th 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 AoP

After 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.

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Debra Torrence, Executive Director
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Arts of the Pamlico administrative offices and Box Office are located at the Turnage Theater and Gallery in downtown Washington, North Carolina.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Thursday 1 – 6pm           Friday 11 am – 6 pm           Saturday 11am – 4pm
Open evenings and weekends for events

Address: 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC 27889
Phone: 252.946.2504 or 252.975.6993
Fax: 252.975.6948


The Arts of the Pamlico supports and collaborates with community organizations and groups to grow their interest in the arts, increase access to the arts and support collective community goals and objectives to better the lives of the people of Eastern North Carolina. For more information on partnering with the Arts of the Pamlico, please contact Debra Torrence at

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.

Debra Torrence

Debra Torrence

Executive Director

Crystal Homan

Crystal Homan

Weekend Coordinator


The Turnage Theatre and Galleries are fully handicap accessible.

Parallel parking may be found along the Main Street business district. If parking behind the theatre, call to be sure door is side door is open for you There is also ample parking behind the theatre on 2nd Street across from the Beaufort County Courthouse. Another option is to park along the beautiful Washington Waterfront as we are only a short walk away!

Washington has a number of great restaurants, eateries, coffee shops and other places to relax and grab a bite or a drink while you are in town. We are very proud of our small businesses and art galleries that line Main Street and the connecting streets to help create a very walkable shopping and dining experience.

The NC Estuarium, Festival Park, and the Washington Waterfront provide hours of scenic fun for all ages. Come for a Friday night performance and plan to spend the whole weekend here in Little Washington!

The Pamlico House Bed and Breakfast is located on Main Street just a couple blocks from Turnage Theater and Gallery. There are plenty of hotels and overnight accommodations within a short drive from downtown Washington.

Visit the Washington Tourism and Development Authority for more information on restaurants, shopping, entertainment and overnight accommodations in Washington.