Arts of the Pamlico
Art - Culture - Community

Mission – The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) provides cultural opportunities through initiation, support, and presentation of artistic programs in Beaufort County and the surrounding region. 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 artists, arts organizations and arts businesses throughout the region.

Vision for FY 20/21




History – With a 49-year history of serving rural eastern NC, AOP is one of the oldest arts councils in the state. Its diverse community encompasses a range of incomes, professions and interests. Housed at its Historic Turnage Theatre, constructed originally as a vaudeville theater in 1913 and expanded with a palace theatre to the rear in the early 1930’s, this community jewel has become the hub for community based arts and culture activities.

Funding – AOP programs, theater and gallery spaces are supported by funding from a combination of services, fees and private and public sources including state and local government, sponsorships, memberships, ticket sales, fundraisers, facility rentals, concession sales and endowment/investment income.

Economic Impact

Arts & Economic Prosperity in NC – https://www.ncarts.org/afta

Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector – www.nga.org/ruralarts


The arts mean dollars & cents…check out this fact sheet about the impact of the arts in NC.