The Arts of the Pamlico is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort and Washington Counties, based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.


AOP is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events and activities serving Eastern North Carolina.

AOP is home to several art groups & troupes, and an art stop to buy local art and sweets & treats.


Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 1 – 6 PM

Friday 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 11 – 4 PM


Theatre Hours

The Historic Turnage Theatre is open nearly every day for a variety of events.

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Contact Us

150 W. Main St

Washington, NC 27889


Regional Artist Grants Due 9/8/17

Due September 8, 2017: Regional Artist Project Grant funds are intended to provide financial support to a broad range of exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists by funding a project that will have a significant impact on the...

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Writers group launches anthology competition

Writers group launches anthology competition Published 8:30 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Washington Daily News The members of Pamlico Writers Group are looking for a few good stories. The group launched its 2018 anthology competition on July 15, and until Sept. 30,...

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Why I love Washington

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...

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Arts of the Pamlico launches summer feeding program

Arts of the Pamlico launches summer feeding program Published 7:10 pm Monday, May 29, 2017 Arts of the Pamlico is heading into the summer season with a new campaign — one that will combine serving meals and creating art. Summer may mean a break from school, but for...

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Council revives commemorative brick campaign

Council revives commemorative brick campaign Published 5:45 pm Monday, May 22, 2017 Stand in front of the Turnage Theatre and what one sees is a piece of Washington history, an early 20th-century venue impeccably restored to its former glory. Look down, however, and...

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Address: 150 West Main St.
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Phone: 252-946-2504


Tuesday – Thursday 1 – 6 PM

Friday 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 11am – 4pm

Sundays, Days & Evenings for Events

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.

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