arts and culture in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh and Cary both embrace the arts, playing host to numerous events including festivals and performing arts shows that take place each year.  

In fact, in Raleigh alone as much as 150 million dollars a year is generated from cultural events and festivals that are hosted in the city. Whether you’re interested in a family outing or finding a hot spot to hang out with your group friends, there is something for everyone.

The Ten Year Arts Plan in Raleigh

The Ten Year “Creative Life" Arts Plan is a master plan that was developed to strengthen the presence of culture and arts in Raleigh. This plan is largely shaped by the community to provide citizens an opportunity to experiment and create. The Creative Life Arts Plan was formulated to meet several objectives, including:

  • Expand youth arts participation

  • Establish arts funding

  • Enhance the marketing of arts in the city.

  • Support Raleigh artists and the city’s cultural organizations.

Under this plan, residents can expect to see an increase in public arts and live events in local bars, coffee shops, and parks. Residents can expect to enjoy additional art events in the city.

Fun Art Venues in Raleigh and Cary

Since the arts in Raleigh aren’t just a stand out attraction there are frequent events that you and your family can attend. Below are some popular art venues in the city.

Philharmonic Association

The Philharmonic Association specifically caters to the young musicians in the city. It fosters a love of music through training in a symphony orchestra, jazz groups and so much more. During the concert season, there are performances open to the public that feature string, jazz and symphonic ensembles.

The Block Gallery

Block Gallery connects the community with the artistic works of local artists. Block Gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions. Admissions into the gallery are free of charge.

Burning Coal Theatre

The Burning Coal Theatre is a performance arts center in Raleigh.  Professional mixes of popular shows featuring the best talent from Los Angeles, New York City and other cities.

Page Walker Arts and History Center

The Page Walker Arts and History Center is an old nineteenth-century hotel that was renovated into a cultural center. The Page-Walker Center hosts frequent performance art classes, concerts and art exhibits that are open to the general public.

Wine and Design

Wine and Design is open daily. This establishment offers group painting classes that are taught by local artists in Cary. You can try your hand at painting while enjoying a glass of wine.

With all of the options listed above, and so many more, Raleigh and Cary are prime destinations for area residents who enjoy the arts. As the cities continue to build and enhance the arts scene, residents will find more and more ways to fill their leisure time by taking in musical performances, art exhibits and so much more.

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