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All artists and patrons of the arts, check out these Artist Opportunities at the Arts Center. Also included on this page are links to other artistic opportunities..

Community Council for the Arts
Developing the Arts:  Umbrella Organizations

Umbrella organizations are special interest 501C-3 or volunteer arts organizations that meet at the Arts Center, or other properties, and work under the umbrella of the Arts Council.  As stated in part of the mission statement, the Arts Council "offers administrative services and educational opportunities in support of artists, art agencies and audiences."  Some of the support services offered include meeting space during regular business hours, or special arrangements; management of funds; organization capacity support; and advertising.  A plan for how the Arts Council might serve a specific organization is developed based on the unique needs of  the organization.
If you have an organization you would like to be considered as an umbrella group of the Arts Council, please contact CCA at 252-527-2517 or [email protected]

Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center

The Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center is housed in one of the last remaining examples of Greek Classical Revival architecture in North Carolina, and is listed in the National Historic Register. The building, which is used as a theater, was constructed in 1925 as a three-story home for 900 students. Now the building offers 1,131 seats and outstanding acoustics and has become one of the region's premier theatrical venues. The center hosts a variety of plays, musicals, concerts and art shows throughout the year. Oh, and it may host something else. There have been rumors circulating since the 1970s that the building is haunted.
Tickets for most shows can be obtained, by the living, from the Kinston Community Council for the Arts. Call 252-527-2517 for details.

G-HPAC is located at 300 Park Avenue, Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: (252) 523-8011. Visit their website:

Kinston Area Railroad Modelers Association

K.A.R.M.A. has a permanent model railroad display in the basement of the Arts Center. Come visit them on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Model trains run the first and fourth Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
K.A.R.M.A. is seeking new members. The club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Arts Center, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, Contact the Arts Center at 252-527-2517 for more information.

Lenoir County Artist League

Neuse Quilters Guild

The Lenoir County Artist League meets at the Arts Center on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May. There is a small annual membership fee to join the League, which includes all artists working in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media in all genres. The LCAL has an annual juried exhibition at the Arts Center on display from November-January. Their goal as a group is to promote educational programming and a critique environment for the membership.
The Neuse Quilters Guild (NQG) was founded in 1995, with the purpose of promoting and perpetuating the art of quilting through education and exhibits. NQG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and an umbrella organization of the Community Council for the Arts. NQG encourages a high standard of design and technique in all forms of quilting and welcomes all beginners and experts. Membership is open to any person of race, sex or creed and interested individuals may become an active member on payment of the annual dues of $20. NQG meets each Wednesday throughout  the year, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Community Council for the Arts located at 400 N. Queen Street in Kinston, N.C.  New members are always welcome! For more information contact the Arts Center at 252-527-2517.

The Neuse Quilters Guild (NQG) meetings feature special programs, show and tell opportunities, and technique and pattern instructions.

NQG is dedicated to serving the community by participating in many quilting projects throughout the year, including:
Quilts of Valor; North Carolina State Veterans Home — Kinston; Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina; Children’s Oncology Department at Vidant Medical Center; Families of Fallen Soldiers; Totes for the American Red Cross; Pillow cases and pillows for Riley’s Army; Stockings for Children and totes for adults at SAFE in Lenoir County, Inc.
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Potters Gathering

Potters Gathering is a group of local ceramists get together for fellowship and artistic support. In the past, they have generously provided handcrafted pottery for the Soup & A Bowl event, offering 100% of the proceeds from the pottery sales for the Community Council for the Arts.

Down East Woodturners

Down East Woodturners meet the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Center, 400 North Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501.

Our meetings concentrate on the how-to of the craft featuring demonstrations covering all aspects of woodturning, including tools, equipment, safety and artistic design.  Woodturners are a unique group of craftsmen who take pride in sharing their knowledge and techniques with all. The monthly meeting include time for “show and tell of members work”.

The fourth Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., there is a free demonstration of Woodturning on the 2nd floor of the Council for the Arts building, Kinston. Turned items will be donated to public attending. No demonstration in September.
Downeast Woodturners are a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

Contact Call George at 252-560-4994
the Arts Center at 252-527-2517 for more information. Visit: ​​ 
Down East Woodturners community activities include: free demonstration programs to various public events such as – Jones County Heritage Day in Trenton, the Cove City Volunteer Fire Department day, BBQ festival and at Tryon Palace.