Discover Raleigh Arts

Last updated May 17, 2016 - 2:21 pm
Discover Raleigh Arts

The Office of Raleigh Arts, a part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, administers the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supports the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers. Activities that foster, support and promote the arts include arts classes and workshops at the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers, Awards and Recognition, the Block Art Gallery, the Arts Partners grants program, the Municipal Art Collection and Public Art. The arts in Raleigh are flourishing!

Universal Access and The Arts Series

When City Council approved the Raleigh Arts Plan in February, one of its goals was to create a Universal Arts Access Program with the intention that Raleigh become a national model for inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts. The Universal Access and the Arts Series represents the kick-off toward achieving that goal, and is the outgrowth of a yearlong Learning Community of 11 arts and cultural organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities. Participants in this inaugural Learning Community were Arts Access, Arts Together, Artspace, CAM Raleigh, Cary Visual Art, Office of Raleigh Arts, PineCone, Raleigh Little Theatre, Sertoma Arts Center, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and Visual Art Exchange. The group began its work last July and is now expanding that dialogue to the entire community.

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Arts & Economic Prosperity Study

Once every five years, the Office of Raleigh Arts, United Arts Council and Town of Cary jointly sponsor the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts & Economic Prosperity study. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, based on data from 2010 and 2011, established that non-profit arts and culture organizations in Raleigh are a $143 million industry that supports almost 5,700 full-time equivalent jobs.

Arts & Economic Prosperity V will gather budget and employment information from nonprofit arts and cultural groups throughout Wake County and other data from the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. The study will also compile data from more than 1,200 audience intercept surveys collected at Wake County arts and cultural events during 2016. Survey takers will be asked about spending related to the arts in order to calculate the impact of arts activities from attendee spending.

Look for the Americans for the Arts surveys at arts events around Raleigh and Wake County and be sure to participate!

Raleigh Arts Plan

The Office of Raleigh Arts led development of the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year master plan to strengthen arts and culture for all of the City’s many communities and people. The planning process began in July 2014 and ended with City Council adoption of the Plan in February 2016.

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Artist Calls

Arts Centers

Kids and Art

Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes and workshops for adults in a variety of visual, performing and movement arts along with summer camps and visual and performing arts classes for preschool, youth and teens. Classes are offered year-round and are open to all.

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The Arts, by their very nature, celebrate who we are as individuals, as communities and as a nation. For three decades, the Office of Raleigh Arts has offered numerous opportunities for Raleigh residents to enjoy and participate in a wide range of arts activities.

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Block Gallery


The Block Gallery, located in the Raleigh Municipal Building, presents five to six exhibitions annually featuring artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists juried by visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners and City staff.

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The Arts Partners Program is the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organizations. In operation since 1989, it has distributed over $26 million dollars to qualifying organizations. A major example of City Council's dedication to the cultural development of Raleigh, grants funding is supported currently by a $5.00 per capita allocation.

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Municipal Art Collection


The Municipal Art Collection holds more than 600 fine art and public art pieces by local, state and national artists. Displayed throughout the City of Raleigh, the artworks include paintings, prints, drawings, textiles, posters and large-scale sculptures.

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Public Art: Citizen-Initiated Projects

Citizen-Initiated Projects

In 2014, Raleigh City Council approved the process for the review and acceptance of citizen-initiated public art projects on City property or City rights-of-way.

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Public Art: Half Percent for Art

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In 2009, the Raleigh City Council established a Percent for Public Art program, allocating one-half percent of capital construction projects for public art. Several projects involving local and national artists are currently in development to integrate public art into select Raleigh sites.

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Public Art: Special Projects


Dynamic temporary public art projects including ART-ON-THE-MOVE, Art on City Plaza, Banjostand, the Before I Die wall and the Q-Art Code Project provide ongoing cultural enhancements for Raleigh's vibrant community.

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Contact Information

919-996-3610 | Fax 919-996-7154
127 West Hargett Street, Suite 408 | Raleigh, NC 27601
PO Box 590 | Raleigh, NC 27602

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