Discover Raleigh Arts

Last updated Sep. 10, 2018 - 3:45 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!

Arts & Economic Prosperity Study

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $531 million in annual economic activity in the City of Raleigh—supporting 18,894 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $53 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 National Economic Impact Study (AEP5), an economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts.

Results show that Raleigh nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent more than $167 million during fiscal year 2015. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services, and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $156 million in household income for local residents and $14.7 million in local government revenues. In the City of Raleigh, a total of 826 valid audience-intercept surveys were collected from attendees to nonprofit arts and cultural performances, events, and exhibitions. Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.

(Arts Economic Impact Report - One Page Summary)

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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Block2 Gallery

Block2 Gallery

Block2 Video Series

Raleigh Art's Block2 Video Series is a visual platform for video, digital and new media artists. Viewed after dark, the changing videos aim to expand a viewer's notion of what visual art is and introduce the community to new artists, ideas and experimental mediums.

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Pop-up Studios

Pop-up Studios move from community center to community center every two months.

All Pop-up Studio programs are free and materials are provided. Each program is limited to 12 participants; preregistration is encouraged, but walk ins are welcomed as long as space permits.

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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: Percent for Art

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In 2009, Raleigh City Council established a Percent for Public Art program, allocating one-half percent of capital construction projects for public art. In 2016, the allocation was increased to one percent. 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


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

Executive Director

Sarah Powers | 919-996-4685

Arts Grant Director

Sarah Corrin | 919-996-4686

Arts Program Director

Belva Parker | 919-996-4683

Raleigh Public Art Director

Kelly McChesney | 919-996-5657


Stacy Bloom Rexrode | 919-996-4687

Pullen Arts Center Director

Eliza Kiser | 919-996-4895

Sertoma Arts Center Director

Julia Meder | 919-996-2329

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