Arts Support Organizations (cross-discipline, by city)

The following are independent or municipally supported arts support organizations that provide programs for their respective city, town or region, or provide support by artistic discipline.

Please email us any updates or suggestions for addition. Our goal is to keep this list as complete and up-to-date as possible.

Councils and Commissions by City/Town/County

Apex Arts Council – The Apex Arts Council is a nonprofit organization encouraging all artistic disciplines, including visual art, music, dance, theatre, literary arts, and others. The arts are at the core of the creative economy of our community and country, and should be nurtured and encouraged by all of us in every way possible. We strive to connect people to the arts in a meaningful manner. The Apex Arts Council is here to work for you as an artist, helping to promote your work through our art shows and events. We also need your ideas, inspiration, imagination, and your volunteer efforts. Contact Bob Crowley, President, 
PO Box 1381,
 Apex, NC, 27502, 919.363.8145
, Email. Website.

Cary Cultural Arts Division – The Town of Cary’s Cultural Arts Division is dedicated to provide services to the citizens of Cary and the surrounding area through a variety of events so they may come together as a community; to experience visual & performing arts activities showcasing artistic excellence; to operate appropriate cultural facilities; to consult with artists and cultural organizations as appropriate to further their development as community resources; and to oversee grants provided by the Town to support cultural groups and activities.   Contact:  Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512,  office: 316 N Academy St, (Cary Town Hall) ,  919-462-3861. EmailWebsite.

Chapel Hill Public Arts Office and Commission – The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public Arts Office develops and implements public art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for local artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts.  The Office is advised by and works collaboratively with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission, a 16-member volunteer board established in 1992 and appointed by the Town Council.  The Office’s Percent for Art Program, established by a 2002 Ordinance, allocates one percent of selected capital projects for the creation and maintenance of works of public art.  Funding for the Percent for Art projects comes from each project’s construction budget.  Jeff York, Public Art Director. 919-968-2750. EmailWebsite.

Clayton Visual Arts– Clayton Visual Arts, Inc., is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting, strengthening and guiding Clayton in lucrative artistic experiences in traditional and nontraditional fields of visual art. It is supported in part by the Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation and private donations. CVA accomplishes its mission by providing a variety of opportunities for local artists to show and sell their work. CVA also hosts several art-related events and competitions throughout the year. P.O. Box 698 Clayton, NC 27528. Website.

Chatham County Arts Council – The Chatham County Arts Council, is a not for profit organization that supports and presents the arts and artists in our community. The Council encourages community participation in the arts to enrich the quality of life of the county’s residents. The Council fosters arts awareness and education, and encourages the use of arts as a tool for economic development. ChathamArts offers classes, camps, events, a gallery, and organizational grants, among other services. Cheryl Chamblee, Executive Director. PO Box 418, Pittsboro, NC 27312,919-542-0394. Email. Website.

Durham Arts Council – Durham Arts Council, Inc., is a private nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.  120 Morris St., Durham, NC  27701, 919-560-ARTS, Sherry L. DeVries, Executive Director, EmailWebsite

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council – The Council is a membership organization with the mission to inspire and enhance the lives of citizens in our community and beyond by developing appreciation of the arts, presenting arts programming and education, supporting local artists, & fostering creativity in the community. PO Box 533 , 
Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526 ,
 919-399-3183, Tara Wilson, Executive Director,  Email. Website.

Holly Springs Art Council – Post Office Box 333, Holly Springs, NC , 27540-333, EmailWebsite.

Hillsborough Arts Council –  220 S Churton St., PO Box 625, 
Hillsborough, NC,  27278, 
919.643.2500, EmailWebsite.

Johnston County Arts Council The Council provides quality opportunities in the arts for every County resident. The council funds arts programs and projects throughout the county; enhances the quality of education for over 31,000 students in our schools through the Artists-in-the-Schools program; promotes local artists and arts activities for the public; provides key resources like the local artist database, community arts calendar and Arts Council website; serves as a key resource in making Johnston County a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Council is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. Darlene Williford, Executive Director
, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield, NC 27577, 
, Email. Website.

Orange County Arts Commission – The Orange County Arts Commission is an agency of Orange County government that works to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of the County. 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, NC, 919.245.2335. Email.  Website.

City of Raleigh Arts Commission – The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, established in 1977, serves as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives. The Commission proudly holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the City Council, the Commission is dedicated to the ongoing goal of connecting people to the arts and building a vital and ever-expanding creative community for Capital City residents and visitors. A division of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the Commission’s myriad activities foster, support and promote the arts by focusing on five key areas. Gerald Bolas, Executive Director
, 222 W Hargett St. 
PO Box 590, 
Raleigh, NC 27601-1479, 919-996-3610. Website. Email.

Wake Forest Arts – Wake Forest Arts supports local artists and existing art programs throughout our community and encourages new arts ventures. It is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is funded through grants from the Town of Wake Forest and through the contributions of our donors, sponsors and artist members. Our mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural institutions. Mary Petretich, President, 
PO Box 528,
 Wake Forest, NC, 27588-0528, 919-961-7778. EmailWebsite.

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County – United Arts is a private, nonprofit organization that provides various arts-related programs and services in Raleigh and Wake County. United Arts partners with businesses, individuals, foundations and the government to raise funds and distribute grants to schools, arts organizations and local artists. Eleanor H. Oakley, President/CEO. 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170, Raleigh, NC 27603,
 919-839-1498, ext. 203, EmailWebsite

Statewide Organizations

North Carolina Arts Council – Part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, its mission is to “ To Make North Carolina a Better State Through the Arts”. Website.

Arts North Carolina – North Carolina’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts.  “ARTS North Carolina calls for equity and access to the arts for all North Carolinians, unifies and connects North Carolina’s arts communities, and fosters arts leadership. We speak for the arts wherever there is need.” Website.

Organizational Support

Arts Access – Arts Access is an organization whose fundamental goal is to encourage and enable people with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities and participate fully in the cultural and artistic life of Raleigh and the Triangle area. Among other services, Arts Access trains and provides Audio Describers for cultural performances and provides sensitivity training for arts providers. PO Box 10574, Raleigh, NC 27605-0574, 919-833-9919. Website. Facebook.