Triangle Area Arts Organizations
North Carolina had long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama, and music when, by executive order in 1964, Governor Terry Sanford created the North Carolina Arts Council to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention, and prosperity. Under Governor Dan K. Moore, the Arts Council became a statutory state agency in 1967. It operates today as an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the nation’s first cabinet level state agency for the arts, history, and libraries.
Since 1990, United Arts has served as the umbrella fundraising organization for the arts in Wake County. To accomplish this mission, we raise money from businesses, individuals, foundations and government. Funds are distributed back to the community through grants to artists and arts organizations, the Artists in the Schools Program, Community Arts Reach and Creative Explorations teacher training.
Opera Carolina is the premiere professional opera company in the Carolinas, presenting four main stage productions, the annual Valentine’s Concert – Love Notes, and acclaimed Education & Outreach Programs that reach more than 75,000 citizens in North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia each year.
Artspace inspires individual creativity by engaging the community in the process of the visual arts. Artspace is a non-profit visual art center dedicated to providing inspiring and engaging arts education and community outreach programs, creating a dynamic environment of over 100 professional artists, and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions.
Built in 2001, Booth Amphitheatre is unlike any other venue in the area. Designed by architect William Rawn Associates of Boston the park has been described as truly magnificent. Located among 14 acres of stately hardwoods and pines and beautifully situated next to Symphony Lake, the Amphitheatre blends nicely with its natural setting. With the capacity for 7,000 people, patrons can enjoy a seat on our spacious lawn or specially designed crescent deck.
Carolina Ballet was launched in 1997, under the direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, to serve the ever-expanding Triangle community that includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill,
Research Triangle Park, Fuquay-Varina and beyond.
Durham Arts Council, Inc. promotes excellence
and access in the creation, experience
and active support of the arts for all
the people of our community.
Marbles Kids Museum inspires imagination,
discovery and learning through extraordinary
adventures in play and larger-than-life IMAX experiences.
The North Carolina Museum of History is alive with the past—your past. It is as full of life and personalities as it is people who care for the collection, people who interpret the collection, and people who visit the collection. It is also alive with the contributions of all the people involved in its creation, development, and growth.
Temple Theatre offers you affectionate and humorous musical theatre productions as well as bold and innovative plays in a relaxed, friendly environment free from all the hassles associated with big city living. Temple Theatre’s shows unite NC artists with national talent, offering patrons Broadway caliber entertainment at a nominal cost. Centrally and conveniently located between the Triangle area and Fayetteville, patrons do not have to worry about being ‘properly dressed’, paying processing fees, exorbitant ticket prices, or finding FREE parking.
Theatre In The Park, currently celebrating its 62nd season, is located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park adjacent to North Carolina State University. The theatre is acclaimed for its many outstanding theatrical achievements. Each season Theatre In The Park presents an exceptional series of productions including the very best in comedy, original musicals, Shakespeare, and contemporary drama. Theatre In The Park is North Carolina’s largest non-profit performing arts. Theatre In The Park truly offers something for everyone.
Burning Coal Theatre Company is Raleigh’s small professional theatre. We emphasize work that is literate, visceral, affecting using a mixture of professional level local artists and advanced career professionals from across the United States and beyond.
The Philharmonic Association seeks to foster the love of great music in young musicians by sponsoring four musical ensembles. These ensembles include three full symphony orchestras that study and perform great classical music. The different orchestras seek to provide opportunities to musicians of various levels of proficiency.
The Triangle Youth Philharmonic, (TYP), is the most advanced group; the Triangle Youth Symphony, (TYS), is for moderately advanced musicians; and the Triangle Youth Orchestra, (TYO), is for intermediate students with less orchestral experience. The fourth group, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, (TYJE), is for advanced high school musicians interested in studying and performing the best of the big band jazz literature.
Dr. Joseph Kitchen organized the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle originally under the name of St. Stephen’s Chamber Orchestra in 1982. Its first conductor was violist George Taylor. In 1988, under the artistic direction of Lorenzo Muti, the ensemble reorganized as a non-profit cultural and educational organization, totally independent of the church where it originated. From the beginning, the orchestra was received with genuine respect and enthusiasm by the community, as well as by music critics. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast. With its elite corps of musicians, the orchestra continues to present a well-chosen and unusual repertoire that delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics. That standard of excellence has become the hallmark of the orchestra and has distinguished each succeeding season. The 2007-2008 series marks our 25th concert season.
PineCone-the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.
The North Carolina Master Chorale One of the major choral organizations of the Southeast, the North Carolina Master Chorale has been performing choral-orchestral masterworks for nearly 70 years. The Master Chorale boasts two renowned ensembles: a 170-voice symphonic choir and a 22-voice professional chamber choir that presents a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to Contemporary. Our singers, selected by audition, bring a collective wealth of training and experience. The Master Chorale regularly collaborates with symphony orchestras, opera companies, ballet and touring productions. Music Director and conductor, Alfred E. Sturgis, holds multiple degrees in music and studied and performed with Robert Shaw in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to the Master Chorale, Dr. Sturgis serves as Music Director for the Carolina Ballet and the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded as the Raleigh Oratorio Society in 1942, Master Chorale has evolved into a major regional performing arts group that works with over 250 artist-musicians each season, reaching an annual audience of over 10,000 choral arts enthusiasts.