Rocky Mount Offers Plenty In The Performing And Visual Arts Realms

Whether it's music, dance, theater or good ol' fashioned visual arts one craves, there are plenty of cultural centers in the Rocky Mount area to satisfy even the most sophisticated arts appetite.

Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences
The historically renovated, 135,000-square-foot Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences is located in downtown Rocky Mount and houses an arts center, multiple arts exhibits, a children's museum and science center and community performing arts theater, which stages more than 100 productions each year.

Dunn Center for the Performing Arts
One such facility is the state-of-the-art Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, located on the North Carolina Wesleyan College campus. Best known for its stage performances and top-notch sound and lighting systems, the center seats more than 1,200 in its revered Minges Auditorium and 133 in its intimate Powers Recital Hall. The center also houses two visual arts galleries dedicated to showcasing artists in the community as well as from around the world. Mims Gallery features professional and international art, while the Civic Gallery showcases the creative talents of local artists. Located nearby in NCWC's Pearsell Building is the world-renowned Four Sisters Gallery. Featuring self-taught, visionary artists from the Coastal Plain, the gallery often features selections from the Lynch Collection of Outsider Art.

Keihin Auditorium
The two-story‚ 70‚000-square-foot Keihin (pronounced kay-HEEN) Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro is another facility devoted to enhancing the arts quality in the Rocky Mount community. Seating 1,029, the Keihin Auditorium, located in the college’s Fleming Building, has a 70-foot wide stage, flown acoustic panels and a cutting-edge lighting system – attracting top musical talent, ranging from legendary blues artist BB King to folk guitarist Doc Watson to country music newcomer Taylor Swift.

Nash Arts Center
Housed in the former First Baptist Church is the Nash Arts Center, built back in 1914. Slated for demolition in 1983 to become a parking lot, the center has remained a thriving entity in the Rocky Mount arts scene with the help and support of the community – today, still using the original pews from the church for its seating. Run by Nash Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, the 200-seat center features performances by local music acts‚ plays written and directed by North Carolina playwrights and works of art by area artists.