Community Council for the Arts
Promoting the Arts:  What Makes Us So Special
The Community Council for the Arts (CCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which was established in Kinston, Lenoir County more than 50 years ago. CCA is a regional center unifying community ties through exposure to the arts and providing rich cultural experiences while promoting tourism, economic development and educational opportunities for all.
 
It’s home, the Arts Center, is a beautifully renovated, 30,000 sq. ft. building located in the heart of downtown Kinston at 400 N. Queen Street. This cultural center offers residents, children and visitors quality programming and continued development of the arts in and for our community and extended region. The Arts Center houses six premier art galleries, a gift shop, art studios, music room, conference room, and meeting room spaces.
The Community Council for the Arts owns the largest collection of Public Art in North Carolina, including way-finding art, entranceway enhancements, and art documenting and celebrating the community’s heritage. This collection of artworks is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has been commissioned or purchased through a private donation, which established the restricted account, and through a variety of grants.
 
Each year, the Arts Council:
 
  • Supports nine umbrella organizations

 

  • Hosts 350+ artists of numerous genres

 

  • Receives more than 90,000 visitors

 

  • Works with a multitude of community partners on heritage, enhancement, tourism, education, entertainment and economic development projects

 

  • Leverages an average of $100,000 in grants for community development projects through the arts
     
Public Art Trail Brochure (pdf)
Public Art Projects
The Community Council for the Arts is home to the Kinston Music Park: A celebration of African American Musical Heritage. Located at Spring Hill and South Queen streets, this park serves as the hub of African American music of Eastern North Carolina.
 
Park hours are from dawn to dusk daily and is a vibrant venue for seasonal outdoor concerts, self-guided tours, and educational field trips. The park features include: a 12 foot high, 23 foot wide sculpture, benches and walkway with quotes from area musicians.
 
Learn more about the Kinston Music Park and the African American Trails of Eastern North Carolina by visiting the website: http://www.africanamericanmusicnc.com/
Kinston Music Park Brochure
(pdf)
For more information about CCA and the Arts Center, contact us at 252-527-2517. Admission is free and open to the public.