dare county arts council

Dare County Arts Council's Mission is to Encourage Arts Through

Advocacy, Enrichment and Opportunity.

Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare County Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. Dare County Arts Council strongly believes that the Arts are essential to the creation and sustenance of a thriving, vital community.

Dare County Arts Council operates a fine arts and craft gallery for emerging and established artists, providing a constantly rotating exhibit of local art. The gallery is located on the first floor of the historic 1904 Dare County Courthouse, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in downtown Manteo, NC.

We feature paintings, pottery, works in printmaking, jewelry, wood design, fiber art, and glass, as well as a fine selection of prints. We also host the Art-O-Mat, a vending machine designed to dispense only original works of art!

Each month we feature at least one new exhibit, with an opening reception held each First Friday from 6pm – 8pm. Our receptions are always a lively event with live music, light fare and libations.


Additionally, we have a constantly rotating selection of artwork. This makes for a fresh viewing experience and encourages visitors to come back often.

The Dare County Arts Council Gallery is operated entirely by our extraordinary volunteers and managed by our Gallery Manager. 

If you are interested in displaying your work with the DCAC Gallery, please see our gallery guidelines on this website or contact the gallery manager.

Stop in often and support our local artists!