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2024 Events In The Courtyard 

The Courtyard is a beautiful outdoor art space, located in downtown Manteo. Join us for one of our upcoming events, listed below.

First Friday, June 7: Live music by The Storyweavers in The Courtyard from 6pm to 8pm.

First Friday, July 5: Live music by The Rea Family Band in The Courtyard from 6pm to 8pm.

First Friday, August 2: More info coming soon.

First Friday, September 6: Live music by Anchor Blazer in The Courtyard from 6pm to 8pm.

Summer 2024 Installation: Kaleidoscope of Imagination is a Courtyard installation by artist Brandon Thompson. Scroll down for more info.

All of The Courtyard events are free, family-friendly and open to the public.


Summer 2024 Courtyard Installation

Kaleidoscope of Imagination is a Courtyard installation by artist Brandon Thompson. The installation will be up through the summer of 2024. 

About the Art: Kaleidoscope of Imagination is an immersive experience. Brandon’s hope is that the installation will spark curiosity and a sense of joy. Through his coastal inspired subject matter, this installation takes familiar objects and shows them through the lens of a playful imagination. Made with found material, constructed and painted with vibrant pops of color, this energetic display is meant to awaken positivity and play for the viewer.

Artist Bio: Brandon Thompson is a mixed media artist from Virginia Beach, VA. He makes his art using found objects, mainly silverware. With a love for taking something common and turning it into something unique and fun, Brandon is always creating new work and can be found on social media as well as his website -

About The Courtyard 

The Courtyard Project’s Groundbreaking Ceremony was hosted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

The project transformed the yard behind the 1904 Courthouse building into a multi-functional courtyard that enabled Dare Arts to expand its programming, serve additional segments of the community and showcase a broader range of creative endeavors including outdoor artwork, workshops and artist demonstrations.

To learn how to participate in the Courtyard, please email Jessica Sands at

The Courtyard was designed by Ben Cahoon of Cahoon + Kasten Architects.

Courtyard Project Supporters

A special thank you to the Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Charitable Trust, Dare County Tourism BoardOuter Banks Community Foundation, The Cannon Foundation, The Camp-Younts Foundation, Dominion EnergySouthern Bank FoundationLowe’s, Walmart Giving, Ace Hardware, The McLaughlin Family Charitable Fund and generous community donors for supporting this project.

This project is funded in part by the Dare County Tourism Board.

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