The Courtyard Project 

The project will transform the yard behind the 1904 Courthouse building into a multi-functional courtyard that will enable Dare County Arts Council 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.

The new courtyard, which was designed by Ben Cahoon of Cahoon + Kasten Architects, will feature innovative and versatile concepts including a pergola for shade and displaying artwork, permanent seating, infrastructure for natural and kinetic works, improved lighting, and an accessible ramp to Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Civic leaders, artists, visitors, art supporters and many other members of the Outer Banks community gathered at Dare County Arts Council for the Courtyard Project’s Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3. 

Dare County Arts Council’s Courtyard will open in 2021.

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.