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


Dare County Arts Council invites the community to downtown Manteo for the Courtyard Project’s Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3 at 10am.


Immediately following the Groundbreaking Ceremony, there will be a reception and Open House inside Dare County Arts Council, where members of the community can learn more about the project and enjoy light refreshments.


The ceremony and the reception are free and open to the public.


Dare County Arts Council’s Courtyard is expected to open in the fall of 2020.

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.

(252) 473-5558

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC 27954

©2016 by Dare County Arts Council. Proudly created with

Summer Gallery Hours:

May - September

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am -  4pm

Closed Sunday

Winter Gallery Hours:

October 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

© 2020 Dare County Arts Council. All Rights Reserved. 

Bryan Cultural Series Logo.png