PROGRAMS

Celebrating the Arts in Dare County 

You Have The Power

Through our After School Programs, our main goal is to establish a positive feeling of change in the community. With the help of our amazing volunteers, this program has truly taken off and is now shaping up to be one of the best in the city. Would you like to get involved? Get in touch with us today to see how you can make a difference.

new world festival of the arts

Lend A Hand

NWFA is an annual juried outdoor festival featuring fine art and fine craft. Hosted by Dare County Arts Council and the Town of Manteo, the Festival provides local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work. This is a family-oriented outdoor show, which takes place on the Manteo Waterfront during August of each year. Originally started 1981 by Manteo business owner Edwards Greene, the Festival to not only provides awareness of the current trends in visual arts but also acquaint visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo. NWFA is now in its 36th year of presenting a show of the regions finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.

Unleash The Power Of Art

The Power of Art program serves special groups in need or with limited access to arts programming and education. The program's objective is to give those with disabilities and difficulties with self-expression the opportunity to create and make critical decisions through unique art programs. The program was designed to utilize the fundamental power of art to create new outlets for the participants’ memories, dreams and aspirations.

The Longest Running Visual Arts Show In Dare County 

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is held every January at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo.

Kids' Art Festival 

Artrageous is a free annual arts festival for children, featuring live art demos, kids activities, art vendors, music, dancing, delicious food and fun for the whole family. The event is organized and staffed by volunteer artists, musicians, crafters, dancers, writers, photographers and other creative people who dedicate their time and energy to the event each year. Sponsors, volunteers and artists are encouraged to become involved in this Dare County community tradition.

In Memory of Mollie A. Fearing 

Every May the annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show returns to the Dare County Arts Council Gallery. The annual “Mollies” show features an eclectic mix of artwork. This show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council.

Celebrating Art On Cape Hatteras 

Rock The Cape is a three-day celebration of the creative community of Hatteras Island with live music, art demonstrations and activities for children. The festival hosts activities from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, including a Gallery tour that highlights all the unique galleries on the island and a large art show featuring arts and crafts by Hatteras Island artists. 

Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

New World Festival of the Arts is an annual juried outdoor festival featuring fine art and fine craft. Hosted by Dare County Arts Council and the Town of Manteo, the Festival provides local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work. This is a family-oriented show, which takes place on the Manteo Waterfront during August of each year. 

Celebrating Veterans in Dare County

The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is part of the Veteran-friendly events sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau during November’s Outer Banks Veterans Week.

Film Festival

Surfalorus is a premier collaboration between the Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Film Festival. Surfalorus is an annual showcase of the year’s coolest surf films and ocean documentaries that started as part of the larger festival and grew into its own event. The free family-friendly event features international, regional and local surf films screenings at various venues on the Outer Banks.

A Downtown Manteo Tradition

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of each month, April through December from 6 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Manteo along the Waterfront. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rockclimbing wall and much more. 

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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

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