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Stories of Impact: Arts of the Pamlico


Arts of the Pamlico is a state-designated arts council providing cultural opportunities through initiation, support, and presentation of cultural and artistic programs in Beaufort County and the surrounding region. It is a goal of Arts of the Pamlico to present a wide range of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs and to encourage the same by advancing and supporting the efforts of local artists, arts organizations, and arts businesses throughout the region.


In 2021, Arts of the Pamlico received a North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant to help create new video resources that will open a window to Vaudeville in the early 1900s. Planned videos and programs will showcase history and interpret the theatre space where performances occurred. Arts of the Pamlico will gather and share stories, photos, sound recordings, and more in this project designed to preserve their Turnage Theatre.


“Being able to share this space, it’s past and it’s future, with so many is exciting and makes it’s restoration even more possible,” said Jeffery Phipps, Arts of the Pamlico Artistic Director.


“Celebrating our cultural past and imagining inclusive, educational and entertaining events for our community makes all of us at the Arts of the Pamlico double our efforts to produce videos which will further our mission. ‘Tales of the Turnage’ will showcase the richness and cultural diversity that is part of the history of North Carolina and especially eastern North Carolina.”


“When complete in summer 2022 [these videos] will leverage the previous investments by North Carolina Humanities that allowed us to purchase virtual recording equipment and set up training on how to develop quality, virtual cultural assets about our historic theatre,” Phillips concluded.



North Carolina Humanities awarded a total of $1,271,060 in American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants to 90 North Carolina cultural organizations in September 2021. Funding for North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants was provided to North Carolina Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), approved by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March 2021. To see a list of all 90 grantees visit


Stories of Impact is a limited-time blog series that highlights various North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant recipients and their amazing work across the state.