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Arts and Cultural Facility List


201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Artspace is a non-profit visual arts center located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. We are a space for creativity, arts education and social practice composed of artist residencies and exhibitions, arts education for all ages and abilities, and community outreach. We believe art should be celebrated and valued as an essential part of our community.  Artspace offers a field trip program that is adaptable for student groups of all ages! On our tours, students learn the history of Artspace, about the exhibiting artists and their work, and interact with studio artists to expand their understanding of the creative process. Artspace docents and staff are focused on creating inclusive, collaborative discussions and providing students the opportunity to engage with our exhibitions through sensory elements and gallery interactives. After the tour, students form deeper connections with what they learned through a hands-on art activity that explores cross curricular projects and diverse media with professional artists. To learn more about Artspace’s field trip program, please contact Danny Pena, Education Manager, at [email protected] or call 919.821.2787. 

CAM Raleigh
409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27603
CAM is acontemporary art museum in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. CAM presents rotating exhibitions in three galleries featuring national, international, and local artists. CAM’s mission is to challenge the status quo by diversifying the art that we see, and catalyzing conversations to enhance growth and awareness within our Raleigh communities. CAM Raleigh welcomes school and community groups for guided tours. The tour will include a brief timeline of CAM’s history, its critical location in the warehouse district, and a focus on artist exhibitions, their process, and career trajectory. Admission is free. For more information: 919-261-5920 or [email protected] 

Carolina Ballet
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Carolina Ballet offers student matinees on weekday mornings each season for school groups to attend. These one-act performances expose students to the beauty, wonder and athleticism of ballet with the benefit of full production values. 2023-24Educational Matinees: The Nutcracker, Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:00 am at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Grades K-5, Fee: $10 per student.  Cinderella, Friday, May 17 at 11:00 am at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Grades K-5, Fee: $15 per student. For more informationvisit Carolina Ballet’s websiteor email Nicholas Fokine at [email protected]. 

Gregg Museum of Art and Design
1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27607
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University sparks creativity and encourages exploration through engaging exhibitions, relevant programming, and thought-provoking educational experiences. Focusing on outstanding examples of art, craft, and design, the museum utilizes cross disciplinary collaborations and its extensive collections to foster critical thinking and expand worldviews. Exhibitions present diverse artists, cultures, media, and techniques and examine the regions where art and design intersect with science, engineering, math, and technology. For more information visit https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/ or contact Christina Wytko Marchington, Educational Programs and Communications Coordinator at 919-515-2768 or [email protected] 

Joel Lane Museum House
728 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Joel Lane, called “The Father of Raleigh” because he facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792, built his home in 1769, in what was then a very rural part of North Carolina. The city grew up around his faithfully restored plantation manor, which was once deemed “The Best House for 100 Miles.” The site now includes three buildings and is today owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. Guided tours emphasizing 18th-century life in the Carolina “backcountry” are given by costumed docents, beginning in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh NC 27603. Admission: $1.00 per student, “Hands-On History” included; no charge for chaperones up to two per class. Additional adults are charged $1 each.  For information visit the Joel Lane Museum House website. 

Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Marbles Kids Museum is a destination for hands-on, minds-on learning for children and families. Located in downtown Raleigh, Marbles serves a diverse population of families, school groups and community organizations with dozens of themed exhibits, daily programs, IMAX educational and feature films and special events year-round. Museum programs and exhibits are designed for children 10-and-under. IMAX programs are available for students in grades K-8. Admission is $8-11. For information visit the Marbles website. 

Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St, Raleigh, NC 27604
Mordecai Historic Park, once the site of the largest plantation in Wake County, is the oldest house in Raleigh on its original location. The recreated 19th-century kitchen garden is based on documentation left by Ellen Mordecai in her memoir and letters.  Historic outbuildings include the overseer’s office and smokehouse, the Allen Kitchen, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, St. Mark’s Chapel, and the birthplace of the 17th President, Andrew Johnson.  Four programs (Artifact and House program; Plantation Slavery program; Andrew Johnson program; Historic Raleigh Trolley rides) for schools groups are offered.  Admission is free – $2/student.  For more information visit the Mordecai website. 

NC State University, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Avenue Raleigh NC 27695
NC State LIVE is the professional performing arts series at NC State University. Located in Talley Student Union, this team brings in artists from all over the world to our campus and community. NC State LIVE offers a School Matinee Series that gives school groups the opportunity to attend weekday performances that support the public school curriculum. The experience is fun for students and easy for teachers. From the moment school groups arrive on campus, the staff is with them every step of the way. Study guides are available to directly connect the theatre experience with classroom goals. In addition to the School Matinee Series, NC State LIVE connects artists in residence with elementary/ middle/ high schools for workshops, master classes, and lecture/demonstrations. For more information visit live.arts.ncsu.edu or contact Program Coordinator, Ariel Fay Gray at 919-513-3052 or [email protected]. 

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Explore diverse art from ancient times to the present at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Free guided tours for K-12 groups encourage students to explore, discuss, and understand selections from the Museum’s collection or select special exhibitions. Admission to the NCMA is free. To learn more about what’s available, go to http://ncartmuseum.org/visit/tours/. Contact: Museum’s School Group Coordinator at [email protected] or 919-664-6852. 

North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
The Museum offers self-guided tours of its permanent and changing exhibits, allowing educators to highlight topics in North Carolina history covered in our galleries that are relevant to their curricula. For more information visit the NC Museum of History’s website. To book a tour contact 919-814-6950. 

North Carolina Symphony
Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The North Carolina Symphony performs music education concerts for third through fifth-grade school children statewide. This tradition has grown into one of the most extensive music education programs in the nation, with the Symphony performing more than 40 education concerts each year. The theme for 2022-23 is “What makes music, MUSIC?” Using the most exciting compositions of composers from around the world, the Symphony demonstrates the fundamentals of classical music: melody, tempo, texture, rhythm, form and dynamics. For more information, visit https://www.ncsymphony.org/education/ or contact [email protected]. 

Pure Life Theatre
6638 Old Wake Forest Road Raleigh NC 27616
Pure Life Theatre offers a two-hour field trip for 5th grade students to come and see Mamie Till Mobley’s ”The Face of Emmett Till.” Dates: May 12-21, 2023. Additionally, in preparation for the show, Dr. Deborah A. Royals Mizerk will offer a 1.5 hour workshop at the participating schools where students will have the opportunity to learn the history behind the story, engage in a Viewpoints workshop and dive into Creative Drama work that is tied to the themes in the show. Fee involved. School performances will be scheduled according to days/times needed.  For more information visit the Pure Life Theatre website or call 919-272-1551.  

Raleigh Dance Theatre
Fletcher Opera Theater at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh NC 27604
The George W. Newton School Performance Initiative was established in 2015, fulfilling a long-term goal to spread the excitement and benefits of arts education. The annual free performance provides children who may not otherwise have the opportunity, exposure to the magic of a live in-theatre performance. The 75-minute performance of Storybook Tales featuring dramatic dance interpretations of Fancy Nancy & the Mermaid Ballet and Ferdinand the Bull will be on Friday, November 3 at 10:30 am. Deadline to reserve space: September 15, 2023, or until all seats are full. Raleigh Dance Theatre makes available a study guide using the stories that include ways to enhance and incorporate character building, language arts, math, music, and art. Raleigh Dance Theatre staff and dancers provide an in-person assembly to schools to prepare students for the theater experience. The best part is that it is absolutely FREE thanks to generous private donations to theGeorge W. Newton School Performance Initiative. Please register at https://mailchi.mp/04eb5a184973/ez7g64mji7 to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity! 

Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Raleigh Little Theatre offers a two-hour field trip for K-5 students that includes a one-hour theatre workshop and a one-hour backstage tour. During the tour, students will see what the audience doesn’t see: costume shop, dressing rooms, backstage, and scene shop–plus get an actor’s view of the multiple stages. In the workshop, students become the actors and build their skills. Fee involved. Field trips are available on select dates October 2022-April 2023. For more information on dates, cost and content, visit theRaleigh Little Theatre website. Any questions can be directed to [email protected] or 919-821-4579 x231. 

Apr 18

NCCMI: Spring Concert 3

4:00 pm–6:00 pm

NCCMI ensembles showcase the repertoire they have been working on over the last year.
Apr 18

A Little Night Music

7:30 pm–10:30 pm

A Little Night Music , the Tony Award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, explores a series of interwoven love affairs c…

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