Arts of the Albemarle invites our community and visitors to experience the arts, music and culture of the region through diverse performances, exhibitions and educational programs.

Upcoming Events

AoA Presents Pierce Freelon and the Beast in the Maguire Theater
May 28

FREE Indie jazz and hip-hop.

Now in its twelfth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight outta Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial nexus of a new south, The Beast is a home-grown artistic force, mixing tap-dancers, puppeteers, and spoken word artists into its repertoire.

In July 2017 the band released “Woke,” its second full-length album, produced by Philadelphia native Steve McKie, who has recorded and drummed for Bilal, Jill Scott, Musiq, and others. Emcee Pierce Freelon sums up the meaning of the album: There is an awakening, a remembering happening in the United States, the likes which have not been seen since the Black Power Movement. The movement for Black Lives has resurged, and is being led by radical, Black, queer, Afrofuturists – organizers, artists, scholars and citizen journalists. We are powerful. We are envisioning new worlds, and new possibilities for ourselves, here on earth and beyond. In the traditions of Harriet Tubman, and Ella Baker, and Ida B Wells, and Pauli Murray, and James Baldwin, and Nina Simone, and Octavia Butler and Sun Ra – we are on the mothership. Y’all had a good run, but we’re evolving. We are infinite. We believe we are super-heroes. We are WOKE. The Beast is dedicated to education and cultural outreach. The group has developed workshops on creativity, improvisation, and the history of African-American music based on the Blackademics Hip Hop curriculum founded by emcee Pierce Freelon. A professor of African American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central University, Freelon’s workshops have reached a multi-generational audience from New York to New Delhi. Link to a recent youtube video:

Tuesday, May 28 7:00 PM FREE
River City Strings Concert
May 31
Come and enjoy the sounds of the first ever USCG River City Strings Ensemble. This is a FREE event in the Maguire Theater at AoA. This ensemble provided beginning string education for the children of Coast Guard personnel stationed here in Elizabeth City.

Friday, May 31 5:30 PM FREE
Disco Dance Night
Jun 1
Elizabeth City Dances! Come Join Us At AoA for Disco Night! The event is from 7 - 10 pm. Bill Lauten of Los Angeles, California is our DJ and emcee! All tickets are $10.00. To get tickets you can call us at: 252-338-6455, stop by Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm or order online.  

Saturday, Jun 1 7:00 PM
Motown Dance Night
Jun 7
Come Join us for Motown Dance Night at AoA! Bill Lauten of Los Angeles, California is our DJ and emcee! 7 - 10 pm.  All tickets $10.00

Friday, Jun 7 7:00 PM