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Umbrella Organizations

Umbrella organizations are special interest 501C-3 or volunteer arts organizations that meet at the Community Council for the Arts or other properties and work under the umbrella of the Arts Council.  As stated in part of the mission statement, the Arts Council "offers administrative services and educational opportunities in support of artists, art agencies, and audiences."  Some of the support services offered include meeting space during regular business hours or special arrangements; management of funds; organization capacity support; and advertising.  A plan for how the Community Council for the Arts might serve a specific organization is developed based on the unique needs of the organization.
If you have an organization you would like to be considered as an Umbrella Group of the Arts Council, please contact CCA at (252) 527-2517 or


(Kinston Area Railroad Modelers Association)

K.A.R.M.A. has a permanent model railroad display in the basement of the Arts Center. Model trains run most Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

K.A.R.M.A. is seeking new members. Contact the Arts Center at (252) 527-2517 for more information.

Lenoir County Artist League

The Lenoir County Artist League meets at the Arts Center on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May. There is a small annual membership fee to join the League, which includes all artists working in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media in all genres. The LOCAL has an annual juried exhibition at the Arts Center on display from November-January. Their goal as a group is to promote educational programming and a critique environment for the membership.

Neuse Quilters Guild

The Neuse Quilters Guild (NQG) was founded in 1995, with the purpose of promoting and perpetuating the art of quilting through education and exhibits. NQG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and an umbrella organization of the Community Council for the Arts. NQG encourages a high standard of design and technique in all forms of quilting and welcomes all beginners and experts. Membership is open to any person of race, sex or creed and interested individuals may become an active member on payment of the annual dues of $20. NQG meets at Spilman Baptist Church, 601 Madison Avenue, Kinston, every Wednesday, 10am to noon, and have started a ​bi-monthly guild on Thursdays at 6:30pm. A "Night Owls" group meets the first and third Mondays at 6:30pm at Spilman Baptist Church as well. New members are always welcome! For more information contact the Arts Center at (252) 527-2517.

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Potters Gathering

Potters Gathering is a group of local ceramists get together for fellowship and artistic support. In the past, they have generously provided handcrafted pottery for the Soup & A Bowl event, offering 100% of the proceeds from the pottery sales for the Community Council for the Arts.

Down East Woodturners

Down East Woodturners meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm-9pm at the Arts Center, 400 North Queen Street, Kinston, NC. 


Meetings concentrate on the how-to of the craft featuring demonstrations covering all aspects of woodturning, including tools, equipment, safety and artistic design. 


Woodturners are a unique group of craftsmen who take pride in sharing their knowledge and techniques with all. The monthly meeting include time for “show and tell of members work”. 


Down East Woodturners are a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Contact the Arts Center for more information — (252) 527-2517.

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