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Pocosin Arts is dedicated to nurturing creativity through arts education. Located a few steps from the banks of the Scuppernong River we are surrounded by water, wildlife and the natural beauty of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, making it an ideal place to leave your daily routine behind and immerse yourself in one of our creative workshops. We offer evening, weekend, one-day and one-week workshops in metals, clay, photography, drawing, painting, textiles and more. Pocosin Arts also offers artist residencies that are tailored to the needs of individual artists.
In the fall of 1972 Feather Phillips made landfall. It was here among the cypress and juniper lined inlets with its beautiful wildlife that a Pennsylvania girl found a new home in Eastern North Carolina. In June of 1994 Feather and others got together to file articles of incorporation and created the Pocosin Arts Folk school as a private, non-profit, educational center whose mission was to connect culture to the environment through the arts.
Pocosin Arts has operated a teaching studio and gallery on Main Street in Columbia since 1995. Pocosin Arts has a diverse offering of programs, including: public school enrichment; after school children’s programming; weekend workshops; week long workshops; weekly adult and youth classes; artist’s residencies; clubs and guild programming; contract work with schools both private and public, Albemarle Ecological Field Site; and participation in festivals and fairs.
Since its inception Pocosin Arts continues to be a critical cultural resource to Tyrrell county and the surrounding area. With the recent completion of our new Riverside Studios and Lodge, we welcome program participants to come, stay, and take one of our extended workshops such as our annual retreat-Cabin Fever Reliever.