Cultural Arts

Dunn Center for the Performing Arts

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. The facility includes the 1,180 seat Minges Auditorium, the intimate Powers Recital Hall, and several galleries including the Mims Gallery. Other spaces include the Carlton Board Room and the Garner Lobby, as well as an acting classroom.

The Dunn Center is proud to host the Wesleyan Season Series of cultural events. In addition to these world-class performances, the Dunn Center features a variety of campus and community events, including Campus Activity Board concerts, Wesleyan Theatre department productions, and concerts of the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus.


The Mims and North Civic Galleries at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts

In support of the cultural mission and quality entertainment of the Dunn Center, the Mims Gallery annually produces a series of art exhibits by nationally recognized and local professionals from various and diverse populations. All Gallery events are free to the public and bring music and art together for reception parties where visitors and art collectors can talk with visiting artists one on one.

The North Civic Gallery in the Dunn Center is a community gallery that features works from area schools, children’s art and special projects. The internationally recognized Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art in the Welcome Center specializes in Coastal Plain Art.

Music at Wesleyan

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
Berthold Auerbach

As a liberal arts college, North Carolina Wesleyan College recognizes the essential role of music in a broad-based liberal arts curriculum. In fact, the first faculty member the College hired upon opening in 1960 was Dr. William Sasser, Professor of Music and Choral Director.

Today, Tony Sawyer heads the music program. Contact him with questions at 252-985-5112 or