Cultural Arts

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts

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 Wesleyan Players productions, and concerts of the Tar River Swing Band and Orchestra.

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan University. The facility includes the 1,181 seat Minges Auditorium, the intimate Powers Recital Hall and several galleries including the Mims & Gravely Galleries. Other spaces include the Carlton Board Room and the Garner Lobby, as well as an acting classroom.

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The Mims and Gravely 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 Gravely Gallery in The Dunn Center is a new space for edgy, young art made possible by a generous gift in honor of the late Janice Gravely. As a showcase for student talent at both NCWU and other local schools, it’s a great entry point for emerging artists and a tremendous benefit to the local art community. With so much to see and do at The Dunn Center, here’s a brand new gallery fulfilling that promise!

mims gallery

Wesleyan Theatre Program

The N.C. Wesleyan University Theatre Program produces at least three full-length plays annually for the college community in The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend the open auditions each fall and spring. Students may also work to build sets, run lights and sound, or assist with costumes and makeup. The theatre program also sponsors the drama club [Wesleyan Players] which is open to all interested students. The N.C. Wesleyan University Theatre Program is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

Roger Drake is the Professor of Theatre at NCWC. Contact him with questions at 252.985.5185 or