On the Farmville Paramount Main Stage
Our first annual 48 hour Play Fest!
This fun theater event will be held September 9-10th. Watch our Facebook page and this site for more information. Participants will brainstorm and write a short play, direct it and present it to a live public audience. All in 48 hours !!
Artist Exhibit featuring Ross Moore
Featuring Ross Moore
Ross is an impressionist from Alabama that has recently moved to Eastern North Carolina. His unique story along with life’s trials has impacted his art. Once again, EMD Gallery has a family affair and not to be missed is Ross’ Great Grandfather’s handmade kayak that gives it the name of this exhibit.
Artist Reception in the EMD Gallery – August 10th 6-8 PM
Just because you missed the reception (BTW – it was a lot of fun! ) doesn’t mean you will have to miss this great exhibit. Gallery Hours are Monday – Thursday from 9 AM – 1 PM – Friday from 3PM – 5PM and by appointment. 252-753-3832
Farmville Art Walk – Every Third Friday
Some of Our Past Events
Don’t be late! Very Very Late ! for Alice in Wonderland! Tickets are on sale for this spectacular performance by a talented cast of 35 actors and actresses ages 4 – 13 ! Four unbelievable shows, August 3, 4 and 5th at 7 PM and August 6th at 3 PM. Please come and support the cast, crew and the Farmville Arts Council as we foster the love of theater in the next generation, or the Queen might have your head !
by Pamela Parker
May 4-7th 2023
It was a simpler time in the late 1940s, especially in South Georgia and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and “Give ’em Hell Harry” was still president. It had been an exciting time for sure, but the folks in Second Samuel were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. Except—this was the summer Miss Gertrude passed away, and deep dark secrets were about to be revealed. Nobody could have imagined how the death of one sweet little old lady would turn the entire town upside down, leaving everybody in Second Samuel wondering if anything would ever be normal again!
A family friendly dramatic comedy that leaves you laughing and delivers a heartfelt message.
Tickets Available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/73642
Trusted Mic Live series begins as a special presentation at the Farmville Dogwood Festival !
This free concert is part of the Farmville Dogwood Festival under the Gazebo on the Town Commons. From 5-7 PM April 28th. Come and hear Sony recording artists GLRYA and The Rakeim Walker Project.
Artist’s Reception – April 7th
Jun is self-taught and grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil. At the age of 10, his family noticed his talent and they encouraged him to begin to find his identity as an artist. During his adolescence, he began to understand art and its ability to transform life’s experiences. This allowed him to translate family drama, violence, and personal frustrations into art. He noticed human interactions, that he started to portray in his work, along with injustices he observed. He began to use his art as a voice being influenced by music, pop art, and urban art. Mixing these influences together with organic movements and vibrant colors, he found his ever-evolving voice as an artist.
Artist’s Reception – March 9th
Our Second featured exhibit in our brand new state of the art EMD Gallery ! Opening Reception was December 16th from 6-9 PM at 3725 N. Main Street, Farmville, NC
The Wizard of Oz
We’re off to see the wizard ! This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has entertained audiences for generations.
THANK YOU PATRONS AND GUESTS !
We had sell-out audiences for each performance!!
Please consider becoming a member of FCAC. Membership has its benefits including discount tickets to our performances and private receptions before our Main Stage performances.
Our Victorian Christmas
It’s an audience interactive holiday show where the Edward and Annie Price family of the Victorian era is having a family Christmas celebration and you, the audience, have been invited. It’s a wholesome holiday comedy for the entire family. Songs and games presented in a unique performance that includes the audience.
Tickets $20-$25, FCAC Members $15-$20 with Member Exclusive Pre-Show Reception included. Order Online. Group rates available for 15 patrons or more, single purchase. Call Box Office: 252-753-3832 for details.
Pitt County’s Newest Art Gallery
Unveiled and Christened on September 9, 2022
Located at 3725 North Main Street Farmville, NC
as part of
Farmville Community Arts Center
Our First Featured Artist
Olena, a native of Ukraine immigrated with her husband and two children to Canada then North Carolina, sharing her painting talents along the way. She is an accomplished artist in painting and iconography, technically proficient in Petrykivka painting. Petrykivka, her hometown in central Ukraine is famous for the traditional painting known as Petrykivka rozpys (from word writing). The decorative art of Petrykivka originated in ancient times, typically stylized borders of plants and flowers painted on walls of homes and household items. This folk art relies on natural dyes and basic tools such as cat’s fur brushes, fingers and plant sticks.
Olena is trying to incorporate her passion for folk art in her contemporary paintings.
She has shown in over 40 solo and group exhibitions in Ukraine, Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. She has won many awards and has attained many certificates to her credit. Her works belong to many public galleries as well as many private collections. Olena has taught classes at Ukrainian Art School. To the credit of her exhibitions, she has attained the credentials as a member of the prestigious Ukrainian Art Board.
The Farmville Community Arts Council’s Emily Monk Davidson Gallery has been a work of slow progress over the last three years. The biggest hurdle as you can expect was funding for what the council has imagined for years of the potential uses for the building next to our beloved Paramount Theatre and Arts Center. During the pandemonium of the pandemic, key components started to fit together to begin the project.
Both buildings are over 100 years old and in good shape. But, you can imagine, buildings of that era were built sturdily but not accessible to all people due to physical limitations of their design. The council and the Town of Farmville applied for and was granted a federally funded Community Block Grant to create accessible restrooms and better accessibility to an event/gallery space that is part of our arts complex.
Past Events Presented by the Farmville Community Arts Council
November 11, 2022
Please join us as Soul in Motion drums and dances into our souls for a spirited evening of fun! This is a free event for all ages!
Also guest appearance of Carroll Dashiell and his Jazz Ensemble !
In 1984 Michael Friend and his sister Khandi started performing as the Soul In Motion Players. The debut performance was at Michael’s alma mater, Howard University during Black History Month. The troupe began touring to other colleges and universities on the East Coast.
SIMPINC was performing famous works from highly acclaimed writers including the Last Poets, Maya Angelou, & James Baldwin.
In 1989 Soul In Motion became a full-time touring company with its busy season occurring during Black History Month. The group would hit the road for week-long stints. While attending a NACA convention in October 1989, Michael began writing his first play, WE ARE AFRICA. This script was inspired by Tony Browder’s book, From the Browder Files. Later that Fall, the script was completed, the roles were cast, and the group hit the road. Soul In Motion went on to tour WE ARE AFRICA for 13 seasons. During this time-frame, the group grew from just 4 company members to a full ensemble including drummers and dancers. Michael’s longtime friend, Keith Stephens joined the tour as technical director. Keith’s role continues to provide a key element to Soul In Motion’s success.
During the late 90’s Michael was introduced to choreographer/dancer Pam Lassiter Rhone. Pam began performing with Soul In Motion during the final few years of the WE ARE AFRICA era. Michael and Pam started collaborating on the idea of the Soul In Motion African Dancers and Drummers. This concept would slightly redefine Soul In Motion as the troupe approached the new millennium. The original members included drummer Jumbe Gilliam and dancer Phyllis Lewis.
Accepting the role of Associate Director, Pam would soon grow the group of dancers to six members while Michael built the drum battery. In a relatively short period of time Soul In Motion African Dancers and Drummers has become an energetic 11-member company, performing at some of the premier dance events in the Washington, DC area including the ever popular Dance Africa hosted by the Dance Place.
FCAC proudly presents the Second Annual Farmville Ghost Walk. Here’s your chance to explore the charm and history of Farmville, NC and meet some of its more colorful characters as you step back in time. The special “ghosts” along the tour will entertain you with funny, touching and true stories that will double you over with laughter and send chills down your spine at the same time.
The PCC Symphony Orchestra is excited to be performing at the Farmville Community Arts Council again. The Symphony will be performing the works of Borodin, Dvorak, and a wonderful arrangement of “Cinderella”. This will be a family friendly concert with a Halloween Costume Contest for children 12 and under. This concert is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Music Program at PCC and the Farmville Community Arts Council. October 25th 2022 at 7:30 PM – featured on the Main Stage of the Paramount Theatre at Farmville Community Arts Center – 3723 N. Main Street, Farmville, NC
Thank you to all of our patrons who created fantastic sellout audiences for our performances of Steel Magnolias!