Arts of the Albemarle (AoA) is a regional non-profit arts council (representing Pasquotank, Gates and Camden Counties) located in Downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina in the recently renovated historical Lowry-Chesson Building, now called The Center.  This world-class facility houses the Jaquelin Jenkins Gallery, a home to over 250 artists, craftsman and photographers, the AoA School of the Arts, a multi-discipline visual and performing arts after – school instructional program and the Maguire Theatre, a State-of-the-Art 230 Seat performance space.

Our Mission Statement

Arts of the Albemarle invites our community and visitors to experience the arts, music and culture of the region through diverse performances, exhibitions and educational programs.


I have been a member of this wonderful organization for 30 years and I’m so very proud of its availability to art in all of its forms. I had served as Secretary of the Executive Board, the Board and Secretary of the Pasquotank Arts Council’s Gallery Board for approximately 12 years, simultaneously, and enjoyed every moment. Ever Upward, could be the AOA motto, because it is forever climbing upward in its goal of nurturing the Arts in our area, and beyond ! To the Staff and Volunteers, through the years, Kudos for doing such a great job! – Verna Austin Wall

Above and beyond the most attractive and professional gallery in my experience. As new residents in Elizabeth City, we look forward to being involved in several levels. – Linda Edwards Guyer

Wonderful cultural and theatrical venue! Historical yet contemporary!!! – Laura Renwick

The character of Elizabeth City is hospitality and the arts community. The epicenter is the Arts of the Albemarle (AoA). Awesome theater, gallery, classes, functions, acting, singing and dance groups… art changed every month and always exciting to see what is new. – Geoff McNamara