Outreach Programs

Youth Public Arts Project

The Youth Public Arts Project is Emerge’s longest running outreach program. Started in 2005, this is a bi-monthly program, where youth come to the arts council to work with professional artists and musicians to create various public art projects and learn about the rich heritage of African American music. The public art is then displayed throughout the community. The goal of the program is for youth to have a positive impact on their community, to express themselves through the arts, and to build teamwork, social, and interpersonal skills through the arts. The project is targeted towards youth from 8-17 years of age who show an interest in the creative arts. Participants can be referred to the program by school counselors, teachers, school social workers, court counselors, private therapists, or other community professionals.

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How can you help? We are always looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor lunches for the Saturday’s that we meet. Please contact paula@pittcountyarts.org if you are interested!

Art is Good Medicine

Art is Good Medicine is an Arts in Healthcare program in partnership with ECU Health and the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge. Professional visual artists work with adults in the ECU Health Cancer Center, along with the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, and pediatric patients in the Maynard Children's Hospital. In addition, we facilitate free adult workshops at the ECU Health Cancer Center.

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  • A professional artist visit the children’s hospital at ECU Health to work one-on-one with patients and their family.
  • Free workshops are offered once a month to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. 
  • Weekly classes take place at the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge cultivating community among guests whom have traveled to Greenville from all over eastern North Carolina to receive various cancer treatments at ECU Health.
  • This is a $20,000 program, funded by corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and partnerships with ECU Health and the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge.
  • In 2014-2015, the Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Home of the Pitt County Arts Council, was awarded the opportunity to host Pablove Shutterbugs, a Program of the Pablove Foundation, made possible by Livestrong. The program was a free five week-program for youth diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.