We grow Kinston's economy through the arts.


The smART Kinston City Project Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to building Kinston and Lenoir County‚Äôs creative economy. 

We envision Kinston as a hub for the arts in eastern North Carolina, from visual to performance art, from literary to culinary art, from contemporary to folk art and everything in between.

We accomplish our mission through our Last Saturdays open studios, artist relocation program, creative placemaking initiatives, community arts development, and investments in the Arts & Cultural District.

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Last Saturdays

Visit smARTists in their studios.

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Find out about our organization, mission, and methods.


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