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 by developing the Arts & Cultural District in the Mitchelltown neighborhood of Kinston. We attract and house artists with our relocation program, and our artists celebrate fellowship through open studios, creative placemaking initiatives, and community arts development.

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Open Studios

Visit smARTists in their studios.

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Find out about our organization, mission, and methods.


Support a growing movement in Kinston.


Visit the smART Gallery

Located at 210 N. Queen Street, our gallery showcases the work of our smARTists. Open Thursday - Sunday.