Welcome to the Arts Council of Moore County’s ARTours, a selection of travel programs, custom-designed for Arts Council members. We invite you to experience our tradition of arts-oriented trips designed to enrich your appreciation of familiar places and expand your knowledge of remote locations. Enjoy special museum visits, attend acclaimed musical and theatrical performances, visit artists’ homes and studios, and enjoy points of cultural interest and unique experiences as you share the companionship of fellow Arts Council of Moore County members.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Saint Augustine


If you are interested in joining our ARTours,
please contact Katherine MacRae at 910-692-2787 or katherine [at]

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Meymandi Hall, Raleigh

The  master violinist returns to Meymandi Concert Hall to perform with the North Carolina Symphony for this one-night only engagement. This event is sure to sell out quickly, don’t miss it!

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Spoleto Festival logo

May 27-31, 2016
Charleston, South Carolina

Celebrating its 40th year, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by world re-nowned artists, as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Set against the backdrop of historic Charleston’s sophisticated shops, restaurants, and uniquely preserved historic downtown, Spoleto makes for a truly unique experience.

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Ian-iceberg-graveyardCELAND:  LAND OF FIRE AND ICE
July 26- August 4, 2016

It’s been described as surreal, not just for its lunar-like landscapes–glaciers, lava fields, thermal lagoons and mountain ringed fjords–but also for the locals who live there.  Arctic tern, comical puffins, sea parrots, Icelandic horses, the elusive Arctic fox, whales of all colors and the Icelanders, whose maritime heritage dates back to the days of the Vikings.  This tour, operated by Tauck, embarks the sleek yacht, L’Austral, which outside-facing accommodations promise memorable views of Iceland’s mystical landscapes.  This once in a lifetime journey begins in Reykjavik and includes Grundarfjör?ur, the tiny island of Grimsey, Akureyri, Westman Islands, the “Golden Circle” and the Blue Lagoon.

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Featuring the World Premiere
Songs of “Bleeding Pines”
August 13-16, 2016

Highlighting this tour to Chicago is the opportunity to attend the world premiere of Songs from Bleeding Pines by composer David Ludwig and Southern Pines’ own, Ray Owen. Also included in this ARTour is a guided tour at the Art Institute of Chicago, a river & lakefront cruise around Chicago, free time to shop on the Magnificent Mile, and a stay at the wonderful The Drake Hotel.

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Santa Fe pottery

NEW MEXICO:  Land of Enchantment
August 31 – September 9, 2016

Our adventure in the “Land of Enchantment” begins in the Mesilla Valley where we get a true taste of Old New Mexico. Traveling north we discover the State’s natural splendor and its thriving cultural centers, soaking up the distinctive cuisine and the impressive fine arts scenes as we explore Ruidoso, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Visit ancient Pueblo ruins at Bandelier National Monument and learn about local weavers in Chimayo. Prepare to be “enchanted”!

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Charleston gate

Family Collections & Inspiring Connections
October 7-9, 2016

Join the Arts Council for a wonderful weekend in the company of national and international decorative arts experts as they examine family collections and various English, Caribbean and Colonial American connections that inspired Charleston architects and artisans. Visit a period Charleston home opened by the owners for the Symposium. Enjoy a Bloody Mary breakfast and gala evening reception at a private home.

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Important information for all ARTours: You should be in good physical condition to fully enjoy our tours. The Arts Council cannot provide individual assistance during the tours and therefore reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a tour who has a physical condition that could create a hazard to him/herself or could impact the enjoyment of other travelers on the tour.

Cancellation Policy: 35% of the total cost will be withheld for cancellation after the “Register by” date on ALL ARTours. NO refunds will be made after advertised “Final payment” date unless substitute traveler is found—at which time transfer fees, if applicable, will be withheld. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.

 If you are interested in joining any of these ARTours, please contact Katherine MacRae at 910-692-2787 or katherine [at]