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Ideas for the Creative Genius


Creative Geniuses see art in everything. They sing show tunes in the shower and pirouette down the street. They wish they could play the violin or paint (or they actually can). Museums, the symphony, theater or opera and much more... in the Raleigh area, you can satisfy all of your artistic sensibilities.


Use these suggestions to build your own Creative Genius itinerary 

for Memorial Day Weekend.





ArtSource is a Raleigh, N.C., fine art gallery serving clients in the selection, placement and purchase of fine art and framing. They encourage you to take works from the gallery on a trial basis to ensure that you are selecting a work of art that will be treasured forever. DETAILS



A thriving visual art center offering provocative exhibitions, inspiring education programs and a dynamic environment for more than 35 studio artists. DETAILS


Artistic Abandon

Let an Artistic Abandon artist walk you and your friends through creating your own paintings, start to finish, in a two- or three-hour period. DETAILS


Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh)

CAM Raleigh is a non-collecting museum that explores what’s now and presents an always-changing museum experience. DETAILS


Galleries and exhibits

The Raleigh area is home to numerous galleries and arts centers, many of which allow visitors not only to view art of different mediums—from oil paint to pottery, metal sculpture and papier-mâché to everything in between—but also to interact with artists while they are creating their masterpieces. DETAILS


James B. Hunt Jr. Library - North Carolina State University

Hunt Library's bold design is a visual statement of its bold purpose: to be a place not of the past but of the future, a place where students, faculty and partners can gather to research, learn, experiment, collaborate and strengthen North Carolina State University’s long tradition of leading transformative change. DETAILS

North Carolina Museum of Art

One of the premier visual arts museums in the Southeast, featuring a dramatic new gallery building, home to a world-class collection including more than 30 Rodin sculptures and a center for special exhibitions, plus a 164-acre Museum Park. DETAILS

North Carolina Symphony at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Summerfest Opening Night launches your summer of music. Enjoy the evening as the area's most gifted citizen musicians of all ages join forces with Conductor William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony. DETAILS

Raleigh Little Theatre

Recipient of 10 “Best in the Triangle” awards from the Indy as well as a N.C. Theatre Conference youth theatre award. DETAILS


Rialto Theatre

The Rialto was built in 1942, and although recently renovated, it still retains its original beauty, with its vintage recessed lighting and performance stage. The Rialto has one large theater, with a Dolby 5.1 sound system, that shows foreign and independent films. DETAILS

The Cary Theater 

The Cary Theater features a 180-seat theater, lighted marquee and a concession stand. It offers independent films, music and live performances including comedy and improv. DETAILS

Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles

The Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles boasts N.C.’s only giant screen. From inspiring educational documentary films to Hollywood’s biggest feature films, the theatre makes you feel as if you are in the movie. DETAILS


Also try these restaurants, selected especially for the Creative Genius:


Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa DETAILS

Iris, The Museum Restaurant DETAILS

Mandolin DETAILS


Raleighwood Cinema Grill DETAILS

Zest Cafe & Home Art DETAILS

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