Featured Programs and Events



Jazz at CAM


Jazz@CAM

Series 2021-22

First Thursday of Every Month, 6:30-8 PM

CFJS/CAM Members: $25; Non-Membes: $30
Students w/valid ID: $15; Military w/ID: $15


CAM announces its 11th year of Jazz@CAM featuring the best local and regional jazz. This series is presented in partnership with Cape Fear Jazz Society.




Art Explorers Monster Masks


Art Explorers

Monster Masks

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join Miss Bobbi and Miss Georgia as we celebrate Halloween! We will read “Tickle Monsters” and other silly, spooky stories. We will create our own ‘monster masks’ using paper plates and craft materials, and we will parade ourselves around the galleries for a game of “I Spy”. Of course, costumes are encouraged!


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!





Art Explorers Change Sings


Art Explorers

Change Sings

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join Miss Bobbi and Miss Georgia as we read Change Sings by poet and activist Amanda Gorman. We will explore our exhibitions and talk about what we see, then create our own masterpieces using colorful collage materials.


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!




USCT Public Sculpture Project


Wilmington United States Colored
Troops Public Sculpture Project

Unveiling November 13, 2021, 11 AM


Join us for the unveiling of Boundless, a new work of art by North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes Saturday, November 13, 2021.


Cameron Art Museum was the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and led to the fall of Wilmington. Many of the 1600 African-American soldiers who fought here were native to this area, and after the war, many of them stayed to settle, raise their families, establish educational opportunities, and build a thriving merchant class. Their impact is significant, yet their story is virtually unknown.


The life-size bronze (9 ft x 11 ft x 3 ft) sculpture by artist Stephen Hayes will be unveiled November 13, 2021 with programming commemorating the story of the USCT. The sculpture itself is fashioned from the cast features of 11 African American men connected to the site and its story -- USCT descendants, reenactors, veterans, and community leaders. The sculpture is connected deeply to the community’s history, its present, and its future. The USCT Project is timely and necessary, as our nation looks closely at issues of race and systemic racism.


Help make this sculpture possible: USCT Public Sculpture Project Page


For more information, please contact Heather Wilson at deputydirector@cameronartmuseum.org or call (910) 395-5999 ext. 1003.




Boundless Unveiling Weekend


USCT Public Sculpture Project

Boundless Community Celebration

Saturday, November 13, 11 AM-5 PM & Sunday, November 14, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM

Free museum admission all weekend


Two days of community programming with music, storytelling, family activities, food trucks, and more!


On November 13, 2021, Cameron Art Museum unveils Boundless, a public sculpture honoring the United States Colored Troops, by North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes, presented by PNC Bank. We invite the community to our historic museum grounds to join in commemorating and celebrating the United States Colored Troops with two days of festivities.


The celebration kicks off at 11 AM with the procession of USCT reenactors followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Mary D. Williams and remarks by CAM’s Executive Director Anne Brennan, Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. Programs will run throughout the day on Saturday, November 13 from 11 AM–5 PM and on Sunday, November 14 from 10 AM–5 PM. Click here for highlights and full schedule


Food trucks from Wilmington favorites Catch and Soulful Twist join in the celebration on Saturday, November 13. Catch features several varieties of tacos made with local seafood and organic produce. Soulful Twist will offer soul food favs like fried chicken, collards and bacon wrapped shrimp to standard fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Both trucks will be serving from 12-5 PM. Our own CAM Café is also serving from 10 AM-2 PM.


Presented by


PNC Bank




Conversation with Stephen Hayes


USCT Public Program Series

A Conversation With Stephen Hayes

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 3 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


Join CAM’s Deputy Director Heather Wilson for this special conversation with Boundless artist Stephen Hayes and two of the men he cast for the new USCT sculpture. This conversation, which will delve into Hayes’s process and the experience of the casting process, will be followed by a Q&A.


Photo courtesy of PBSNC


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts




Art Explorers Giving Thanks


Art Explorers

Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


It’s one week until Thanksgiving! Let’s get in the spirit and read Let’s Be Thankful. We will explore the galleries, looking for things that remind us of what we are thankful for. We will create a cute turkey craft and write what we are thankful for on its feathers.


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!





An Evening with Natasha Tretheway


USCT Public Program Series

Virtual: An evening with Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


“Trethewey has a genuine gift for verse forms, and the depth of her engagement in language marks her as a true poet.” —Washington Post


“Trethewey’s writing mines the cavernous isolation, brutality, and resilience of African American history, tracing its subterranean echoes to today.” —New Yorker


When planning the USCT Public Sculpture Project, CAM’s team found inspiration in Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry Native Guard, which explores the racial legacy of our country through poems that explore the experience of USCT soldiers. Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote, “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.” Trethewey was the first Southerner to receive the honor since Robert Penn Warren, in 1986, and the first African-American since Rita Dove, in 1993. Join us for an intimate reading, Q&A, and book signing with this brilliant poet. This project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Trethewey is the author of Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, a retrospective drawing together verse that delineates the stories of working class African American women, a mixed-race prostitute, one of the first black Civil War regiments, mestizo and mulatto figures in Casta paintings, Gulf coast victims of Katrina; Thrall (2012), which the Washington Post called “a powerful, beautifully crafted book”; Native Guard (2007), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Trethewey is also the author of the poetry chapbook Congregation (2015) and the prose book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2012), and she served as editor of The Best American Poetry 2017. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020).


Among her many honors, Trethewey is the recipient of the 2020 Bobbitt Prize for Lifetime Achievement, a 2017 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category, as well as the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. In the judge’s citation, Marilyn Nelson stated: “Natasha Trethewey’s poems plumb personal and national history to meditate on the conundrum of American racial identities. Whether writing of her complex family torn by tragic loss, or in diverse imagined voices from the more distant past, Trethewey encourages us to reflect, learn, and experience delight. The wide scope of her interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.”


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts




Chamber Music Wilmington


Chamber Music Wilmington

Marcus Gee, Cello

Sunday, November 21, 2021, 2-3 PM

Tickets: $10


Marcus Gee is a young, gifted cellist from North Carolina who will be performing an electic recital program of works from Dvořák and Saint-Saens to Piazzolla and Rachmaninoff. This concert is presented with Chamber Music Wilmington.


Marcus attends the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University studying under the internationally renowned cellist, Amit Peled. Marcus has been fortunate enough to travel abroad and participate in the YOLA National Festival and the YOLA National Institute where he performed as Principal Cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.




Kids At CAM Clyde's Holiday by the Sea




Kids@CAM

Clyde's Holiday by the Sea!

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM

CAM Members: $25; Non-Members: $30

AT-HOME or IN-PERSON; pre-registration required

Be a part of our 12th Annual Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea! AT HOME or IN PERSON. With everyone’s safety and comfort in mind, we have devised two ways you can join in the collaborative community fun.


Want to be a part of our community installation from your own home? No problem! You can purchase a Clyde’s Critter Art Kit and drop off your completed Critter. It will be added to our Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea Community Installation, on display on CAM’s grounds throughout the holiday season. This year, Kids Making It has made BRAND NEW critters in a variety of sea-themed shapes.


Your Critter Kit inlcudes:

  • 1 Clyde Critter (to contribute to the community installation)
  • Paint (every kit has a different assortment of four colors, so they will come out unique and colorful just like Clyde Jones’ critters!)
  • 2 Brushes
  • 2 Wooden Ornaments (to keep for yourself!)
  • 2 Markers
  • 1 Glitter Glue Pen
  • Canvas CAM Tote Bag

Feel free to decorate your critter with your own paint, markers, or other coloring materials. CAM staff will finish the critters with lacquer, to make sure it fares well in the outdoors, so please keep your decorative details flat.


Pick up your Critter Kit beginning November 2nd, anytime during regular CAM hours (Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursdays 10 AM to 9 PM). You must return your finished Critter by Saturday, December 4th for it to be added to the installation.


You can also join us for an outdoor (weather permitting), socially distanced Critter Creation event on Saturday, December 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM. You will need to pre-register for an hour spot, so we can ensure safe social distancing and participation. Your registration includes ONE Critter Kit (items included in kit listed above), a designated area to work, and wipes for any paint spills. (If you are bringing multiple children, you may want to reserve one spot per child so they each have their own critter kit.) We ask that everyone respect the time frame you sign up for and leave at the end of your hour so CAM staff can clean your working area for the next family. Masks are required if you enter CAM or Pancoe Education Center.


Contact Georgia Mastroieni, Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, with any questions: georgia@cameronartmuseum.org


Kids@CAM is sponsored by


Excite Credit Union




Art Explorers The Snowy Day


Art Explorers

The Snowy Day with Halyburton Park

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Brrrrr, time to play with snow! We will read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and get into a wintery mood. Guest educator Jessica Stitt from Halyburton Park will show us how to make fake snow, and we will create our own snowy landscapes using cotton, tissue paper and craft supplies.


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!




Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Second Sundays at CAM


Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Second Sundays at CAM

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 2 PM

Adult: $10; Students and children 19 and under: Free



In honor of Minnie Evan’s 129th Birthday, the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber ensembles will perform works of music inspired by her works of art. Many of her works were inspired by the plants at the Arlie Gardens and her compositions were mostly abstractions blending nature with the face of God. Her work is known for highly charged color and meticulous symmetry and is often compared to Buddhist mandala paintings. The WSO has commissioned local composer, and former WSYO student, Algernon (AJ) Robinson, to write a composition for quartet honoring her many works of art.


Cameron Art Museum will also display the artwork that inspired the musical selections being played at this very special event.




Art Explorers How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Art Explorers

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thursday, December 23, 2021, 10-11 AM

CAM Members: $3 per child; Non-Members: $6

Adults and children 2 and under: free


Join us for a reading of Dr. Suess’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We will explore our Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea community installation and our new Illumination lantern exhibition. We will listen to holiday music while making holiday crafts and enjoying hot chocolate with marshmallows. Enjoy Christmas Eve’s eve at the CAM!


Art Explorers is geared towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!




An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams


USCT Public Program Series

An Afternoon with Mary D. Williams

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 2 PM

CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12


Join us as musician, educator, and historian Mary D. Williams explores the legacy of the USCT through song. Williams has performed and provided her voice to the soundtrack of Blood Done Sign My Name (February 2010). She has also performed at the North Carolina State Capitol and has been featured on Dick Gordon’s The Story, as well as on National Public Radio. Williams is both a scholar and a musician, whose breathtaking voice takes listeners on a journey through time.


Photo by Sandra Davidson from the North Carolina Arts Council


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts






Upcoming Programs


Beginning Drawing

Tuesday, 10/26/2021
10:00AM-1:00PM  

Youth: Homeschool pottery

Tuesday, 10/26/2021
10:00AM-12:00AM  

Acrylic 101: Fundamentals for the Beginner

Tuesday, 10/26/2021
2:00PM-5:00PM  

Gentle Yoga with Steve Unger

Wednesday, 10/27/2021
9:00AM-10:00AM  

Yes, you can!

Wednesday, 10/27/2021
10:00AM-12:00PM  

YOUTH: Colored Pencil Drawing II

Wednesday, 10/27/2021
4:00PM-5:30PM