Our Mission

The Bryan Cultural Series strives to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary and performing arts.

Elements:

The series will offer high quality programming from regional and national talent.
Programming for each category will be curated by persons familiar with the respective field.
The Series strives to be a cultural destination for residents and visitors alike.
Funding comes from sustaining patrons, sponsorships, grants and admissions.

Our Board of Directors

  • Dianne Denny, Kill Devil Hills, Treasurer
  • Lynne Hutchins, Martins Point
  • Juliane Kelly, Nags Head
  • Bob Muller, Nags Head, Vice Chair
  • Sara Munford, Southern Shores
  • Demetri Poulis MD. FACS., Kill Devil HIlls
  • Nina Teller, Southern Shores
  • John Tucker, Southern Shores, Chair
  • Didi Tupper, Nags Head
  • Jane Webster, Kill Devil Hills, Secretary

  • Don Bryan, Nags Head, Emeritus, Deceased
  • Freddie Hutchins, Martins Point, Emeritus, Deceased
  • Bob Oakes, Nags Head, Emeritus

Our Supporters

The Bryan Cultural Series is pleased to honor our lead sponsors

Town Banke
Town Banke
Hilton Garden Inn

About the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series

Founded in 2012, the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series grew from a desire by former Nags Head Mayor and retired Air Force Colonel Don Bryan and his wife Kay to make the Outer Banks a cultural center for locals and visitors alike. The Bryans convened a small group to discuss how best to achieve their goal. This group became the board of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

Starting with their first event in 2013 the Bryan Cultural Series has entertained, inspired and educated thousands of locals and visitors alike. From Pulitzer Prize winning authors to poets, painters and pianists the Bryan Cultural Series has continued to bring events of the highest quality to the Outer Banks that attract an audience of locals and out of town guests.

The program for 2017 includes an appearance by bluegrass musician and folklorist David Holt, a return visit from the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players for a production of H.M.S. Pinafore and a screening of the silent film classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with organ accompaniment from Dorothy Papadakos. In the fall of 2017 the Series will offer its first Invitational Art Show at the Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. The Series has also committed to work with the Kelly Family Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation to promote the installation of outdoor art.

Find more photos from our events on Flickr.

Education is an important part of the Bryan Cultural Series. Tickets are set aside for students for most events and educational components are included in every event plan. In 2016 more than 1,000 students from all Dare County Schools participated in programs sponsored by the Bryan Cultural Series and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina provided $5,000 in grants to local art teachers for classroom supplies as part of their annual exhibition sponsored by the Series.

Funding for the Bryan Cultural Series comes in part from the endowment established by the Bryan's and managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Ticket sales provide additional revenue but the group has kept its ticket prices affordable for all. Events are generally priced at $15 in advance and never more than $20 in advance. The Series has also received support from local businesses and the public and applies for grant funding when its program goals align with those of the funders. The Series is incorporated as a charitable nonprofit and has received 501(c)3 status from the IRS.

A brief look at the Series history finds that in 2013 author and historian David McCullough read to a packed house at First Flight High School from his soon to be published book on the Wright Brothers. The Series’ four-day visit by historian Clay Jenkinson in 2014 brought visitors from central North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. About a third of the tickets for the 4 events were brought by visitors from outside the county. More recently painter Jesi Pace Berkeley drew over 200 visitors to her gallery show in Nags Head, held 3 standing room only workshops for area artists and worked with students and art teachers at 5 local schools. Many of Pace-Berkeley’s fans from Hampton Roads and western Virginia came to Nags Head to see the show.

2015 also saw the Bryan Cultural Series engage two major partners. Along with the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts the Series brought the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players to the First Flight High School stage for two performances of The Pirates of Penzance. The Series also partnered with the Outer Banks Patrons of the Arts to host a concert by renowned pianist Soyean Kate Lee. Other highlights of the year included a return visit by author McCullough and a performance by former Martha Graham principal dance Christine Dakin.

The 2016 schedule included another partnership with the Patrons of the Art, a statewide water color competition and a production of the play Driving Miss Daisy featuring acting stars Charlene Tilton & Clarence Gilyard. We brought Mark Twain to the area in the form of Ryan Clemens an actor from the Virginia Stage Co. and a great grandnephew of Samuel Clemens.

For more information and to find out how to support the series you may send an email to info@bryanculturalseries.org or visit our Contact page.


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Our Mission

The Bryan Cultural Series strives to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary and performing arts.
Elements:
The series will offer high quality programming from regional and national talent.
Programming for each category will be curated by persons familiar with the respective field.
The Series strives to be a cultural destination for residents and visitors alike
Funding comes from sustaining patrons, sponsorships, grants and admissions.

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