Arts & Culture

North Carolina is a land rich in culture, art and creative diversity. Our State magazine brings you features about the people and places of North Carolina.


Reflections of North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson

Memories of growing up in rural North Carolina inspire the state’s poet laureate.

When Raising Young Children, It’s All Noise, All the Time

In search of his echo, The Toad learns the logistics of yelling loudly — and listening quietly. (The second...

The Monti Brings Live Storytelling Across the State

If you thought storytelling was as simple as telling a story, then you’ve never been on a stage, in...

Our Preference for Porches

The most perfect part of a house combines the comforts of home and nature.

Eighteen Holes With Tiger Woods

Golf’s biggest superstar is playing in Greensboro for the first time. We sent our senior writer out to follow...

Durham Street Piano Project Takes The 88 Keys Outdoors

Forget the idea that the piano is an indoor instrument. Tom Merrigan has.

Saving Soles at Man Mur Shoe Shop

For more than 30 years, cobblers at Man Mur Shoe Shop in Raleigh have given new life to everything...

Greensboro’s Found Collection Showcases Sharecroppers’ Denim

Discovered in the woods, a collection of old overalls, shirts, and jeans sheds light on how we used to...

Mary Jo’s Cloth Store Provides Bolts of Inspiration

From orange organza to polka dot polyester to satin in more shades than a bridesmaid can imagine, Mary Jo’s...