Retirement in Eastern North Carolina

In addition to the on site luxuries you have living on the premier championship NC golf course at Belmont Lake Preserve new home golf and retirement community, another enjoyable way to expand your horizons during your Retirement in North Carolina is just down the road in downtown Rocky Mount as the Maria V. Howard Arts Center offers up visual and performing arts classes and programs for all tastes and skill levels.

Finding your artistic side during your years of Retirement in North Carolina can begin with the “Arts Immersion” program offered at the Arts Center. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, this program is free and according to their own website, “introduces you to the wide variety of creative opportunities that lie within each of us, brought to life in the galleries, theatre and studios of the Maria V. Howard Arts Center.” The Center encourages groups and clubs to make reservations to come in as a unit to both view the incredible galleries and create their own art either in the clay or paint studios or even practice the performing arts on the Art Center stage.

Whether in the visual or performing arts, if you prefer to take a class focused on teaching one particular skill, the Arts Center also offers many options in these areas for you to learn during your Retirement in North Carolina. The visual art courses  include basketweaving, quilting, and embroidering. Dance classes are offered in a variety of styles if your interest is the performing arts. Both the visual and performing arts classes are taught by some of the most qualified individuals in the area and are offered on a weekly or months basis.

If your goal is to simply pick up a new hobby or to learn more about the visual or performing arts as you enjoy your Retirement in North Carolina, any and all of these offerings at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center are conveniently minutes away from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve. The Center is located at 270 Gay Street in downtown Rocky Mount and details for enrollment and specifics for each program can be seen on their website at