Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

History & Public Art

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The site of the Cary Arts Center has been at the center of Cary education since the 1870s when Town of Cary founder Allison Frances Page opened Cary’s first school there, Cary Academy. Later the Academy would become Cary High School.  In 2010, the old school building was revitalized and repurposed to become the Cary Arts Center. To learn more about this history, visit our Historic Timeline.


Public Art

Three artists worked with the architect to integrate Public Art into the Cary Arts Center renovation design. Learn more about the Cary Arts Center Public Art.

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The Cary Arts Center houses a gallery solely dedicated to displaying visual art. For more information on the Town’s exhibition program and to learn about the current exhibition, please visit the Town of Cary's exhibitions page.