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 create the Cary Arts Center. To learn more about the site's history, visit our Historic Timeline.


Public Art

The Cary Arts Center's architect and three artists worked together to integrate public art into the design of the  Arts Center's renovation. Learn more about the Cary Arts Center's 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.