Cultural Crossroads: Q & A

Who’s moving to Wilson?

A roving photographer inspired to put down roots.  An author who discovered her muse.  A photojournalist who found the home he had been seeking. These are just a few of the nationally and internationally recognized artists who are moving to Wilson, N.C., a town of 50,000 located 45 miles east of Raleigh along I-95.

Who’s marketing historic properties in Wilson?

Through Preservation of Wilson, a nonprofit group that works to rescue, restore and market historic properties throughout the city, a couple discovered one endangered property that captivated them: a spacious, century-old Colonial Revival-style home known as the Mack Bass House.  And than another, and another, and another followed suit.

What’s the trademark of Wilson?

Hospitality and a welcoming spirit has always been a trademark of Wilson, along with towering oaks and magnolias, lush gardens full of roses and azaleas, and stately homes steeped in nearly every major architectural style of the past two centuries.

Does Wilson appreciate the arts?

Deeply rooted in the town is an appreciation of the arts.  Its commitment to historic revitalization and ever evolving arts and culture scene is drawing a growing group of preservation-minded artists and collectors with nationally and internationally recognized portfolios.

Does Wilson have high-speed internet?

Wilson is progressive in nature.  Local telecom provider Greenlight offers 1-gigabit per second service which makes the town home to one of the fastest broadband networks in the country. Even though Wilson, NC is a small town, it aligns itself with a roster of companies that would be the envy of many metropolitan areas. 

How do I find inspiration in a small town?

Being surrounded by inspiration makes it easy for one artist to stumble upon ideas in the most surprising places.  Another confines himself to his studio making it his concentrated arena of interest to get deeper and deeper with the subjects he photographs, doing more profound work than ever before.  There are plenty of places that are friendly and photogenic, but Wilson has something more: an openness that invites artists to look around and explore. When one artist brings his New Yorker friends down to visit, they sense it, too, and tell him what he already knows: how lucky he is.

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