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Challenge, Inspire and Educate

Corona Virus Update  7/9/20

We are very excited to announce our plans for the next few months.   While we cannot gather in person will are able to stream events to you.  

The first of these virtual events will be the 6th Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series.   Our Surf and Sounds string quartet will perform twice during the week of Aug. 23.: Tuesday Aug.  25,  and Friday Aug. 28. 8:00 pm. Both events will be streamed starting at 8L00 pm,  on the Dare County Arts Council Facebook Page.

On Thursday Sept. 10 at 7:30 we will host a virtual reading by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.   The streaming platform for this event has not been determined.

Finally we have postponed our 4th Annual Invitational Exhibition  Wood but in its place we will  hold a exhibition and silent auction of the works of our founder.  Don Bryan.   All the works held by the Series will be on display and available for purchase in a silent auction..  The event will be held at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery during the month of October.  The exact dates are still being worked out.


US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

A reading and conversation

Thursday Sept. 10,  7:30 p.m.

Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series

This event will stream on the zoom platform

join us for an evening with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.   We will hear readings of her poems and have a chance to pose question to the poet over a 90 minute virtual gathering.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.

Find Joy Harjo's books at our partner Downtown Books in Manteo


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The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series is working hard to bring back our live events and find new ways to offer exciting cultural events on the Outer Banks.  Until then we are offering a series of online resources to help our audience find cultural experiences online.

Listed below are inks to the emails we send out listing the resources we have found.  Below that are a few of our favorite gens.  You can subscribe to the newsletter and receive these messages when they are sent just complete this brief form.

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 8

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 7

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 6

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 5

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 4


Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 3

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 2

Cultural Resources For The Covid-19 Era  Round 1


Our events are still on our events page.

Here are a few of our favorite links

Jake Fowler is the Music Director of our Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Festival   He created this marvelous performance for us.  Don’t ask how he did it, we have no idea.  Enjoy “It Is Well With My Soul”

We all need some “Joy” these days.  The Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest sends us this offering which they entitled ” From us, for you”  enJOY !


The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages our endowment.

With Your Support

Your support turns on the lights and turns up the sound. Your support prints the programs and pays the performers. Your support makes all our efforts possible.


The Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series brings important cultural events to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our events often involve bringing our performers, our artists together with local students to expand arts education in our area. Other things you should know about the Series:


We rely on public support to keep our events coming to the area, to keep our ticket prices low and to maintain our deep engagement with local students. You can donate to the series online.


We partner with many local nonprofits including the Dare County Arts Council, the Outer Banks forum for the Lively Arts and the Dare County Youth Orchestra among others


We are an all volunteer organization, formed in 2012. You can meet our board, read about our finances and other boring stuff here.


Many of our events are reviewed for us by local writer Kip Tabb.   You fan find Kipp's reviews and more on our Reviews Page.


We maintain an email list and send notices of our events and other items


We send event announcements by  the US Postal Service.  If you would like to get on our mailing list send us a note on our contact us page.


The Bryan Cultural Series strives to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary and performing arts.


(252) 564-9767

Bryan Cultural Series
PO Box 547
Nags Head, NC 27959



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