The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are thrilled to announce that the new Wilson Center Ghostlight Series, which launched March 23rd, is expanding its offerings to include comedy and theatre. This nightly series was created to support our local area artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and features local and regional artists, with a variety of different artists performing each week.

The Arts Council committee will continue to select the artists from all of the supported genres, and is accepting applications from local performing artists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. These artists will be featured in a nightly concert, which will premiere on the Wilson Center Facebook page and web site.

The Arts Council will be accepting donations which will support the artists featured in the Wilson Center Ghostlight Series. Links will be provided during each performance, and all donations are tax-deductible.

According to Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of the Arts Council, “The nonprofit arts sector in New Hanover County has an economic impact of $55.8 million, employs the full-time equivalent of 2076, and generates $5.6 million dollars in local and state tax revenues, excluding the cost of admission. Add to that the number of for-profit businesses that employ musicians, vocalists, and artists, and the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes very real.”

Any performing artists – vocalists, vocal groups, solo musicians, bands, comedians, theatre companies, individual actors, etc. – who are interested in participating in the Wilson Center Ghostlight Series may complete an application online at