COVID-19 Response: Our community’s health and safety is important. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in accordance with CDC and state guidelines, the Durham Arts Council building is open on a limited basis for select pre-registered classes and programs, gallery tours by appointment, and arts building tenant operations. Durham Arts Council has implemented appropriate recommended protocols for health screening visitors prior to entry, frequent building cleaning and sanitization, and social distancing. Regular open-access building hours for the general public are suspended until further notice. We are accepting inquiries into space rentals.
Because the ARTS are for everyone.
Do you love the arts? We do too. As the hub for arts and culture in Durham, our vision is to make art a daily presence in our community.
For over 60 years, we’ve been supporting local art and the artists who create it — as well as the people who enjoy it — through programs, services, classes, and exhibits.
DAC Serves the Arts Sector
How we do it: Supporting, showcasing and employing arts organizations and artists — around 2,000 artists and 300 arts and cultural organizations served each year.
What that means for you: artist and arts organization grants, exhibit space, performance/rehearsal/office space
DAC Serves the Public
How we do it: Providing year-round arts programs and arts experiences to over 400,000 people of all ages each year.
What that means for you: camps, classes, partnerships with public and private schools, exhibit and gallery shows, facility rental space, and community events like CenterFest, Third Friday, and ArtWalk
DAC Advocates for the Arts
DAC advocates daily for the important role that the arts play in building a vibrant, healthy, equitable and successful community, including local, regional, statewide and national arts initiatives.