Creating a Vibrant Community through the Arts

Because the ARTS are for everyone.

DAC will be closed on Friday, January 21 due to inclement weather.

We are pleased to announce new hours to view exhibits in the Durham Arts Council building. Starting Thursday, Jan. 20 guests may view exhibits in the Durham Arts Council and Durham Art Guild from 11 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No appointment sign up is required. Guests will be screened before entering the DAC building and masks are required. 

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, and arts building tenant operations.  Durham Arts Council has implemented appropriate recommended protocols for health screening visitors prior to entry, indoor mask requirement, 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.

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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.