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Creating a Vibrant Community through the Arts

Because the ARTS are for everyone.

DAC Building Hours:

 *Subject to Change due to Private Events

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm

Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

As of November 1, 2022 – Masks are Welcome in the DAC Building but not required.  We encourage you to wear a mask if you will be in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to other visitors, students, or employees.


Groundbreaking Study Reveals Economic and Social Impact of $233 Million from Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector in Durham, NC

Durham Arts Council today announced that Durham’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $233,059,155 in economic activity in 2022, according to the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic and social impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts. That economic activity–$148,744,106 in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $84,315,049 in event-related spending by their audiences supported 3,246 jobs and generated $27,141,859 in local, state, and federal government revenue. Spending by arts and culture audiences generates valuable commerce to local merchants, a value-add that few other industries can compete with. Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP6) study reveals that America’s nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry—one that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.

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.