Did you know that the arts in the Triangle create more than 31,000 full-time jobs and upwards of $850 million in total annual economic activity? With arts venues among the first to close and likely the last to reopen, the arts have suffered disproportionately from the destructive impact of the pandemic.
Big Night In will mark a critical step forward in helping local artists and arts/cultural orgs begin their path to recovery. Dollars raised will go toward arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and artist/arts organizations’ relief.
With performances by Mandolin Orange, Mike Wiley, Ariana DeBose, Branford Marsalis, and Scotty McCreery, you don’t want to miss Big Night In for the Arts on March 11, 2021 at 7 pm broadcasting on WRAL or live streaming at WRAL.com
Learn more HEREor let us know you plan to attend HERE.
Spring Break Camp: Recycled Art!!
Ages 5 -12
March 29 – April 2
9am – 5pm (Drop off starting at 8:30am)
Spring break is just around the corner. Register today for art camp. Students participate in both visual and performing arts activities that are inspired by our theme: Recycled Art.
Limited spaces available.
*Click the image above to meet our camp instructors!
Huge THANK YOU to Our Local Big Night In Sponsors!
We are so thankful to our community for helping us make Big Night In for the Arts possible. During these unprecedented times, these businesses, foundations, neighbors, and friends said YES to supporting the arts in Durham.
*Pictured above, David Scarborough (SciMed Solutions) presenting his Premiere Sponsorship check to Sherry DeVries (Executive Director of DAC)
$25,000 Premiere Big Night In for the Arts Sponsor
$5,000 Community Sponsor
Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs
Triangle Community Foundation
$2,500 Community Sponsor
Duda Paine Architects
Manbites Dog Theater
$1,000 Community Sponsors
Coulter Jewell Thames, P.A.
Dominick, Huckabee, Noblin, and Trent Insurance Agency
Neal, Bradsher, and Taylor, P.A.
$500 Community Sponsors
Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company
John and Ginny Bowman
Minor, Anglin and Associates, P.A
With Support from:
Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and The Jenny Lillian Semans Trust
Extended! Durham Arts Council’s Instructor Showcase
The Durham Arts Council’s Instructor Showcase exhibit has been EXTENDED! On view in the Allenton Gallery, we are delighted to feature work from the talented and creative teaching artists who are part of the DAC School and Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools (CAPS) program. This exhibition will be viewable by limited appointments on Thursdays, following safety protocols.
Review safety guidelines and sign up for an appointment here. Each available time slot can accommodate up to four visitors – all visitors in a single time slot must be part of a shared quarantine "pod" (e.g. family member, same household, roommates, etc.).
Stay up-to-date with the latest opening information and resources related to COVID-19.
The Arts are involved COVID-19 research. Read more HERE.
About the Durham Arts Council
The Durham Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and local arts agency dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 400,000 visitors and program participants, over 2,000 artists, and more than 300 arts and cultural organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, creative economy initiatives, arts advocacy and information services.
Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham – it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. For more information call 919.560.ARTS(2787) or visit our website at www.durhamarts.org.
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported DAC through the pandemic! We are humbled by your generosity. If you have not made your gift to support the arts and would like to do so, please click HERE to get started!
While our venue is currently closed, we are optimistic about our fall and winter events! Please contact Fay Marin to inquire about renting DAC for your next event!
For event rental inquiries, click below.
The Durham Arts Networkis a free online directory for artists, arts and cultural organizations, arts businesses and venues in Durham and adjacent counties. Get Your Free Listing Today!
Creative Capital helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life. Apply HERE. Deadline: March 8
Co-presented by South Arts and the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP), the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: South + Appalachia is an annual gathering that explores how arts and cultural programming can be forces for connection and community resilience throughout the southeastern United States. Register HERE.
Backbone Press has launched its 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition! (And incase, like me, you need an assist; a chapbook is a small booklet of poetry). Deadline: March 5th
The FedEx Global Education Center seeks proposals for a fall 2021 art exhibition from Latina/o artists based in NC. Accepted mediums include but are not limited to painting, photography, sculpture & textiles. Deadline: March 31
The Durham Art Guild (DAG) seeks artwork donations from our valued network of talented members and other community artists for our upcoming annual fundraising event. Learn More HERE.