Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Congratulations to our 2020-21 Emerging Artists!
The Durham Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2020-21 recipients of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants. The Emerging Artists Grants are $1,000 career development project grants intended to assist artists in all art forms to take the next step in developing their artistic careers.
This year’s recipients are:
- Antonio Alanis, Painting
- Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Multi-Disciplinary (Performing)
- Stephen Coffman, Music
- Allison Darcy, Literature
- Martha Paris, Sculpture
- Pilar Timpane, Film
- Anna Wagner, Craft
The program is funded by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation, the Linda Ironside Fund for the Arts of the Triangle Community Foundation, and contributions from individual donors.
The award made to Ava LaVonne Vinesett in Multi-Disciplinary (Performing) is sponsored by the Anika James Foundation, which supports emerging artists in the performing arts.
Thank you to the Emerging Artists Grant review panelists:
Derrick Beasley (Photography/Film), Amanda Graham (Dance/Multi Disciplinary (Performing)/Theater), Keenan Jenkins (Music), Peter Marin (Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media/Printmaking), Ashley Nissler (Literature), Mario Schambon (Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media/Printmaking & Sculpture/Installation), River Takada-Capel (Craft).
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DAC is excited to offer virtual camps again this summer, with 3 new fantastic themes! We hope to see you there.
Greek Mythology June 7-11 (7 spaces left)
Nifty Namibia June 14-18 (2 spaces left)
Kaleidoscopic Kazakhstan June 28 – July 2 (7 spaces left)
“I was very pleased with this camp and thought the instructor did a tremendous job. I was a little skeptical that my son would have the attention span for an online camp but he stayed engaged throughout.” – Summer 2020 virtual camp parent
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Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
Looking for movers to build site specific duets in collaboration with Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs to be presented by the American Dance Festival throughout the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) sculpture park. Auditions are Saturday, May 22 at the ADF’s Scripps Studios (721 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705). Project rehearsals will be held at the ADF’s Scripps Studios and outside at NCMA. Appropriate COVID protocol will be observed. Paid performances July 22-26. Learn more about this opportunity.
The Durham Art Guild is accepting applications to their 2021 Artist in Residence Program. The 2021 Artist in Residence Program will provide professional studio space for 6 months at Golden Belt Campus in downtown Durham, a $1,000 stipend, regular support from and access to DAG’s professional resources and networks, and an exhibition at the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt for one selected local artist. Application deadline: May 25, 2021.
The City of Raleigh seeks several artists to work closely with the community and design team to create artworks for the Plaza & Play that speak to the themes of the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan. Two to four artists/artist teams will be selected to design and fabricate artworks and assigned a tentative scope of work. Application deadline: June 7, 2021.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an annual Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, in honor of the late poet, editor, and educator. The Buckner Fellowship, in the amount of $500 awarded to one writer each year, supports North Carolina emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence and commitment to a literary career. Learn more about this opportunity.
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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.
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The Arts are involved COVID-19 research. Read more HERE.