Thank you, Nnenna!
Last week we reported the recipients of this year’s Durham Arts Council Emerging Artists Grants. In our excitement we omitted our thank you to Nnenna Freelon who served as chair of the review panel. We apologize for this omission. We deeply appreciate Nnenna’s gift of time, talent and leadership – not only to the Emerging Artists Program but to so many aspects of the arts in Durham.
P.S. – Don’t miss her new album!
Portrait Project Honors Those Responding to Food Insecurity in Durham
Durham Arts Council is proud to feature the work of photographer Rhonda Klevansky, as one of multiple venues displaying portraits from her “Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry” project. This project explores Durham’s response to hunger during COVID and the economic crisis. The series spotlights members of our community working to provide food to those in need. Beginning on Friday, May 21 (our unofficial Third Friday kick-off for 2021!), Rhonda’s work will be on view at the DAC, 21c Museum Hotel Durham, Bull McCabes, Durham Central Park, and the Museum of Durham History. In the spirit of social distance, you can view all of the work outdoors, with photos in windows, on banners, and mounted on fences.
Grant Deadline Quickly Approaching! Get Your Application in by May 31st.
Both Season and Catalyst grant programs fund arts activities conducted by Durham arts nonprofits or nonprofits conducting arts activities between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Arts nonprofits are encouraged to apply for operating support for this grant cycle.
More detailed overview and applications here:
These grant programs are supported by contributions to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
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Orange County Arts Commission has multiple grants open and available. Learn more about these 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.
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.
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