Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Durham Arts Council Presents:
“The Arts are for EVERYONE” Spring Auction
Only 4 More Days to Bid!
Thanks to a very generous donor, Eugene Brown of the Koi Gallery, NEW items have been added to the “The Arts are for Everyone” Spring Auction. Check out the amazing visual arts pieces, experiences, and jewelry – this auction truly has something for EVERYONE. Get your bid in TODAY.
Thank you for supporting Durham Arts Council through donations, classes, events, and more! Your winning bid and/or donations will keep the arts alive and thriving at DAC. All proceeds benefit the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund.
HURRY! Bidding closes on June 14th for the general public. Sustainer supporters of DAC will get the final bid on June 15th. Contact Christy Thompson for more information on how to become a sustainer.
“Our House” and Third Fridays are Back!
Last summer, the pandemic prompted a move to the virtual space for “Our House”, our annual exhibit featuring work from DAC students and instructors. We’re delighted to feature “Our House” as an in-person exhibit for 2021! The focus for 2021 is on our students, as we celebrate the work they have created through our virtual and onsite classes over the past year. “Our House” will be on view in the DAC Allenton Gallery from June 18 – August 20. The exhibit will be viewable by appointment, and…..during Third Friday open house hours!
That’s right, Third Friday, Durham’s monthly gallery night, will restart in earnest next Friday, June 18! Stop by the DAC from 6-8pm to mix and mingle on the outdoor terrace space (masks not required; distancing recommended), and come inside to view the new shows from the Durham Arts Council, and the Durham Art Guild. 25 guests will be allowed inside at any one time – everyone must wear masks, observe social distancing and stay on the main level within the gallery spaces. Stay tuned for next week’s Art Vibes newsletter to learn more!
Interesting in taking a class with us? Click here to view our summer schedule.
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. Rhonda’s work will be on view at the DAC through July 16. It is also on view at 21c Museum Hotel Durham, Bull McCabes, Durham Central Park, and the Museum of Durham History (through June for most locations). In the spirit of social distance, you can view all of the work outdoors, with photos in windows, on banners, and mounted on fences.
Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With
New Album And Podcast
Nnenna and Phil Freelon were a power couple: He was the lead architect for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, and she was a Grammy-nominated jazz singer, composer, actress and playwright. They enjoyed an exciting, full life of work, travel, friends and family.
Phil Freelon passed away after a bravely fought battle with ALS in 2019. Now, Nneenna has started new podcast to share her grief, and recorded a new album dedicated to her late husband. She describes Time Traveler as a love letter to Phil, who she met in 1978 on a mutual friend’s porch in North Carolina.
On Great Grief, a new podcast Nnenna Freelon is producing in association with North Carolina Public Radio, the singer shares stories of her life. The weekly series launches June 4. Freelon, who views the podcast and Time Traveler as companions, says grief has made her more creative, more compassionate and more willing to take risks.
“The very fact that I can create, in this space of grief,” she says, “to me, that’s a superpower.”
Nneena is a recipient of the 1990 Emerging Artist Award and current chair of the Emerging Artist Grant panel at DAC.
Summer Camps + Teen Intensives Enrolling NOW!
Have you been postponing an event since 2019?? It’s time to start planning your next event with Durham Arts Council! We are excited to help you plan a safe and exciting return to our facility!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rental information and availability.
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
The Arts Center in Carrboro has 2 new job openings to share – Box Office Associate and Education Director. Click HERE to learn more
The “Arts on the Perquimans” festival has opened their applications. To learn more please see the registration form, rules & regulations, and and application forms HERE.
Summer Patchwork Market
AUGUST 8th 12:00-5:00 PM Durham Armory
Our Contact Information
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.
You Shop. They Give.
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Durham Arts Council Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Durham Arts Council Inc” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
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.