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Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Celebrate Excellence for NC Arts in Education Week
Arts North Carolina is a proud member of the NC Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC), consisting of organizations who collaborate with and represent arts educators and advance comprehensive arts education in our state. Each year we honor those individuals and institutions who excel in their work and deserve recognition as part of our NC Arts in Education Week celebration. We would like to help recognize and thank these organizations, individuals, and all those who instruct, engage, and inspire our students through the arts.
In 2010, Congress passed House Resolution 275 designating the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to advocate, educate, and celebrate about the impact and transformative power of the arts in education.
ADVOCATE: Raise the issue of arts education with leaders and elected officials.
Engage your elected officials to support of arts education funding and policy.
Invite community leaders and elected officials to student performances and events.
Ask leaders to issue a proclamation in support of the value of arts education
EDUCATE: Make sure your community and its leaders understand the impact of arts in schools.
Write an op-ed for your local paper and post it on social media (even if not printed).
Host an arts focused meet and greet or forum for local School Board candidates.
CELEBRATE: Tell the world about the value of arts education in our schools.
Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. about arts in education.
Share your #BecauseOfArtsEd story during #ArtsEdWeek. (Use the #s)
Public Art Request For Qualifications from Durham County Artists
Request for Qualifications – Durham County Artists – Issue Date: September 13, 2021
Budget: $90,000 (Mosaic/Surface Art, Sculpture, and Lighting)
Deadline for Applications: October 4, 2021 (11:59 PM EST)
The Durham Convention and Arts Complex (DCAC – Durham Convention Center, Carolina Theater, The Armory and the Durham Arts Council) seeks Ground Plane/Surface Art, Sculptural Elements, Lighting Installations for the Durham Convention Center/Carolina Theatre Plaza
The DCAC is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams to transform the Durham Convention Center/Carolina Theatre Plaza through creative placemaking elements. This is a Request for Qualifications only. Finalists selected from RFQ will be asked to prepare and present proposals. Site plans, maps more details will be provided to assist finalists in proposal preparation.
Artists/Artist Team will be asked to design a system of art elements that visually connect the four buildings into a cohesive group so that it can be used and marketed as the Durham Convention and Arts Complex. The DCAC wants the art elements to include sculptural elements, mosaics, and/or other surface art, and strategic light installations.
New Youth Workshops Just Added!
Art Explorations (Ages 5-9)
Get creative during these afterschool enrichment workshops by using your imagination and exploring a variety of materials. We will have fun creating art using a different media each week. Take one or take them all! These classes will take place outdoors at the Durham Arts building. Materials supplied.
$15 per workshop
Pop Art Paintings – October 14
Clay Creatures – October 21
Nature Embroidery – October 28
Collage Cities – November 4
Emerging Artist Grants are NOW OPEN!!
Applications for the DAC’s Emerging Artists Grant program are now open. Artists who live in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville and Person Counties are eligible to apply for these professional development project grants .
Details on the program and links to applications are on the DAC website.
Information Sessions will be held on zoom at 6 pm on Sept. 30 and Oct.13. Email Margaret DeMott for a zoom link or to ask questions by clicking the button below.
Applications are due October 31, 2021.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
THE I REMEMBER PROJECT
A Cassilhaus residency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 2021 that will result in production of a participatory multi-generational community public art work. With the help of your community, using donations of photographic negatives and slides, visual artist Elizabeth Stone will weave and sew together personal narratives from multiple generations into a large sculptural art piece.
This collaborative record of the community’s identity will be created with the artist at scheduled “sewing bees” encouraging participants to pause and reconsider the many perspectives of a shared experience, sparked by family photographs.
DAC will serve as a drop off location for photographic negatives and slides. Between September 14-October 7, you can drop off materials at the DAC Terrace on Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday between 11 am – 3 pm. For more information contact Elizabeth Stone.
Welcome to the Family Saturday Series!
The Family Saturday Series at The Carolina Theatre is a family-based curated program for all ages. Our goal is to provide high quality, affordable arts experiences to introduce young audiences to the magic of live performances, music, storytelling, and magic!
This year, we are offering a virtual viewing option for performances occurring in the Fall. If you choose the virtual option, a link will be emailed to you before the show. The performance will go live at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the show and will be available for viewing for 24 hours. Virtual tickets will be available on the individual show’s web page.
Free Popcorn for the first 50 patrons!
Have you been postponing an event since 2019?? Book at DAC today!
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
Visual Artist Application for
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Closes Tomorrow!
The application for the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is NOW OPEN! All artists who wish to participate in this non-juried event must apply online via the application link. The application fee is $5.00, with a $75.00 booth fee for accepted artists. The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market will be held Saturday November 20, and Sunday November 21. Participating artists will be placed at locations throughout our Downtown Durham footprint, in both indoor and outdoor spaces. The Holiday Market is the perfect transition from the harvest to the holidays! This annual community arts festival is free and family friendly – learn more about Art Walk here.
ClayMakers is hiring a General Manager!
Overall, the General Manager will:
• work with the Executive Director to ensure smooth flow of retail and studio operations;
• interact with students and open studio renters in a way that supports Claymakers’ mission;
• promote and maintain a positive, safe working environment;
• develop and promote sound studio use guidelines and procedures
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.