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Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month Throughout October
Be sure to #ShowYourArt on social media to take part in the fun!
October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:
- FOCUSING on equitable access to the arts at local, state, and national levels;
- ENCOURAGING individuals, organizations, and diverse communities to participate in the arts;
- ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and
- RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
The arts and humanities have played a critically important role in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and in amplifying the need for racial equity across the country. National Arts & Humanities Month is the time for communities to come together in unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better.
Participate with Our DAC Partners and Friends
Durham County Library and Durham Arts Council
Meet the Author: Don Tate
Join children’s book author Kelly Starling-Lyons, this year’s Piedmont Laureate, in conversation with Don Tate. Mr. Tate is the award-winning author and illustrator of the new picture book about Durham native son, Ernie Barnes, called Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes. Oct. 19 at 6 pm. Co-sponsored by the Durham County Library and the Durham Arts Council. Click here to register for the live interview on zoom. The interview will be available on YouTube for one week after the interview.
Learn More Here.
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK AT HAYTI!
Their Black American Music Series is Back with a new Season! Hayti continues the tradition with a tribute to Jazz Legend Art Blakey. Featuring Don Cheatham on drums.
Purchase tickets here.
Tons of Art Happenings for October Third Friday!
On Friday, October 15 from 6pm – 8 pm, join us for the opening of Pieces of Light, a photography exhibition curated from the diverse perspectives of forty-seven regional artists collaborating with the Six Feet Photography Project . Pieces of Light, held in conjunction with Click! Photography Festival, will be on view in the DAC Allenton and Semans Galleries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pieces of Light photographers used their cameras as a tool for connecting intimately with their daily lives, the natural world, and their immediate communities. This exhibition runs through November 27, 2021, and can also be viewed by appointment.
In addition to Pieces of Light, a pop-up gallery of photography will be featured in our Pavilion space. Spectrum of Hope: What We See at the End of the Rainbow is a multi-generational visual conversation facilitated by community artist Liz Williams that engaged LGBTQIA+ folks in the Triangle and beyond. Elements of this pop-up will remain on view in the Pavilion space through November. We’ll also feature work from Anna Norton as a Third Friday pop-up: a projection installation will be on view in DAC’s Holmes Conference Room.
While you’re at DAC, don’t miss the Durham Art Guild’s 67th Annual Juried Exhibition, opening the same evening in the SunTrust Gallery.
And finally, we’re delighted to feature a live performance on the north lawn of the DAC: The Durham Production Company will present Elphie and Daniel, a Thaxave Pop-Up, at 7pm. The performance is seven minutes long, so don’t be late!
Our Third Friday receptions are always free and open to the public. See you at DAC, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701 between 6 pm -8 pm!
Emerging Artists Support Grants Close on October 31st!!
DAC will be awarding $20,000 in Emerging Artist grants this year thanks to generous support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Anika James Foundation, DAC Annual Arts Fund donors and partner support from Orange, and Person Counties.
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.
The last Information Session will be held on zoom at 6 pm on Oct.13. Email Margaret DeMott for a zoom link or to ask questions by clicking the button below.
Applications are due October 31, 2021.
HUGE thank you for the increased support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation this year.
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Durham Art Guild Hosts: Photographing Your Artworks
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Location: Onine via Zoom
Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members
(*Some need-based scholarships available)
Knowing how to document your artwork well is an essential skill for any artistic career. Artists are typically required to submit work digitally for exhibitions, competitions, grants, and more. Good photography offers a strong first impression of your art and your professionalism as an artist. Knowing how to properly photograph your work can make a big difference towards being accepted to an exhibition or capturing the attention of potential clients online.
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.
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!
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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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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.