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Don’t Miss THIS 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!
COVID-19 Information – During this event, we will limit the number of people inside the building at one time. There may be a short wait to enter our facility. We do require masks and temperature checks upon entry as well.
The Durham Art Guild presents the 67th Annual Juried Exhibition at SunTrust Gallery inside the Durham Arts Council building. This is the Guild’s longest-running, largest, and most impressive annual exhibition featuring the work of 67 regional artists working in a variety of mediums and styles.
This exhibition will be on view in person through advanced appointments following safety guidelines October 7 – November 30, 2021.
3rd Friday Durham Public Receptions – Oct. 15th + Nov 19th 6-8pm
Online Juror Lecture – Nov. 11th 7-8:30pm
The online version of this exhibition and the Peoples’ Choice Award online voting will go live soon and will be linked here.
Sewing Bee Event at DAC!
Bring your old negatives and slides to a sewing bee event at the Durham Arts Council at 1pm on October 24th. With the help of visual artist Elizabeth Stone, sew your film strips into a large scale community art piece! This sewing bee will be held as part of the “I REMEMBER PROJECT: Collected Memories / Shared Histories”. Montana artist Elizabeth Stone will be an artist in residence for the month of October at Cassilhaus in Chapel Hill. With division so strong in our country right now, Stone has been thinking about what defines a community and how we gather together in meaningful ways. The sharing of stories is often at the core of human connection, and as a photographer Stone knows that photographs have the power to connect as well as to divide. She cares about the connection.
I REMEMBER will provide an opportunity for the greater Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough, North Carolina communities to participate, pause and reconsider the many perspectives of a shared experience, sparked by the power of family photographs. During her time at the Cassilhaus residency, Stone will create a unique large scale dimensional work from donated photographic materials that are full of individual and family histories. These film materials will be collected from generations who used the camera as a means of recording life events. Negatives will also be collected from high school and college age students presently working in the wet darkroom. These donations will be sewn together to make a large sculptural tapestry – a collaborative record of the community’s identity.
In addition to the physical art piece, each donated negative or slide will be copied, archived and included in a video celebrating and memorializing these numerous personal and family histories.
Contact Elizabeth Stone at email@example.com about donating negatives and registering for the sewing bee. Space is limited. Participants need only basic hand sewing skills or the willingness to learn.
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.
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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Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month Throughout October
Participate with Our DAC Partners and Friends
Museum of Durham History: Join us at the Museum of Durham History on Friday, October 15th at 6PM for the debut of our latest exhibit More Than Just a Game: The NCCU vs. NC A&T Football Rivalry. This exhibit will explore the annual fall matchup on the gridiron between North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC, and North Carolina A&T State University (A&T) in Greensboro, NC, one of the biggest rivalries in HBCU (Historically Black College and University) sports. This year marks the ninety second meeting between the two teams. Stop by for live music, tailgating refreshments, and special guest speakers including community curators Dr. Charles Johnson (NCCU) and Dr. Arwin Smallwood (A&T).
Learn More Here.
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The Carolina Theatre Presents…
Casey Nees (CAPS Teaching Artist), Muggle Magic
Saturday, October 16 | 11 AM
In “Muggle Magic” join Professor Casey Nees on loan from the Ministry of Non-Magical Studies as he takes your students on a fun filled program full of science and magic! Learn how non-magical folk emulate magic with the power of science. Levitation, color changing “potions”, potential and kinetic energy, singing rods and more! This fun filled program will inspire creative thinking and, in the process, show just how magical science can be. 6-10 student volunteers will come onstage but all will be engaged.
This week US Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will introduce the Arts Education for All Act, which would improve the quantity and quality of arts education for youth in our schools and juvenile justice systems and increase the availability of professional development for arts educators by making targeted amendments to a wide range of federal legislation. To support the broadest and most impactful arts education bill ever introduced in Congress, organizations and businesses can take two minutes to endorse the bill, and individuals can take two minutes to email Congress today! The Arts Education for All Act would:
- Require State plans to expand and strengthen arts education programs.
- Require States to include arts education on K-12 school report cards.
- Increase opportunities for professional development of arts educators.
- Increase arts education opportunities in Child Care Development Grants.
- Strengthen arts and arts integration in certain after-school programs.
- Ensure arts education is equally researched and assessed like other subjects.
- Utilize arts education in the juvenile justice system to improve reentry & reduce recidivism.
THIS IS THE MOST EXPANSIVE ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION IN HISTORY!
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A Piedmont Laureate Virtual Event!
Join children’s book author Kelly Starling-Lyons, this year’s Piedmont Laureate, in conversation with Don Tate, October 19, 19, 6 PM . Mr. Tate is the award-winning author and illustrator of a new picture book about Durham native son, Ernie Barnes, called Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes. The interview will be on the Durham County Library zoom and available on the DCL Youtube channel for one week following the interview. Sponsored by the Durham County Library and the Durham Arts Council.
Registration is required – register now to receive the event link!
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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.