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Teacher Workday Camps Are Filling Fast! Is Your Child Registered?
Get your little one signed up TODAY while we still have availability.
January 3, 4, 18, and 19 – Registration opening on November 5.
Make sure you reserve your child's spot!
The Arts Are A Great Stress Reliever! Take Advantage of These Fun Classes for All Ages.
The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Durham! Art lovers can shop local artists, take in some live music, dine at world-class restaurants, and more, all at easily strollable venues in the Durham city center. The Holiday Market is the perfect transition from the harvest to the holidays! Free and family friendly!
Durham Arts Council has proudly produced Art Walk since 2004. For 2021, the Art Walk Holiday Market festival features include indoor and outdoor exhibitors, live performances, delicious local food truck fare, and more! Stay tuned as event features are updated in the coming weeks!
If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. Masks will be required indoors at all venues and outdoors at artists' booths. Temperature checks and social distancing will be required at the Durham Arts Council building and the Durham Armory.
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Join us for 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.
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.
*Masks are required inside the DAC building.
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 Reception – 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.
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Gaspard&Dancers Presents an Extraordinary Evening of Contemporary Dance!
Durham-based choreographer Gaspard Louis and his company Gaspard&Dancers (G&D) will present a packed evening of dance November 13 at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater. The evening-length program will feature two world premieres “The breath before,” and “Inside Out”
The breath before
As movers, we tend to soak up all ambient energy and room. Yet, in Covidtide, we found ourselves having to self-isolate and stay distant from one another. The breath before probes the dynamic between people who, after months of separation, are finally able to share the same space, breathing the same air.
Inside Out was conceived at the height of the pandemic, when participants in my choreography class were confined/quarantined in tiny rooms, hardly able to move about. But, as the work went on, the dancers made their escape into the elements to seize the joy of expatiation.
In addition to the two new works, the evening will include three older works from the company’s repertoire; “Deux”, “Around Within” plus an old favorite to remember the most recent Haiti earthquake, “Souke-shake.”
Liberty Arts 5th Annual Iron Pour
Liberty Arts Studios & Foundry, Durham Central Park and The Forest at Duke present the 5th annual public Iron Pour at Durham Central Park Saturday, November 6 from 4-9 p.m. All evening and into the night, 4,000 pounds of molten iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display creating the iron tiles made by the public and sculptures made by NC artists. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, Liberty Arts T-shirts, beer glasses and hand-blown glass pumpkins. Come enjoy drumming performances from Batalá Durham, Fire Breathers, kid-friendly events, local food trucks and craft beer while watching this very creative and gritty Durham event!
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Piedmont Laureate Kelly Starling Lyons has teamed up with Lulu, Book Harvest, Quail Ridge Books, United Arts, Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, and the Orange County Arts Commission to bring you the Hope Shines Through Writing Contest!
The pandemic has been tough on everyone, particularly children, but bravery, perseverance, and brilliance deserve to be celebrated. In trying times, hope always shines through. In 250 words or less, Triangle students in 4th or 5th grade are invited to share a challenge they recently faced and how they overcame it.
Judges: Children’s book authors Kelly Starling Lyons, Judy Allen Dodson & Frances O’Roark Dowell
Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2021
Don't miss the latest blog post by our Piedmont Laureate, Kelly Starling Lyon.
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
The Public Art Committee (PAC) is accepting new member applications for two vacancies, with membership terms ending on 6/30/2023 and 6/30/2024.
New Member Applications are due Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and Pauli Murray Project (PMC/PMP) are looking for a creative, self-starter to provide assistance crafting online, self-guided, or teacher-led programming based on an archive about Durham’s history of activism developed over the last 10 years by undergraduate students. Learn more about this opportunity HERE.
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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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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.