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DAC School News
New and Returning Instructors for Winter Classes
New instructors include:
Caregiver/Child: Improv Storytelling with Puppets
Kirsten Bohl is a nature-based educator who enjoys art-making and creativity in all forms, especially with kids. She values storytelling and improvisation, and takes a playful approach to community-building. She offers mind-body-spirit techniques for wellness centered in the heart. Together we practice micro-shifts in individual and collective justice, peace, healing, and wholeness.
Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as 6 state and regional societies- Northeast, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (NEWS, GWS, IWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC). Ryan has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS), and Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Art of Watercolour, and Splash 15, 16, 19 & 20 hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions.
Jillian is a compulsively creative, Durham-based visual artist and educator working in paint, print and fiber. She draws inspiration from the weird and wonderful all around. Jillian loves sewing garments and makes most of her own clothing. She lives in a garden cottage with her cat, Devo, and when she isn't teaching art, you can find her in the studio working on an abstract canvas, linoleum block, or piece of embroidery.
Sara Morris (she/her/hers) is an experienced graphic designer who loves creating strong brand identities and building impactful visual experiences. She is passionate about visual communication and illustration, and is equally passionate about early childhood literacy and access to public education. Sara graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a Senior Consultant with a focus on branding and design at Clarkston Consulting.
Lauren Sale who has over 15 years experience as a teaching artist, director, and arts administrator and worked across the US and UK with theatres such as the Young Vic in London, Writers Theatre in Chicago, and North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh. Her students have gone on to perform professionally on Broadway, in London's West End, and across regional theatres including in Broadway’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Southwark Playhouse, London The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and West End’s Tina!. Her students have gone on to further study at prestigious high school theatre programs and musical theatre programs across the globe.
Returning instructors include:
Rebecca Bossen is a Durham-based theatre educator, voice coach, playwright, and performer. She holds theatre degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught theatre classes at Northwestern University, Act One Studios, Raleigh Little Theater, Burning Coal Theatre, NC State Young and Teen Writers’ Workshops, and many local schools. Her work has been seen in venues across the country, including Chicago Dramatists, Creede Repertory Theatre, Stage Left, Inkwell Theatre, the DC Source Festival, the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, and several local theatres. She is the recipient an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant for Scriptworks and an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant. Her play Delilah Lee was named an O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist. www.rebeccabossen.com
Bernice Koff enrolled in a watercolor class over 25 years ago to enhance her art knowledge as a museum docent in Columbus, Ohio. Art classes, gallery exhibits, and juried shows began to fill up her life and she pursued all of them with joy, energy, and a determination to challenge herself to make her art both more skilled and more meaningful. Teaching students the joys of watermedia painting and collage has enhanced both her life since moving to the Triangle and her artwork as well. See examples of her work at www.bernicekoff.com
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Please support these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Walltown Children’s Theatre: Indigo Blue: a re-imagining of the Pied Piper: Dec. 11 at 10 AM, 4:30 PM, 7 PM; Dec. 12 at 2 PM, 4:30 PM. Walltown Children’s Theatre, Ticketed.
Hayti Heritage Center:
The Jambalaya Soul Poetry Slam Team under the leadership of educator, community activist and author Dasan Ahanu performs every third Saturday each month at Hayti.
Inner Visions: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, Sun. Dec. 12, 6 pm, Hayri Heritage Center, in-person, ticketed.
Black Santa, Dec. 18 from 10-5; Dec. 19 from 1-5; Dec. 22 from 12-6.
Durham Community Concert Band: Holiday Concert, Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, Durham Armory, Free.
Durham Art Guild/Durham Arts Council: Third Friday, December 17, 6-8 PM. Durham Arts Council: NCCU Visual Arts Student Exhibition, Elizabeth Stone Exhibit – Work created during Cassilhaus Residency.
Choral Society of Durham:
Holiday Concert, Dec. 19, 4-5 pm, Duke Chapel, Ticketed.
Durham Children’s Choir: Virtual excerpts from 2021.
Durham Medical Orchestra: Now holding auditions for 2022. Deadline to submit audio recording, Jan. 4.
American Dance Festival:
Available online: Long Distance Dance Dialogues.
Museum of Durham History: Current exhibit: More Than Just A Game: The NCCU vs. NC A&T Football Rivalry.
Don't miss the latest blog post by our 2021 Piedmont Laureate, Kelly Starling Lyon.
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Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
North Star Church of the Arts is hiring!
The City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program (the “City”) and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) are seeking artists or artist teams with experience in creating public art that fosters a unique sense of place based on community-informed designs for the New Athletic Park on Hoover Road to support a welcoming user-experience. The selected artist or artist team will have a total public art project budget of $50,000, including artist fees, artist-design, community engagement, fabrication, and documentation of the artwork on site.
Deadline: Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
Request For Qualifications Document is located here.
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