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Arts News + Exhibits
Rescheduled Exhibit Reception Happening TONIGHT, Thursday, January 27 from 5pm-8pm!
The threat of snow put the kibosh on our Third Friday exhibit reception last week, but we are excited to welcome visitors for a rescheduled gallery event tonight, Thursday, January 27 from 5pm-8pm, when the public is invited to view Durham Art Guild’s 2022 Members’ Showcase Exhibition, I REMEMBER from Elizabeth Stone, and NCCU Department of Art Student Works. This will be the opening event for The Durham Art Guild’s 2022 Members’ Showcase Exhibition at SunTrust Gallery inside the Durham Arts Council building (on view January 20 - March 4, 2022). This annual exhibition is a submission-free and non-juried opportunity to showcase the work of our talented and valued member artists. This year’s exhibition features 100 artworks by 100 local/regional member artists working in a variety of mediums and styles.
The Thursday, January 27 reception will also be the last chance to see Elizabeth Stone’s I REMEMBER, an installation of photo negatives and positives that is the result of Stone’s Cassilhaus artist residency, a community collaboration about finding connection through shared stories. The NCCU Department of Art Student Works show will remain on view through February. Can’t make it to the 1/27 reception? We are pleased to announce new hours to view exhibits in the Durham Arts Council building. Moving forward, visitors may view exhibits in the Durham Arts Council and Durham Art Guild from 11 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No appointment sign up is required. Guests will be screened before entering the DAC building and masks are required.
The Stars Know Your Name by Elizabeth Stone
DAC School News
CAPS Program Provides New Mural at Sandy Ridge Elementary School
CAPS Artists are busy at work this year partnering with students, teachers, and community members to provide interactive arts experiences for all ages. Thank you to school partners like Sandy Ridge Elementary School for welcoming CAPS Artist Delaney Susi to create a new mural in their school! If your school or community center is interested in booking a CAPS program, contact Aubrey Wellfare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left: Mums by Carol Liz Fynn
Right: DAC Youth Classes
Watercolor Mastery (Ages 16 + up) - February 12 + 13
Improv Storytelling and Puppets (Ages 5-10) -February 12
Acting Basics (Ages 16 + up)– starting February 6
Modern Mending (Ages 16 + up)– starting February 7
Embroidery Sampler (Ages 16 + up)– starting February 7
Handmade Stamps (Ages 14 + up)– starting February 7
Youth Classes In-person
Cartoon Sketching (Ages 5-12) – staring February 2
Art Explorations (Ages 5-9) – starting February 3
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Left: ShaLeigh Dance Works
Middle: Duke String School
Right: Flamenco Vivo
Applications for DAC Season and Catalysts Grants Are Now Open!
Durham Arts Council’s 2022 Season Grants and Durham Arts Catalyst Grants support arts activities produced by Durham nonprofits between July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023. Applicants may request cash and/or use of space in the DAC Building. New applicants to both programs must communicate with the Director of Artist Services before submitting their application.
Applications are due April 11, 2022. Zoom information sessions will be held on February 7 (Season Grants) and February 15 (Durham Arts Catalyst) at 6 pm. To get an information session link email Margaret DeMott at email@example.com.
The grant review panel is chaired by a member of the Durham Arts Council Board. We thank Baron Tymas for his invaluable service as chair in 2020 and 2021.
These grant programs are supported by contributions to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Durham Arts Council/Durham Art Guild: Exhibit Opening- Durham Members Showcase, I Remember, NCCU Visual Arts Student Exhibition, Thursday, January 27, 5-8, Durham Arts Council building; FREE
Southern Documentary Fund: Roundtable with award winning documentary editor, Carla Gutierrez on Finding Your Vision in the Editing Room. January 27, 1 PM. Online.
Artists Standing Strong Together:
TGIF Intergenerational Story Fest, Feb. 4, 6-9 PM. FREE
BadyHouse Story Telling Concert, 6, 3 PM. Online. FREE
Folktales, Fairytales And Social Justice, 19, 2 PM. Online Free
Mallarme Chamber Players
A Musical Affair, Sunday, Feb. 13, 3-4:40, Motorco, Ticketed
Bach and Forward, Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30-9, PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council. Ticketed
Museum of Durham History:
Current exhibit: More Than Just A Game: The NCCU vs. NC A&T Football Rivalry
Curators Talk for current exhibit – Dr. Charles D. Johnson, NCCU and Dr. Arwin Smallwood, NC A&T– February 17, 7 pm. Hayti Heritage Center. FREE
Durham Arts Council/Durham Art Guild: Exhibit Opening- Durham Members Showcase, NCCU Visual Arts Student Exhibition, Work by Debra Wuliger, Friday, February 18, 6-8, Durham Arts Council building; FREE
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.
American Dance Festival:
Available online: Long Distance Dance Dialogues
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
Open Studio Space at Liberty Arts Studio!
We currently have (3) 10’ x 20’ spaces available in our Main Studio with metal and wood artists nearby; a perfect space for anyone working in mediums not affected by dust and dirt. And low rent! Only $233/month.
If you’re interested in learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour and for application information.
WSNC 2022 Annual Online Membership Exhibit Prospectus is now available!
It’s that time again! The prospectus for our online membership show is available by clicking HERE.
Members may submit up to two works by January 31st.
DAC is looking for teaching artists for our school break and summer camps to work with campers ages 5-17!
2022 Bull City Summit Arts Grant Program
BCS is excited to announce our 2022 Bull City Summit Arts Grant Program, in partnership with Durham Arts Council and Love Tito’s. Artists in various categories (i.e photography, mural, graffiti, etc.) can submit their work for a chance to be awarded one of five ($500.00) cash microgrants!
Apply on the BCS Applications page with your information as well as a description of how you will use the award money to further your art career. Submitted artists will be juried by Durham Arts Council with participating local art organizations nominating award winners. Good luck!
Check out the most recent blog post by our 2022 Piedmont Laureate, Heather Bell Adams!
DAC Facility + Rental
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.
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