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Celebrating Black Artists of Durham
In honor of Black History Month, Durham Arts Council is delighted to highlight the work of Black artists and arts organizations of Durham. DAC is proud to work with these artists and organizations through its grant programs, as teaching artists, and through creative partnerships. DAC supports Gaspard & Dancers through the Season Grant Program and offers programs from ADF Dance Project through the CAPS Program.
Photo by Satsuki Scoville
Gaspard Louis is a Haitian born dancer, choreographer and founder/artistic director of Gaspard&Dancers (G&D), a modern dance company based in Durham. A former dancer with Pilobolus, Gaspard also directs ADF Project Dance. Additionally, he has been a guest teacher and choreographer at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Duke, Elon and NC Central Universities.
Gaspard choreographed solo works with for his company during the pandemic shut down that could be shared virtually. He is excited to be back in the studio with the dancers.
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.”
Gaspard is currently working with award winning cellist, Shana Tucker who is composing the score for his new work. Get a sneak preview here and look for the finished piece at the annual home concert for G&D in September!
Arts News + Exhibits
Clothespin to Clothespin by Debra Wuliger
New Exhibit on View in DAC’s Allenton Gallery!
New show alert! Pattern Lapping Pattern, featuring work from painter Debra Wuliger’s Harmonic Vibration Series, will be on view through February 28, 2022 in our Allenton Gallery. The exhibit explores the open-ended emotional resonance of interlocking pattern and color. These patterns tap into a deep desire we have as humans for order and the joy that order and vibrant color communicates. Pattern Lapping Pattern is a continuation of Debra Wuliger’s exhibit of the same name currently on view at the Durham Convention Center. Visitors are welcome to view that exhibit in the Durham Convention Center’s Pre-Function Corridor, 301 W Morgan St, through November 5, 2022.
See Pattern Lapping Pattern at the DAC during our open gallery hours 11 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No appointment sign up is required. All are also welcome to the Third Friday reception for the show on Friday, February 18, 6-8pm. The artist will be in attendance demonstrating her painting process. Guests will be screened before entering the DAC building and masks are required.
Members’ Showcase Exhibition at the Durham Arts Guild
Durham Art Guild’s 2022 Members’ Showcase Exhibition at SunTrust Gallery inside the Durham Arts Council building is 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.
DAC School News
Left: Handmade Stamps
Middle: Digital Photo 1
Right: Embroidery Sampler
Watercolor Mastery (Ages 16 + up) - February 12 + 13
Improv Storytelling and Puppets (Ages 5-10) -February 12
Modern Mending (Ages 16 + up)– starting February 7
Embroidery Sampler (Ages 16 + up)– starting February 7
Handmade Stamps (Ages 14 + up)– starting February 7
Digital Photo 1 (Ages 14 + up) – starting February 9
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 email@example.com.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Durham Medical Orchestra
Durham Central park Play List Concert
UPDATED Timeline for DAC Season and Durham Arts Catalyst Grants
The timeline for the DAC Season and Durham Arts Catalyst Grants has been revised and the date for opening the applications will be later in the spring. The North Carolina Arts Council has successfully identified additional funding for grants to North Carolina arts nonprofits, however more time will be needed to clarify the requirements and criteria for funding. Durham Arts Council partners with the NC Arts Council to regrant these funds to support the arts sector in Durham.
DAC will offer an information session to explain the revisions in the application once the details are confirmed and applicants will get sufficient time to prepare for any changes in the application.
We thank the NC Arts Council for their continued work to find resources for the North Carolina arts sector.
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Artists Standing Strong Together:
TGIF Intergenerational Story Fest, Feb. 4, 6-9 PM. FREE
BadyHouse Story Telling Concert, Feb. 6, 3 PM. Online. FREE
Folktales, Fairytales And Social Justice, Feb. 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 Art Guild Members Showcase, NCCU Visual Arts Student Exhibition, Pattern Lapping Pattern 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.
DAC is looking for teaching artists for our school break and summer camps to work with campers ages 5-17!
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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