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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.
On April 10th at 3 PM, the Durham Symphony will honor the life of writer, priest, lawyer, and activist Pauli Murray in words, images, and music and present 4 world premieres. Terry Mizesko’s Tribute (featuring horn soloist Rebekah Daley) was commissioned to honor NC French Hornist Andrew McAfee and his great-grandfather Cleland McAfee (theologian, minister, and hymn writer). Arvind Mallikarjunan’s The Beauty of the Morning honors his grandmother with its East Indian themes. Based on American spirituals, Maestro Curry’s Dark Testament pays tribute to 3 African American icons: Mahalia Jackson, Pauli Murray, and Harriet Tubman. The central movement (now expanded) is based on Murray’s autobiographical poem “Dark Testament” and memoir Song in a Weary Throat. Robert Rankin’s No Name in The Street takes its title from James Baldwin’s memoir of racism and turbulence. But Rankin says it is “in essence, about the history of Hayti,” the thriving Black community split asunder in 1958 by the Durham Freeway and “urban renewal” decisions. “More broadly,” he writes, “the work is about the erasure of history and communities and the importance of keeping the past alive, even when forces greater than us attempt to eliminate them.”
“If we do not see the past clearly,” Maestro Curry says, “we cannot see the present or the future with any kind of optimism about progressive change. Black History Month should be a period of honest reflection in which we acknowledge and embrace the full truth of this country, good and bad, giving credit where it’s due. And we should celebrate the visionary souls who lived and struggled to mark the path towards full equality.”
New Classes, New Instructors!
Art Journaling and Printmaking with Jillian Lee
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.
Caregiver/Child Workshops with Kirsten Bohl
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.
Writing Poetry with Lavonne Adams
Lavonne J Adams holds both a M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry. She studied with former Poet Laureate Philip Levine and taught for over twenty years at the university level. She has published a collection of poetry, two poetry chapbooks, and over 150 individual poems, short stories, and essays. She was awarded artist residencies at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico; The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation; and the Vermont Studio Center. She is also a finalist for the 2021 James Applewhite Poetry Prize, North Carolina Literary Review.
Memoir Writing with Allison Kirkland
Allison Kirkland has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the New School in New York City. Learn more at allisonkirkland.com
Vocal Empowerment with Karen Novy
Karen Novy has a degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice and piano. She has been a composer for over 30 years and believes wholeheartedly in the power of music to heal, comfort and inspire. Karen uses sound healing techniques in the vocal empowerment workshops that she offers to educate people about the power of their own voice for healing.
CAPS Artist Beverly Botsford to Perform at Carolina Theatre March 5th
Join CAPS Artist Beverly Botsford in a high energy, interactive celebration of rhythm and culture with music, spoken word, stories and dance at the Carolina Theater’s Saturday Families Series March 5th at 11:00 AM! Learn about “talking” on drums of Africa and Latin America while singing and dancing along to call and response rhythms, weaving global percussion colors with some Carolina spice. Tickets can be purchased on Carolina Theatre’s website here.
Durham Convention and Arts Complex – DPLEX – Selects Artist Team!
Durham Arts Council is working with the Durham Convention and Arts Complex (DPLEX) to commission public art for the plaza in front of the Durham Convention Center. Please help us by filling out this brief survey!
CLICK HERE to take the online survey to provide your feedback!
SAVE THE DATE FOR BIG NIGHT IN FOR THE ARTS 2022,
Presented by WRAL and Four Local Arts Organizations on March 10
FEATURING BEN FOLDS, NNENNA FREELON, HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, MARK HEWITT, JAKI SHELTON GREEN AND JABU GRAYBEAL
On March 10, 2022, Durham Arts Council and the local arts councils from Wake, Chatham, and Orange counties
will once again partner with WRAL to present Big Night In for the Arts to help the arts community continue to
rebuild and emerge resiliently from the pandemic. This regional fundraising initiative will boast a superstar
line-up, including musician Ben Folds, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, folk music band Hiss Golden Messenger, poet Jaki Shelton Green, tap dancer Jabu Graybeal, and potter Mark Hewitt. *
In March 2021, 35,000 viewers tuned in to WRAL to celebrate the arts. With the help of 600 corporate
sponsors and individual donors, our first Big Night In for the Arts raised more than $350,000 to help Triangle
artists and arts organizations weather the pandemic.
"WRAL is proud to once again partner with the four area arts councils to show our support for the arts and
shine a light on the important role they play in our communities,” said Joel Davis, Vice President and General
Manager of WRAL-TV & FOX 50.
The arts have suffered disproportionately from the destructive impact of the pandemic. Although the arts
community is slowly beginning to rebuild after a year and a half of closures and cancellations, there is still a
great need to help the artists and arts organizations that are essential to the recovery of this region. Funds
raised from this event will make the arts possible in each unique county and will go toward arts programming
and artists/arts organizations.
“The arts are the heart of our community and bond us in our shared human experience. The arts speak a
language that bridges differences and unites us, especially in these challenging times. We are asking the
community to strengthen financial support so that local arts and culture not only survive but thrive in the
future,” said Durham Arts Council Executive Director, Sherry DeVries.
Arts supporters can join the effort prior to the event as donors or as sponsors or donate live during the event. Audiences and arts enthusiasts who have enjoyed the arts across the Triangle for years can make a gift to benefit the four counties collectively or designate which specific county they would like to support.
Tune in to WRAL on March 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. and show your support of the arts! Find more information
About Big Night In for the Arts:
Born out of a love and respect for the arts, Big Night In for the Arts is a regional fundraising event to help local artists and arts/cultural organizations continue their path to recovery and reentry after the pandemic has lifted. Arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties have joined together in support of a mutual cause. In partnership with WRAL-TV, the Chatham Arts Council, the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are working together to maximize efforts to rally robust financial support for artists and arts/cultural organizations on March 10. For more information, please visit the website.
About WRAL-TV'S Parent Company:
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WNGT-CD, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, WRAL Digital and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality, the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Vote for PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council in the Best Venue for Community Theater category!
Vote for PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council in the Best Venue for Live Music (Small) category!
Vote for Durham Arts Council in the Best Art Gallery category!
Vote for Durham Arts Council in the Best Event Space category!
Durham Magazine - Best of Durham 2022
Polls are open through March 1, 2022
Cast your ballot now!
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Mallarme Chamber Players
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
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
The 2022-23 Durham Arts Council Call for Artists is now open!
Submit your application to be considered for a solo exhibit in one of four gallery spaces programmed by the Durham Arts Council – the deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. The $15 fee for a solo exhibit application is submitted through the application platform.
If you wish to propose an exhibit other than a solo show (for example; a show that includes the work of several artists, a show based on a theme, a group or association show), you will need to fill out an alternate application. You will find the special proposal application here. The deadline for submitting special proposals is also April 30, 2022 and the application fee is $15.00 (must be paid at this link).
For more information, see our Exhibit FAQ.
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!
Durham County Open Call for Artists
The Durham County Public Art Program has issued a RFQ inviting artists or artist teams to submit Qualifications for the design and installation of public artwork in, on, or around several Durham County Buildings. This is a rolling call for multiple projects at various locations, and multiple artists and artist teams will be commissioned.
Artists of all types and levels of experience are encouraged to apply, and community references will be accepted.
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 email@example.com to schedule a tour and for application information.
Join Piedmont Laureate Heather Bell Adams for a virtual fiction workshop 2/28 at 6pm: Starting Off Strong: Invite Your Reader In. Whether you’re brainstorming a new project or returning to an existing manuscript, this workshop is designed to help you get started. By using found objects—family heirlooms, items from nature, intriguing newspaper articles—we’ll dig deep to uncover what sparks our imagination. We’ll also look at examples from contemporary literature—beginnings that sweep us into the story world. Your goal is to invite your ideal reader in and entice them to take this trip with you.
To sign up for this free online event, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
COVID testing now available at DPAC located at 123 Vivian St. Durham, NC 27701. Go to curative.com to book an appointment.
Free Rapid COVID-19 Home Test Kits
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