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Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Tonight, local arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake 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 from the pandemic. This regional fundraising initiative will boast a superstar line-up, including musician Ben Folds, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, poet Jaki Shelton Green, tap dancer Jabu Graybeal, and potter Mark Hewitt.
Although the arts community is slowly beginning to rebuild after years of closures and cancellations, there is still a great need to help the artists and arts organizations who are essential to the recovery of this region. Funds raised from this event will go toward arts programming, artists, and arts organizations.
We hope you will tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. on WRAL TV (NBC) or WRAL.com for our second annual Big Night In for the Arts to celebrate and support our local arts community. Donations may be made during the show, but if you would like to make a gift before the event, please click the button below.
Every dollar helps in a BIG way! Please give so the arts can live!
Bid on Art By Mark Hewitt created exclusively for Big Night In!
Mark Hewitt is a world-renowned potter whose work is featured in the Smithsonian and museums around the country. Made in his Pittsboro studio, Mark's handmade, wood-fired umbrella pot is crafted in the old style of North Carolina churns. Bringing both beauty and functionality, the piece can find a home by the front door for umbrellas--or as the vessel for a lovely flower arrangement. Made with North Carolina clay, this piece is glazed with materials found near the site of an historic South Carolina kiln. The pot measures 26" tall and 8" wide at the opening. Created exclusively for Big Night In for the Arts, Mark Hewitt crafted this one-of-a kind piece to auction in support of four local arts councils, Chatham Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County.
Don't miss your opportunity to own a truly unique work of art – bid now!
Durham Convention and Arts Complex Public Art Elements - Please Participate in our Survey!
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!
Durham Public Schools Celebrates “Arts in Our Schools Month”
Throughout the month of March, Durham Public Schools will present student art exhibitions, instrumental and vocal performances, and dance recitals across the Durham community. “This is a month dedicated to arts education and gives our students a chance to appreciate how important arts in our schools is. The arts not only allow them to express themselves, but also reinforce what students learn in other subjects across the curriculum,” says Jeremy Tucker, Director of K-12 Arts Education at Durham Public Schools.
The Durham Arts Council CAPS program is a proud partner of Durham Public Schools and wishes the best of luck to all participating students! Check out the amazing arts presentations with partnering Durham arts organizations here!
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Mallarme Chamber Players – Family Concert – Luna’s Magic Flute. March 12, 1:30 PM, Spanish Language; 3:15 PM English Language, The Fruit, 305 South Dillard St, Durham. FREE
Liberty Arts - Feast from the Furnace fundraiser. Dinner and glass demo. March 12, 6-9 PM, Liberty Arts Glass Blowing Studio, $110 per person
Durham Arts Council, Durham Art Guild – Third Friday – March 18, 6-8 PM. DPS Art Teachers Exhibit and Swing Into Spring Preview. FREE
Durham Savoyards, Ltd – The Pirates of Penzance – March 24,25,26,27. The Carolina Theatre. Ticketed.
Durham Art Guild – Swing Into Spring Fundraiser – March 25-April 5, silent auction.
Museum of Durham History: current exhibit: More Than Just A Game: The NCCU vs. NC A&T Football Rivalry
Ernie Barnes – Football, Art and Durham – presentation by his daughter, Deirdre Barnes. March 31, 7-9 PM. Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre. FREE
Durham Symphony Orchestra- A Tribute to Pauli Murray – April 10, 3 PM, Hayti Heritage Center. Ticketed
DurhamArts Council/Durham Art Guild – Third Friday – DPS Art Instructor Exhibit – April 15, 6-8 PM, FREE
Choral Society of Durham – Spring Concert: Brahms Requiem – May 15, 4 PM, Baldwin Auditorium Duke East Campus, Ticketed
DurhamArts Council/Durham Art Guild – Third Friday – OUR HOUSE Exhibit: DAC Instructors and Students; DAG TBA – May 20, 6-8 PM, FREE
ShaLeigh Dance Works – enVISION sensory beyond sight – May 27, 28, 29. The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard Street, Ticketed
DurhamArts Council/Durham Art Guild – Third Friday – OUR HOUSE Exhibit: DAC Instructors and Students; DAG TBA – June 17, 6-8 PM, FREE
Durham Community Concert Band – Triangle Concert Band Festival – June 18, 3 PM, Durham Central Park, FREE
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.
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.
The Burlington Artists League, in conjunction with the BAL Fine Art Gallery, is hosting the Spring Regional Fine Art Competition in April. Artwork submitted March 29 and 30.
Find more details here.
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.
Check out the most recent blog post by our 2022 Piedmont Laureate, Heather Bell Adams!
Have you been postponing an event since 2019?? Book at DAC today!
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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
Beginning Wednesday January 19th, you can order FREE rapid COVID-19 home test kits. A total of four test kits can be ordered per household. Go to www.covidtests.gov or click the button below.