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Arts News + Exhibits
March Third Friday Event at the DAC!
The Durham Arts Council is pleased to feature Durham Public Schools Art Instructor Showcase, DAC’s first exhibit collaboration with the entire school system, in the Allenton and Semans Galleries of the Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris Street, downtown Durham. The public is invited to enjoy the newly installed exhibit and live music by Frank Keefe and Dave Lewis, 6-8 pm on Friday, March 18 for the Third Friday open house. Durham Art Guild’s Swing Into Spring Online Auction Preview Exhibition will be opening the same evening the Truist Gallery. Free and open to the public.
Durham Public Schools Art Instructor Showcase is a curated survey of pieces from art teachers across the system and across all grade levels. 50+ pieces by 17 teachers will be included in the exhibit.
Masks and temperature checks are required to enter the Durham Arts Council building.
Registration is open for the ARTS Day 2022 Online Conference, May 23- 24, 2022. Full Scholarship opportunities are available to all independent artists of all arts disciplines thanks to Artists Thrive, and available to all teachers and students of all arts disciplines thanks to Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Center and Cherokee Central Schools.
Durham Arts Council sponsors Arts Day and will be coordinating the advocacy meeting with Durham County Legislators. For more information on the advocacy meeting contact Margaret DeMott.
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.
Auction Ends Tonight at 11:59 PM – BID NOW!
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DAC Education News
See CAPS Artists at Carolina Theatre!
We are excited to return with The Magic of African Rhythm on April 2nd. Bring the whole family to move and learn about West African music, dance, history, and culture! Visit the Carolina Theatre website to learn more and purchase tickets.
New Classes and New Instructors
Encaustic – Sunday, April 3
Printmaking – Thursdays, starting April 7
New Instructor Josh Zaslow will be teaching Guitar!
Fingerstyle Guitar – Thursdays, starting March 24
Josh Zaslow has taught guitar in the Triangle since 2003. In 2021 he earned a Teaching Artist certification, graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University, and co-founded Bullhorn Arts and Education, a nonprofit organization that amplifies Durham-area music through play, performance, and possibility! Josh’s introduction to music came through his parents' collection of jazz, rock, folk, and other music with international roots. At age 10 he lip-synched to Tone Loc's “Wild Thing” with a cardboard guitar in the school talent show and at 15 knew he wanted to learn real guitar after hearing a friend impersonate Bob Dylan. More than 25 years later, Josh still loves playing, writing, and performing music and is looking forward to sharing this joy with his students!
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!
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 – June 3, 4, & 5. 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
Duke MFA Dance students invite you to participate in this site-specific dance!
Date: Saturday March 19th (Rain Date: Sunday March 20th)
RSVP to participate
"This site, Orchard Park, may be as foreign for you as for me and the newly planted cherry blossom trees."
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.
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!
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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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