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Arts News + Exhibits
Apply to be a CenterFest Arts Festival Exhibitor!
The visual artist application for CenterFest 2022 is NOW OPEN. All artists who wish to participate in CenterFest 2022 must submit this online application with images and application fee, even if they have been juried into CenterFest in past years. Normally, returning artists are rejuried every three years; artists who have been juried into CenterFest in the previous two years would be exempt from the jury process. For 2022, all applicants will be juried, as we have not had an in-person festival since before the pandemic (the last one was held in September of 2019).
The deadline to apply is May 15, 2022.
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.
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.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Durham Art Guild's Swing into Spring Online Auction and Virtual Fundraiser - March 25 at 7pm - April 5 at 7pm
The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are coming out to play, and it is time to join the Durham Art Guild for SWING INTO SPRING – an exciting arts celebration and online auction featuring 92 fabulous artwork donations from local artists and 20 amazing packages/experiences uplifting local businesses.
Cultivate, celebrate, and elevate Durham’s continuously blooming art scene as we Swing into Spring and welcome a fresh season of the arts in Durham (and the Triangle region)! In 2021 we exceeded our fundraising goal and set several exciting event records – NOW IT IS ON FOR 2022! All proceeds from Swing into Spring support the creative enrichment programs and operations of the Durham Art Guild.
"Cheers to the ARTS!" - An Evening of Creative Cocktails (or mocktails) - March 30 from 7:00-8:30pm
Join the Durham Art Guild for an entertaining and engaging virtual cocktail-making session (or mocktail-making session) as part of our 2022 Swing into Spring festivities!
Monday, April 11, 2022
Play 7 p.m.
Talkback 8 p.m.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
Register at TheFireofFreedom.eventbrite.com
Join us for a one-man show by award-winning actor and playwright Mike Wiley, Artist in Residence at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
Admission is free, but please register for tickets.
Per the City of Durham and the Carolina Theatre's health and safety policy, masks are recommended to be worn while inside the theatre but are no longer required. By reserving event tickets, you are acknowledging that health or safety requirements are subject to change and may be different by the time of your event.
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
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.
DAC Education News
New Spring Camp Date Added!
Register now for Art + Story camp on May 17th.
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.
Above: DAC Literary Arts
Left: Watercolor Study by Mark Iwinski
Above: Encaustic by Holly Phelan
Spring Classes Starting Next Week!
Intro to Paint (Ages 16 + up) - starting Monday, March 28
Writing Poetry (Ages 16 + up) - starting Wednesday, March 30
Guided Painting (Ages 16 + up) - starting Thursday, March 31
Graphic Design (Ages 16 + up) - starting Thursday, March 31
Watercolor and the Figure (Ages 16 + up) - starting Thursday, March 31
Creative Movement (Ages 5-7) - starting Saturday, April 2
Creative Movement (Ages 8-10) - starting Saturday, April 2
Encaustic (Ages 18 & up) - starting Sunday, April 3
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!
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
What should we do with Foster Street?
Keep Durham Beautiful is working with an intern to assess a City-owned space on Foster Street park. Please take a moment to share your thoughts about the Foster Street project, here.
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 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!
DAC Facility + Rental
Masks Required at Durham Arts Council
Although Durham has lifted the indoor mask requirement, masks are still required at Durham Arts Council facilities.
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!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rental information and availability.
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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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The Arts are involved COVID-19 research. Read more HERE.
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