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Spring Clay Classes Open for Registration on Monday!
We are excited to announce that renovations are complete and clay classes will resume starting Thursday, April 21! Registration will open at 10am on Monday, April 18. Click here to view the class schedule.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you back in the studio!
From top to bottom: Malcom Goff, Myra Stotesbury
Celebrating Arts Educators at DAC’s April Third Friday Event!
Stop by the DAC for April Third Friday and support the talented arts educators of DPS – April 15, 6-8pm! Durham Public Schools Art Instructor Showcase, DAC’s first exhibit collaboration with the entire school system, is now on view in the Allenton and Semans Galleries of the Durham Arts Council building.
bear it/bare it/bear witness will be opening the same evening in the Durham Art Guild’s Truist Gallery.
Masks are required to enter the Durham Arts Council building. This event is free and open to the public.
From top to bottom: val h h martinez, Lauren C Anderson
The Durham Art Guild presents bear it/bare it/bear witness at Truist Gallery (formerly SunTrust Gallery) from April 15 – June 4, 2022
bear it/bare it/bear witness is a multimedia project that explores reproductive trauma. Through visual, audio and performance art, this body of work speaks to the artists’ lived experiences and healing from abortion, miscarriage, gender-affirming surgery, hormonal pain, illness and violence.
Artists: Cassandra J. Rowe, Alyssa Noble, A.yoni Jeffries, Claire Alexandre, Cori Fordham, Joaquín Carcaño, Kiara Sanders, Tara Ilsley, Victoria Bouloubasis, Ximena Natera
Congratulations to the 2022 Emerging Artists!
Johanna Rose Burwell
Thank you to our review panel!
Geraud Staton, DAC Board Member & Panel Chair
Funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Anika James Foundation, Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and partner arts councils.
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 performer application for CenterFest 2022 is NOW OPEN!
Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, performers of every stripe – we want you to be a part of CenterFest 2022! We are currently accepting applications from performers interested in taking the stage at Durham’s signature arts festival, happening this year September 17 & 18. Submissions will be accepted through Friday June 10; applicants will be notified of status by July 22. There is no fee to apply.
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.
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20th Annual NCCU Jazz Festival
The 20th Annual NCCU Jazz Festival, April 15-17, marks a milestone for the Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University. The festival concept, “Education Beyond the Classroom,” was developed to expose students and the NCCU community to noted jazz musicians of the highest quality.
Bobby Broom w/ the NCCU Jazz Faculty
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 8 P.M., B.N. DUKE AUDITORIUM, TICKETS: $10
Broom, a Chicago-based jazz guitarist, was a teenager performing in a Weldon Irvine musical, when he was first offered the chance to tour with jazz composer and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
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Nnenna Freelon w/ the NCCU Jazz Ensemble
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 8 P.M., B.N. DUKE
AUDITORIUM TICKETS: $15
Known as the “international voice of jazz,” Freelon has released 11 CDs and shared the stage with legendary artists from every genre.
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Christian McBride & Inside Straight
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 8 P.M., B.N. DUKE AUDITORIUM, TICKETS: $20
Called a wunderkind, McBride has been featured on hundreds of albums and received a commission from Jazz at Lincoln Center to compose “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City,” performed by Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
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DPAC For All Returns!
DPAC has reserved select seating starting at $15 + taxes per ticket, exclusively for residents of Durham for most Broadway shows and select special events. DPAC for All tickets are available by calling the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina – Ticket Center at DPAC at 919.680.2787, or by visiting in person at 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701. Please ask for “DPAC for All Seating” to purchase these seats.
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
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
Mentorship Program for Teaching Artists with Disabilities – Apply by April 15th!
Teaching Artists Connect and Arts Access are proud to offer a mentorship program from June 1st – September 30th for teaching artists with disabilities. Participants will observe experienced teaching artists and attend professional development workshops to hone their craft. Teaching artists of all disciplines are welcome and will be compensated for participating. Click here to learn more and apply by April 15th. Contact Megan Bostic with questions at email@example.com.
Discover Durham is Looking for a Multimedia Production Manager!
The North Carolina Botanical Garden seeks entries for the 34th annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit!
Since its inception in 1988, Sculpture in the Garden has united the work of local artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Together, they invite visitors to experience art, the natural world, and the relationship between the two in a new way. Entries due June 24.
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.
Durham Poet Laureate Pilot Program
In May 2021, at the request of City Council, the Durham Cultural Advisory Board (DCAB) received a presentation from local poets regarding creation of a Durham Poet Laureate. Poet Laureate programs are opportunities for jurisdictions or entities to formally recognize poets’ contributions to literary culture and society, while also providing educational opportunities to residents. Communities across North Carolina appoint or support poets laureate, who serve as advocates for the literary arts. In August 2021, after consideration during its June and July monthly meetings, DCAB leadership drafted a letter to recommend appointment of a Durham Poet Laureate. DCAB shared its letter of recommendation with City Council on August 29, 2021. City Council approved the Poet Laureate Pilot Program on October 4, 2021.
The call for poets is April 4 - May 6, 2022.
Town of Chapel Hill Call for Artists
The Town of Chapel Hill has issued a Request for Proposals from local graphic design artists. The project is designing a bus wrap that celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride. The art bus will be unveiled as part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Small Town Pride celebrations this June. The extended deadline for applications is Monday, April 11, 5pm. The project stipend is $2,500.
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.
ArtsCenter in Carrboro Hiring
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro is hiring a Customer Relations Assistant. Full-time position, $30,000 with benefits. Priority deadline for applications in May 1, 2022. Send resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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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How it works:
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4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
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.