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Arts News + Exhibits
Last Call to Submit Exhibit Proposals for our 2022-2023 Gallery Season!
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.
Durham Arts Council Makes it to Indy Week's Best of the Triangle 2022 Final Round!
Vote for CenterFest as Best Community Event in the Out and About category and DAC as Best Event/Party/Wedding Space in Durham County in the Services category here.
Voting ends May 8th.
Thank you to everyone who nominated Durham Arts Council!
The Durham Art Guild presents bear it/bare it/bear witness at Truist Gallery (formerly SunTrust Gallery) from April 15 – June 4, 2022
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.
CenterFest Food Vendor Application NOW OPEN!
From food trucks to Temporary Food Establishments (TFEs) to smoothie carts, we are looking for vendors to feed our festival-goers! The Food Vendor application for CenterFest 2022 is now open! Apply here to participate in Durham’s signature arts festival, happening this year September 17-18. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2022.
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 Education News
Sign Up For Our Final Spring Workshops!
Earring Trio (Ages 14 + up) - Saturday May 7
Mosaics (Ages 16 + up) - May 14 and 15
Registration for Summer Classes Open May 6!
Apply to be a CAPS Artist!
If you or an artist you know enjoys presenting their art in a school and community setting, apply to be a CAPS Artist! Our passionate CAPS Artists serve schools and community organizations throughout Durham, Granville, Person, Orange, and Catham counties through residencies, workshops, and performances.
Learn more about being a CAPS Artist and access the application here! Contact CAPS Director Aubrey Wellfare with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's on at PSI Theatre
Friday April 29th at 6pm: "Pathways": Join Brian J. Cano (Paranormal Caught on Camera, Haunted Collector) and Dustin Pari (Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International) for a two-hour interactive experience which is part show, part experiment!
Saturday April 30th at 7pm: Solo Cantar: A Celebration of Life through Story and Song: This show is brought to you by co-producers Brevan Hampden and Le’Andra McPhatter, working with Durham musicians such as Ally J, event producer and super siren from L.A. Jyvonne Haskin, along with LeLaina Romero, Mykal Slack, and an incredible band. Funds raised will support the ALS Association, North Carolina Chapter.
Saturday May 21st, 2022: Laasya School of Dance and Music
Please note that DAC does not provide box office services. If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact the organizers. If a website is not included with show listing none was provided.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
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
DAC is looking for experienced models for figure drawing classes. Please contact Janet Bell, email@example.com, if interested.
Liberty Arts is looking for craft vendors for Saturday, May 21!
Craft vendor spaces 10x 10 ($40) and 6ft ($25) table options.
Artsplosure is hiring for a new Executive Director!
Click here to learn more about the opportunity and how to apply!
The Museum of Durham History is looking to fill the role of Director of Education Programs and Exhibits
The job posting can be found on their blog, and LinkedIn.
Empower Dance Studio is growing and looking for qualified instructors to add to our team! Ideally, the perfect candidate has a deep love, appreciation, and knowledge about dance and desire to teach children. Interested candidates can apply online.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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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