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Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Registration for Summer Classes Opens Tomorrow!
Please note: All registration will now be on a first-come-first-served basis, which means that online registration will be the quickest method to reserve your space.
Apply to be a CAPS Artist! Info Session May 6th
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 register for info session here! Contact CAPS Director Aubrey Wellfare with questions at email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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
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.
DAC is looking for experienced models for figure drawing classes. Please contact Janet Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.
Liberty Arts is looking for craft vendors for Saturday, May 21!
Craft vendor spaces 10x 10 ($40) and 6ft ($25) table options.
To apply, email email@example.com and include:
*4 photos of your work and 1 booth shot
*social media name
*short description of your work that may be used for promotion
Artsplosure is hiring for a new Executive Director!
Click here to learn more about the opportunity and how to apply!
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.
Building a Powerful Story
5/23 at 6pm virtual
Join Piedmont Laureate Heather Bell Adams and author Amy Willoughby-Burle for a virtual workshop on how to craft a page-turner, including tips on character development and story structure.
You can sign up here: https://piedmontlaureate.org/contact/
Check out the most recent blog post by our 2022 Piedmont Laureate, Heather Bell Adams!
Our Contact Information
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.
You Shop. They Give.
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Durham Arts Council Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Durham Arts Council Inc" as your charity
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.