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Last Call for CenterFest Visual Artist Applications!
The visual artist application for CenterFest 2022 is open for just a few more days. 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.
Mark your calendar for May 20th Third Friday at the DAC!
Our House is full to the brim with art! The Durham Arts Council School is in the spotlight for May Third Friday at the DAC, as we present Our House, an annual exhibition of student and instructor visual artwork. Join us on Friday, May 20 from 6-8pm for the opening reception. Our House showcases our vibrant community arts education program; the Durham Arts Council School provides 700+ courses each year to more than 4,000 adults, teens and children in drawing and painting, dance, clay, theatre, photography, digital arts, writing, fiber arts and more. The visual art in Our House reflects the hard work and creativity of our students, and the professionalism and expertise of our instructors. Our House is on view in the Allenton (first floor) and Semans (second floor) Galleries. The exhibit will be on view May 20 – July 7, 2022.
Also happening at our Third Friday event: Karen Novy, a DAC teaching artist, will be on hand to facilitate group vocal work, including resonant toning, creating song layers together, and guiding “sound healing with your voice” exercises. An adventurous attitude is welcome, and all voices are encouraged to join in. Several of these presentations will run cyclically from 6:30pm-7:45pm, and people can rotate in and out at any time. This experience will take place in the (outdoor) DAC sculpture garden.
Additionally, in the first-floor Truist Gallery, the Durham Art Guild presents bear it/bare it/bear witness, 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.
See you at the DAC this Third Friday!
Applications for DAC Season and Catalysts Grants open May 9!
Durham Arts Council’s 2023 Season Grants and Durham Arts Catalyst Grants support arts activities produced by Durham nonprofits between July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023. Applicants may request cash and/or use of space in the DAC Building. New applicants to both programs must communicate with the Director of Artist Services before submitting their application.
These grant programs are supported by contributions to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. For FY23 and FY24 the programs will include additional support from ARPA funds designated by the State of North Carolina. Durham nonprofit arts organizations are encouraged to apply for support that will allow them to increase or rebuild capacity and infrastructure.
Applications will open by May 9 are due July 8, 2022. Links to the online application can be found on the DAC website. Zoom information sessions will be held on May 12 (Season Grants) and May 19 (Durham Arts Catalyst) at 6 pm. To get an information session link email Margaret DeMott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SunTrust Gallery is Now the Truist Gallery!
Durham Arts Council and Durham Art Guild are pleased to share that the SunTrust Gallery has been renamed to Truist Gallery. The gallery was originally named CCB Gallery in 1988, reflecting Central Carolina Bank’s leadership role in making a lead capital campaign gift of $100,000 to the Durham Arts Council's $5.3 million campaign to renovate the former City Hall building at 120 Morris St. into the beautiful, professional quality arts center showcase that it is today. The renovated Durham Arts Council building and its CCB Gallery were opened in 1988. The gallery was renamed SunTrust Gallery in 2009 when CCB was acquired. SunTrust Bank and BB&T Bank have now merged to become Truist Bank. Truist is the sixth largest U.S. commercial bank, serving approximately 10 million consumer households and a full range of business clients, with leading market share in many of the most attractive, high-growth markets in the country. Truist is committed to building and sustaining its communities and has goals for lending to LMI borrowers and small businesses, as well as affordable housing development and community revitalization; support of nonprofits; and participation in a variety of service and outreach programs.
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
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.
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.
Register for Summer Cultural Camps!
Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Each one or two-week session is a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a country. Each session culminates in a camp exhibition and performance on the last Friday. For rising kindergarteners through age 13.
June 13-24 (2 weeks) – Session A – Venezuela
June 27 – July 1 (1 week) – Session B – Ukraine
July 11-22 (2 weeks) – Session C – Mozambique
July 25- August 5 (2 weeks) Session D – Indonesia
Summer Camp Volunteers Needed
Each summer DAC provides teen volunteers, ages 14-17, the opportunity to assist camp instructors and help kids with drawing, painting, dance, theater, chorus, clay, mixed media and more!
Apply to be a CAPS Artist! Info Session May 20th
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.
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
A space is available at Cecy's Gallery and Studios that can be used for a pop up for 1-3 months at $700 a month. It's about 9' by 15' so a couple of people could share. A longer term arrangement is also an option. The previous tenant used the space as both a studio and a gallery. Cecy's is also looking for artists who may want to be considered for their quarterly exhibits. Interested? email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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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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.
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