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DAC Education News
Creative Movement (Ages 5-7) - starting June 11
Creative Movement (Ages 8-10) - starting June 11
Hand-Building (Ages 16+) - starting June 13
Hand-Building (Ages 16+) - starting June 14
Introduction to Graphic Design (Ages 16+) - starting June 15
Digital Photography (Ages 14+) - starting June 15
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.
Pline Mounzeo leads drumming activity at Bimbé Festival
CAPS Artists Around Town
Durham Arts Council CAPS Artists had a blast supporting Durham’s historic Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival on May 21st! Adults and children of all ages showed off their crafting skills making necklaces and clay pots and learned drumming rhythms from Congolese musician and CAPS Artist Pline Mounzeo. Congratulations to City of Durham and Durham Parks & Recreation on a fabulous festival!
If you would like a CAPS Artist to support your organization’s summer programming, contact CAPS Director Aubrey Wellfare at email@example.com!
Register for Summer Teen Intensives!
Teen intensives are designed for middle/high school teens (ages 13-17) unless otherwise noted that have some experience with art and want to learn more about a specific media in depth. Each intensive focuses on a particular artistic area, allowing for teens to develop work that can be included in their portfolio. Intensives are 1 week long and run for 3.5 hours each day.
Reading and Writing Short Stories
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts News + Exhibits
Applications for DAC Season and Catalysts Grants are open!
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 open May 9 are due July 8, 2022. Links to the online application and to the information session recordings can be found on the DAC website.
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.
What's on at PSI Theatre
Saturday June 4th - Carolina Dance Academy Recital
Sunday June 5th - Encore Academy of Dance Recital
Sunday June 12th - Bengali Drama Stage Play
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!
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.
Durham City/County is seeking input on its draft policies for Durham’s new Comprehensive Plan! The Comprehensive Planning team worked with groups of residents and staff, called Policy Working Groups, to develop draft policy recommendations for the plan over the last several months and have prepared those drafts for community engagement. The engagement period has just started and runs until the end of June.
Please check out the draft policies and share your ideas to make them better through a survey on the website:
SPECIAL ARTS ALERT: If you love the arts, be sure to comment on what you would like to see in our community for arts experiences, venues, support, and arts events. Let’s be sure the Arts remain a vital part of our shared community in years ahead!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
COVID cases are on the rise again in our community – please stay safe and healthy!
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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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