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DAC Education News
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Arts News + Exhibits
Applications for DAC Season and Catalysts Grants are open!
Durham Arts Council’s 2023 Season Grants and Durham Arts Catalyst Grants will support general operations and arts activities of Durham arts and cultural 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, Margaret DeMott firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
The Artisan Market at 305 5-Year Anniversary!
Artist Demos, band in the plaza, & more!
June 17-18, 2022 (Downtown Durham, NC)
The Artisan Market at 305 in downtown Durham is celebrating its 5-year anniversary and we want you to join us! We are still growing with over 59 of your favorite local artists and so many unique handmade gifts and pieces of art. Your support and appreciation of our artists is what makes us tick and we want to thank you!
Join us during store hours over the weekend for artist demos and classes! Visit the Durham Sculpture Studio in the back which will be open during our special anniversary weekend.
**Friday: 6:30-8:30 One Tribe in the CCB Plaza across from the store! Karen, store owner, will join this Interactive drum performance and community drum event. Free
**Friday 6-9pm in the store:
Meet Jennifer Evarts from The Living Soaperie and learn about natural soap colors and ingredients and enjoy an interactive handwashing station!
Macrame is back and Karen Penney of Sugar Mountain Macrame will be showing you the ropes during her free demo.
Cheryl Foiles Designs will unveil new designs in copper and enamel.
**Saturday: 2:30- 4:30 Make and Take Your Own Unique Macrame Plant Hanger! Basic Instructions and Materials Included. Engage your inner hippie and join us for some fun and creativity! Limited to the first 5 people that arrive, call or email to attend.
Karen, the owner commented: “Another inspiring year with our artists rising to the occasion and customers so appreciating all that the artists bring to the table. Bringing some joy and art into people’s lives uplifts everyone. It is just pure happiness to be in the store.”
The Artisan Market at 305 is a curated gift shop featuring the work of over 50 local artists! Our wide selection includes handmade jewelry, pottery, textiles, glasswork, home décor, fine art, children’s gifts as well as Durham T-shirts, hats and handmade ornaments. Enjoy the art and support the local community by stopping in for a visit! We love showing off Durham!
You can always shop online at https://artisanmarket305.com and sign up for our newsletter featuring new artists and updated store offerings. Feel free to reach out at email@example.com or through our website: https://theartisanmarketat305.com
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2022 Bull City Summit Micro Artist Grants!
Kevin Joshua Rowsey II
Durham Arts Council is excited to partner with Bull City Summit and Love Tito’s to Implement this new artist support program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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