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Arts News + Exhibits
June Third Friday Event is TOMORROW!
Our House is full to the brim with art! The Durham Arts Council School is in the spotlight for June Third Friday at the DAC, as we present Our House, an annual exhibition of student and instructor visual artwork. Join us on Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm for the opening reception. This event is the RESCHEDULED opening reception originally planned for May Third Friday. 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, through July 7, 2022.
Also happening at our Third Friday event: musician and DAC instructor Josh Zaslow will be performing in our Pavilion lobby. Josh draws on the vast well of America's pop, rock, blues, folk, and jazz music to form the basis of his improvisational guitar playing. His performance is sponsored in part by Bullhorn Arts and Education. Catch more live music just outside our doors, as jazz duo David Lewis (guitar) & Michael Markowicz (keys) will be performing in the DAC terrace area.
Additionally, in the first-floor Truist Gallery, the Durham Art Guild presents Where We Reside, featuring works by Amber Mooers, Yve Holtzclaw, and Lady Summer. With this work, the artists seek to understand home through representation, abstraction, and distortion. The exhibit will be on view through August 6.
See you at the DAC on Friday, June 17!
Applications for Artist Support Grants are now open!
Links to applications and grant guidelines can be found on the DAC website. Zoom information sessions will be offered at 6 pm on June 23, July 13 and August 2.
Eligible applicants have lived in Durham, Orange, Alamance or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year. See application for additional eligibility requirements. Applications are due August 19, 2022.
This grant program is funded by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The administration of the program is supported by Durham Arts Council and Partner Counties.
For more information or for an information session link, email Margaret DeMott at email@example.com.
THANK YOU for supporting the Arts!!!
Thank you Messer Construction Co. for your generous contribution to the Durham Arts Council! Messer Construction conducts an Arts Campaign and matches 50 cents of every dollar donated by its employees. We are incredibly grateful for your dedication to arts and culture in Durham!
Pictured left to right: Susan Tierney, DAC Artist Services Manager, Colleen Todd - Messer Construction team member, Mike Schneider – Senior Project Executive, Messer Construction, Marilee Utt – Messer Construction Administrative Services Associate, and Aubrey Wellfare – DAC CAPS Director.
If YOU would like to support DAC and the arts in Durham, please join hundreds of individual, corporate and foundation donors by making a donation to DAC! Your gift will help support arts programming and arts experiences and hundreds of artists and arts organizations in Durham.
CenterFest Food Vendor Application!
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.
Other CenterFest opportunities:
Several applications to participate in CenterFest 2022 are currently open:
Food Vendor - deadline to apply is July 15, 2022
Nonprofit Booth - deadline to apply is July 8, 2022
Government Services Booth - deadline to apply is July 8, 2022
Political Booth - deadline to apply is July 8, 2022
Apply today for the chance to be a part of Durham’s signature arts festival, happening this year September 17-18!
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 and are due July 8, 2022. Links to the online application and to the information session recordings can be found on the DAC website.
DAC Education News
DAC Summer Arts 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.
These camps are designed for students’ ages 5 to 13 years old and offer flexible schedule to accommodate year-round and traditional school breaks. Students will be divided into age-appropriate groups and participate in both visual and performing arts activities that are inspired by a theme. Each week of camp will have different activities so campers can participate in one or more weeks.
Apply to be a CAPS Artist! Deadline June 24
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 here! Contact CAPS Director Aubrey Wellfare with questions at email@example.com. Deadline to apply is June 24, 2022.
What's on at PSI Theatre
Saturday July 2nd, 2022; 3pm + 6pm
Reach for the Stars Dance Recital
Saturday July 9th, 2022; 1pm + 5pm
July 13th - 17th, 2022; Various times
From Switchyard Theatre Company
Rescheduling: Date TBD
In Association with Project Uplift
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
This collection of images are the result of photographic expeditions to the central Persian Gulf coasts and islands, undertaken from August through December, 2021.
Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The gallery follows all health protocols, and complimentary masks are available at the door.
Accidental Traveller is on display through Saturday, June 25th.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website: https://theartisanmarketat305.com
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
DurhamArts Council/Durham Art Guild – Third Friday – OUR HOUSE Exhibit: DAC Instructors and Students; DAG Where We Reside – 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
Nasher Museum of Art Seeking Part-Time Gallery Guides
Applicants can learn more about the position and apply through Duke Careers by clicking here. Deadline to apply is July 15,2022.
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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