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Volunteer at CenterFest!
CenterFest Arts Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, and we need VOLUNTEERS! CenterFest is only possible because of the 250+ volunteers who donate their time and talents to keep the festival running smoothly. Volunteers can sign up to greet festival-goers at the gate, sell sodas, assist the visual artists with their booths, and more.
Sign up for a shift(s) at this link. Thank you in advance for volunteering and supporting Durham’s local art scene!
You may volunteer for as many shifts as you like. Shifts are typically 2-2.5 hours. Questions? Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date for July Third Friday at the DAC!
Beat the heat at the Durham Arts Council for July’s Third Friday arts night! New exhibits and a guided music meditation are featured at this month’s event, happening next Friday, July 15, from 6-8pm.
Sampada Kodagali Agarwal presents Nature, A Teacher – Celebrating Indigenous Art from India in DAC’s Allenton Gallery, on view July 15 – September 8. This exhibit highlights two styles, both rooted in and inspired by nature, yet as different as they can be. Warli art is a tribal art that hails from the state of Maharashtra in India, that is monochromatic and minimalistic, yet highly expressive. Mithila art, also known as Madhubani, or ‘forest of honey’, is a folk-art style that has been practiced in, and around the state of Bihar in India and parts of Nepal.
José Manuel Cruz’s Black and White in Technicolor! (Can you see all the colors?) invites viewers to push beyond the simplicity of black and white thinking, and visualize the spectrum of complexity and color of the people around us. Cruz’s paintings will be on exhibit in the Semans Gallery of the Durham Arts Council from July 15 – September 8.
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 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 for July Third Friday!
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.
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:
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
Food Vendor - deadline to apply is July 15, 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.
Book a CAPS Program for Summer Fun!
Liven up the summer with a CAPS program! CAPS Artists are available to provide arts integration and arts education residencies, performances, and workshops for summer camps and summer learning programs for children K-12 and adult seniors. CAPS Artists range from musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and actors to visual artists of all kinds bring excitement to all settings.
Visit durhamarts.org/dac-caps to learn more and contact CAPS Director Aubrey Wellfare at email@example.com or call 919-560-2718.
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.
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!
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
Click! Plein Air Exhibition Call For Entries
Deadline for Entries: August 21, 2022
Artists are encouraged to submit up to 5 images. The selected works will be exhibited in an outdoor exhibition in the NCMA sculpture park for all of October during the Click! Photography Festival and at various projection events throughout the festival. The Exhibition will run from October 1 through October 31 with an opening event at NCMA on October 9th to coincide with their Monster Drawing event. Enter here.
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.
Durham County Open Call for Artists
The Durham County Public Art Program has issued a RFQ inviting artists or artist teams to submit Qualifications for the design and installation of public artwork in, on, or around several Durham County Buildings. This is a rolling call for multiple projects at various locations, and multiple artists and artist teams will be commissioned.
Artists of all types and levels of experience are encouraged to apply, and community references will be accepted.
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.
Check out the most recent blog post by our 2022 Piedmont Laureate, Heather Bell Adams!
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!
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.
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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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