It’s back-to-school season and now is the time to book a CAPS program! Our professional performing and visual artists are available to provide residencies, performances, and workshops for all learning centers for children of all ages and adult seniors. Start the schoolyear off right with CAPS Programs to compliment all learning goals with the arts!
The Emerging Artists Program is funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Anika James Foundation, the Durham Arts Council and partner county arts councils
On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives began floor consideration of the FY23 Interior Appropriations bill, which specifically includes annual funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), among other cultural agencies such as the Smithsonian Institution. The bill will then proceed to the Senate, after House consideration. The current bill allocates an all-time high funding level of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH. Unfortunately, we are expecting some weakening amendments to be offered by Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) that would drastically cut this funding to the NEA, NEH, by more than 25%, as well as cut Smithsonian funding by over $300 million.
As important grassroots constituents, we need your help to send a message to your Representatives today to support full funding for the NEA and NEH at $207 million each, as recommended by the House Appropriations Committee. Please also urge them to vote NO on any weakening amendments, like the ones being introduced by Rep. Grothman, that would drastically reduce the budgets of our nation’s federal cultural agencies, who distribute critical funds to every state and community across the country. You will also be able to direct a message to your Senators to support the House recommended level for increased funding for the NEA and NEH.
CenterFest Arts Festivalis 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.
You may volunteer for as many shifts as you like. Shifts are typically 2-2.5 hours. Questions? Contact Susan email@example.com.
Applications for Artist Support Grants are now open!
Links to applications and grant guidelines can be found on theDAC website.
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.
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.
The plan for the Durham Rail Trailis ramping up and Museum of Durham History wants to hear from you! With the museum site as the planned trailhead, they are asking fans and friends to share with community leaders & project planners why it is important to integrate the museum into the design of the trail.
Just Released! Tapestry Artist Silvia Heyden's Final Book
“Movement In Tapestry,” Silvia Heyden’s final book, with 500 images of the 800 tapestries she wove, has just been released. The 212 large-format (11” x 11 1/2”) pages include 200 of her drawings, many of which are displayed for the first time, paired with the relevant tapestries to illustrate part of her design process. The book is available from her son, Dan Heyden by mailing a check in the amount of $76.- (which includes shipping within the US) and the address to which you want the book shipped to the following address:
"Movement in Tapestry has already been greeted with enthusiasm, see this review.
DAC is thrilled to help promote this final book of Silvia Heyden’s work.
In 2014, DAC curated and hosted a landmark, two-month exhibit of the work of Silvia Heyden and Edith London in the SunTrust Gallery of the Durham Arts Council. This amazing exhibition, Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again, marked the first time since 1993 that an exhibit had featured the work of the two artists together.
“Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1927, Heyden was well known and respected in the network of tapestry weavers across the US. Her tapestries hang on the walls of collectors and institutions throughout the world, yet few have had an opportunity to witness the physical intimacy between Silvia and her loom.
Heyden died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2, 2015 at age 88 and continued to weave each day at her loom up until her death. After producing more than 800 tapestries, she was always passionate about sharing her philosophy and approach to her creative process and passing on this knowledge to the next generation of tapestry weavers.” (excerpt from Kenny Dalsheimer’s website regarding his documentary film “A Weaverly Path” regarding Sylvia’s work and life).
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Hayti Heritage Center
The Jambalaya Soul Poetry SlamTeam under the leadership of educator, community activist and author Dasan Ahanu performs every third Saturday each month at Hayti.
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
The Durham Medical Orchestra is now welcoming virtual audition submissions for Fall 2022. Please submit a two- to four-minute unedited video recording that demonstrates your musicianship to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 19.
If the file is too large to send via email, upload it to a service such as DropBox, Google Drive, YouTube, etc., and share a link. Include a brief introduction in the video or in the email, highlighting your professional and your musical background.
If you have any questions about auditions, please contact our Artistic Director, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, at email@example.com.
Job opening: DAC Director of Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools (CAPS)
Deadline for Submissions via Submittable is Monday, August 8, 2022 by 3:00 p.m. EST.
The City of Durham is seeking proposals from qualified entities to support virtual and/or in-person events for FY22/23 year for new or existing cultural and arts festivals and special events occurring between July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.
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.
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.
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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How it works: 1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features 3. Select "Durham Arts Council Inc" as your charity 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
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.
Free Rapid COVID-19 Home Test Kits
Beginning Wednesday January 19th, you can order FREE rapid COVID-19 home test kits. A total of four test kits can be ordered per household. Go towww.covidtests.govor click the button below.