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Join Us Tomorrow Night for Third Friday!
August’s Third Friday arts night is happening THIS FRIDAY 6-8pm at the DAC! Catch two DAC exhibits before they close, see a new show from the Durham Art Guild, and take in a busker performer in the DAC sculpture garden!
Sampada Kodagali Agarwal presents Nature, A Teacher – Celebrating Indigenous Art from India in DAC’s Allenton Gallery, on view through 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 through September 8.
Additionally, in the first-floor Truist Gallery, the Durham Art Guild presents They Can Be Both, featuring works by Kelly Sheppard Murray, Natalia Torres del Valle and Jean Gray Mohs. Meet the artists at this opening reception! Don’t miss the music of Allie Capo, who will be performing in the DAC sculpture garden during the reception. Masks are required to enter the Durham Arts Council building. This event is free and open to the public. See you at the DAC for August Third Friday!
Emerging Artists Grants Applications Are Open
Emerging Artist Grants provide career development support for artists in all art forms living in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville and Person Counties, NC, for at least one year.
Applications will open August 1 and are due September 30, 2022.
A Zoom information session is scheduled for September 7, 2022 at 6 PM.
For detailed information and application links visit the DAC website.
For questions and to get information session links, email Margaret DeMott: email@example.com.
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
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.
Applications for Artist Support Grants due August 19!
Links to applications and grant guidelines can be found on the DAC 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.
For more information or for an information session link, email Margaret DeMott at email@example.com.
Caregiver/Child Clay Workshops are Back!
After a long hiatus we are bringing back clay workshops this fall.
Registration opens Tomorrow!
These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. Take one or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up 2-3 weeks after the workshop. All materials included.
Fall Gourds – October 3
Holiday Ornaments – November 7
Book a CAPS Program for Arts-Integrated Learning!
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!
Visit durhamarts.org/dac-caps to learn more and contact Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools + Community (CAPS) Director Aubrey Wellfare at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-560-2718.
Free Dance Performance for Schools September 16th!
Gaspard & Dancers, with the generous support from the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, is presenting a free matinee performance of their new work Sodo/Waterfall for Durham-area schools in Page Auditorium at Duke University September 16th from 12:00PM – 1:00PM.
RSVP TO RESERVE TICKETS FOR YOUR SCHOOL: School administrators must complete an RSVP with approximate student/chaperone attendance here. Tickets are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Contact Aubrey Wellfare at email@example.com or 919-560-2718.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
SDF Roundtable – Fundraising for Your Documentary with Filmmaker Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Aug 31, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
Are you in need of funding for your documentary and wondering where to find money to make and/or finish your film? Documentary filmmaker Sabrina Schmidt Gordon will dive into the many ways that you can fund your project. This interactive mentorship roundtable will include brief case studies and opportunities to ask questions.
Take the Durham Trail Survey
The plan for the Durham Rail Trail is 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.
Take the Survey Here
Check out these upcoming events by DAC grant recipients!
Hayti Heritage Center
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
2023 Piedmont Laureate Application: Poetry
The Application for the 2023 Piedmont Laureate is now open.
Applications will be accepted until September 9 from poets resident in Durham, Orange or Wake Counties. An Information Session will be held August 30 at 7 PM.
Sign up here if you are interested in attending!
More details and application link.
Casting Opportunity for Triangle Area Voice Actors through North Carolina 4-H
North Carolina 4-H is seeking a diverse group of local non-Union voice talent (youth and adults) for a 9-episode web-based animated series designed to teach middle schoolers and their caregivers about healthy relationships, positive communication skills, and substance misuse prevention.
Local talent will receive meals, credit, and a copy of the final cut.
Callbacks, if needed, will be scheduled during September 4-7 and held via Zoom or another virtual platform.
Filming will be September 15-16 on campus at North Carolina State University.
The complete call, including character breakdowns and application details, is available here.
Research Equity and Diversity Initiative (READI) at Duke Research Looking For Mural Proposals
Deadline for applications: September 30, 2022
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Monday August 22nd 7pm
The Kenan Institute of Ethics presents:
Ethics of Now
Sunday August 28th 4:30pm
A Bengali Drama
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.
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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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 to www.covidtests.gov or click the button below.