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Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
October is National Arts and Humanities Month. Here are some ideas for celebrating in Durham!
Attend Third Friday Durham on Friday October 21st from 6-9 PM - See below for information about Third Friday events at the Durham Art Council.
Support a local arts event - Go with your family or a friend to a sculpture garden, an outdoor concert, or the reopening of a local community theater production. Check out upcoming events at places like the Carolina Theatre, Mallarme Chamber Players, and/or the Bulldog Ensemble Theatre.
Try something new and take a class in creative writing, dance, painting, or whatever strikes your fancy. Take arts classes in you community, like the Durham Arts Council, Empower Dance Studio, or the Hayti Heritage Center.
Enjoy the arts virtually, on your own, or with people you love. Play with clay, draw, and make music with your kids at home. Watch a documentary on a favorite artist or visit a digital exhibition online. Sing, dance, read a book, or “paint and sip” with small groups of friends. And many arts activities are still easy to do “together” over virtual platforms like Zoom or party apps!
Write to your local elected officials, letting them how important arts and arts education funding is to you, your family and your community. Use our Arts Action Center to easily find your representatives and send them a message.
Third Friday Durham at Durham Art Council
Photography is the word of the day for Third Friday Durham at the DAC this October! On Friday, October 21, 6-8 PM, join us for the opening receptions of two new photography exhibits, held in in conjunction with Click! Photography Festival.
Cindy Waszak Geary received a 2020 Emerging Artists grant from the Durham Arts Council, which supported the creation of work in Landscapes of Ancestral Migration, now on view in DAC’s Allenton Gallery. Cindy traveled to and photographed the landscapes of her ancestors in the Netherlands, Germany, and England, as well as Virginia, Iowa, New York, and North Carolina. With this work, she creates time-shifting experiences – printing landscape images on fabric to give them the emotional resonances of memory, sometimes merging vintage ancestor portraits in multiple physical layers. Image fragments and unfinished edges suggest the piecemeal and dreamlike quality of memory.
Will Harlan Campbell's exhibit Silver Harvest: A History of Now (appearing in DAC's Semans Gallery), was made possible through a Click! grant (funded by the NEA and South Arts). Harlan used the legacy processes of Wet and Dry plate photography to create a “portrait of Durham.” The project includes tintype portraits of Durham residents in our vibrant city center, as well as archaeologically minded landscapes of peripheral and liminal spaces in Durham’s less-explored outskirts using the gelatin dry plate process. The dichotomous subject matter seeks to visually connect the dots between Durham’s past, present, and future, grounded by the present moment.
In addition to these openings, the Durham Art Guild will unveil their 68th Annual Juried Exhibition in the first floor Truist Gallery. And don't miss the music of David Lewis, 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.
DAC Welcomes our new Assistant Manager of Education!
Katie Starr (she/her) is passionate about art-based education with youth that centers social justice, civic engagement and identity development. She is constantly inspired by the imagination and creativity of kids. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the social determinants of health and childhood development. After graduation, Katie was selected to be part of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a leadership development program that provides organizing and advocacy training within social justice movements. She moved to Durham in 2020 and is grateful to be part of various organizations and community organizing efforts focused on youth development, education justice, arts education, and environmental justice. Throughout her life, Katie is committed to working in community to dismantle oppressive systems and co-create spaces of care, joy, creativity, and connection to the Earth.
Want to connect with Katie? Reach out to her at email@example.com!
Adult Visual Arts Classes starting this Month
Intro to Painting PM, Tuesdays, starting Oct 25
Intro to Calligraphy, Saturday, Oct 22
Woven Jack Pumpkins, Sunday, Oct 23
Painting Gone Wild, Mondays, starting Oct 24
Digital Photo, Tuesdays, starting Oct 25
Don't Forget Teacher Workdays are Coming Up!
Register for Camp Today!
These camps are designed for students’ ages 5 to 12 years old and accommodate year-round and traditional school breaks. Students participate in both visual and performing arts activities that are inspired by the camp theme. Each week has different activities so campers can participate in multiple weeks. Camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM. Drop-off begins at 8 AM. *DAC provides a prepackaged snack, but campers must bring their own lunch.
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Movement and Photography Wokeshop
Interested in moving your body and exploring digital photography? Blackspace is
partnering with Northstar & People's Solidarity Hub to offer a FREE movement and
photography WokeShop for all ages 16+ with choreographer @jumatatupoe. Sign up
at: www.theblackspace.org — this will be a Black, queer and trans-affirming space!
Arts Opportunities + Artist Calls
Author Assistant Position
Khalisa Rae, award-winning poet, educator, and journalist based in Durham, is hiring an Author Assistant!
Managing schedules and arranging meetings
- Assisting in submitting pitches to a variety of media outlets
- Organizing author events and gatherings
- Supporting outreach activities
- Other duties as assigned
If interested, send a resume, cover letter, &, writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
Capacity Building for Local Artists Survey
This survey will help the City of Durham's resident advisory board, the Public Art Committee, identify training and resources to help local and Triangle artists successfully apply for future public art commissions. Any artists working in public art or interested in public art are encouraged to complete the survey.
To take the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PACArtistSurvey
To take the survey in Spanish, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RS7NFBR
Responses to the survey should be submitted by Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
ADF Urgently Seeking Volunteers & Work/Study
Click here for more information.
Click Photography Festival:
“Great Photographs … or, at least, some really good ones” Keynote talk with W. M. Hunt
Sunday October 23rd, 4pm
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.
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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