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DAC Partner + Grantee News
Spoken Word Artist Dasan Ahanu Selected as
2023 Piedmont Laureate
Durham-based spoken word artist/poet, Dasan Ahanu, has been selected as the region's 2023 Piedmont Laureate. During 2023, Ahanu will appear at virtual and in-person programs, including workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Wake and Orange counties.
A schedule of the Laureate’s 2023 activities will be posted on the sponsoring agency websites and on the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.org. Read the full press release here.
“Dasan makes the language of poetics accessible through his discussions of craft and the power of story that crosses both imagined and real boundaries inside our culture,” says Jaki Shelton Greene, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and Inaugural Piedmont Laureate. “His presentations, leadership, and programming require not only scholarship, but a necessary candor, delivered with delicacy, that he engineers without compromising the integrity of the subject matter. He is a poet’s poet who embodies a deep appreciation for collaborations and shared collective passions for the domain of poetry.”
Pre-Register HERE for the Martin Luther King Day of Service Challenge.
Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools (CAPS) Highlights
During a 2-day residency, CAPS Artist Megan Oteri of Brick Scholars shares the joys of science while building with Legos with 5th grade students at Sandy Ridge Elementary School.
CAPS Artist Laurece West, teaches concepts on Hand-Eye coordination to students of
the DPS EL Academy just before Winter Break.
CAPS Artist The Number Drummer connects Math and Music in masterful fashion with students of the DPS EL Prep Academy. See more here: https://youtu.be/iUUtiInceyI
Tri M Foundation Grant Opportunities
Check out the Tri-M Foundation's Performing Arts Grant Program.
The application deadline for the next round of funding is February 15, 2023.
Become an A+ Fellow
The NC Arts Council is recruiting the next cohort of A+ Fellows. These fellows conduct high-quality professional development for A+ schools and partner organizations. Learn more here.
Please note the following update to the DAC Mask Policy:
As of November 1, 2022 - Masks are Welcome in the DAC Building but not required. We encourage you to wear a mask if you will be in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to other visitors, students, or employees.
Students and instructors in the DAC Clay Studio are strongly encouraged to wear a mask due to clay materials and clay dust.
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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.
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.
You Shop. They Give.
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Durham Arts Council Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
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