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SAVE THE DATE FOR BIG NIGHT IN FOR THE ARTS 2023!
Presented by WRAL and Four Triangle Arts Organizations on March 9
Featuring locally and nationally known artists with ties to the region
Durham, NC - On March 9, 2022, local arts agencies from Durham, Chatham, Orange, and Wake counties will once again partner with WRAL to present Big Night In for the Arts, a regional fundraising initiative with a superstar line-up including locally and nationally known artists with ties to the Triangle. Born from the pandemic, this event was a way to stay connected, while staying apart, and raise much needed funds for the arts in the Triangle, who were among the hardest hit by social distancing measures. Over the last two years, Big Night In has raised more than $615,000 to ensure that arts and culture will continue to thrive and remain a part of what makes our region a unique place to live.
Now that our communities are able to enjoy the arts in person, Big Night In for the Arts 2023 will include a Triangle-wide watch party in addition to the WRAL broadcast. Big Night In Sponsors at all levels will be invited to the in-person watch party to celebrate the arts in our region with live performances, drinks, food, and more at the Mayton Inn in Downtown Cary, NC. Everyone is invited to tune in to WRAL TV to watch the show at 7:00 pm on March 9th.
“WRAL is incredibly proud to partner with the Big Night In for the Arts teams for the third year. We know our arts community has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic in recent years and we are thrilled to share the message that arts performances are back in person and ready for our viewers,” said Joel Davis, Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV & FOX 50. “We know that support of local arts is critical to our community, to our neighborhoods and to our schools.”
“We truly learn about and appreciate each other when we come together to experience and share the arts. Art helps us tell our story – of our lives, our history, our families, our culture. Big Night In 2023 will support the arts and shine a light on how the arts heal our hearts, power our economy, and bring us together as a community,” said Sherry DeVries, Executive Director of the Durham Arts Council.
Arts supporters can join the effort prior to the event as sponsors or donate live during the event. Those who enjoy the arts across the Triangle can make a gift to benefit the four counties collectively or designate which specific county they would like to support. The sponsor deadline is February 3, 2022.
Tune in to WRAL on March 9, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. and show your support of the arts! For more information visit https://bignightin.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2023
Contact: Sherry DeVries, Executive Director
DAC Welcomes Colleen Scott!
Welcome Colleen Scott- our new Artist Services Manager, who started last week! Colleen grew up in Durham and is excited to be back and working at the DAC. Leading up to this role, Colleen has gained valuable experience in the non-profit art sector as Gallery Manager for the Old Sculpin Gallery and Gallery Associate with the Granary Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard, Gallery Assistant with the Smith Gallery in Boone and Marketing and Communications Intern with the North Carolina Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Art Management from Appalachian State University.
We are excited to welcome her to the DAC!
School Break Camp Highlights
The Guest Artist from our January School Break Camp was Denise Yookong Williams.
Denise showed examples of their own work and then led the group in
a beautiful activity. While listening to classical music, campers created drawings that
conveyed a feeling and then took turns sharing their creations.
Learn more about the amazing Denise Yookong Williams here.
Don't Forget to Register for Teacher Workday and Spring Camps!
9 AM to 3 PM. Drop-off begins at 8 AM. Need a full day?
Add the Afternoon Adventures program from 3-5:30pm.
Click here for more information.
Winter: Recycled Art on February 20
Spring: Harlem Renaissance
African Americans began seeking equal rights with the abolition of slavery at the end of the Civil War. As industrialization began, many people started to migrate north toward growing cities and the prosperity they promised. The Harlem district of New York City was one place that many African American’s started to call home and it soon became an area vibrant with art. Communities seeking to establish identities used theater, music and literature as ways to promote a singular African American culture and to push for social change. Come and learn about the visual art, performance and music that made
this an exciting time in American history.
March 27 – 31
DAC Partner + Grantee News
Upcoming Artist Opportunities
JTR Presents is producing an exhibition, currently titled “The Transparency Project” to empower trans communities by using the Arts as a platform for them to tell their individual, and collective, stories and regain their own agency. The hope for this is to grant the community the power and platform to tell their own story in their own way using the Arts. Learn more and Apply Here.
The NC Dance Festival seeks artists working in dance, visual art, music, spoken word, multi-disciplinary forms, and more for their 23-24 Festival season! Applications are due Feb 15.
Info and application here: https://danceproject.org/ncdf-apply/
South Arts is pleased to announce that the next application cycle of Jazz Road Tours will open on January 23 and Jazz Road Creative Residencies will open on February 8. These artist-centric grant programs put funds directly in the hands of jazz artists across the US to connect with audiences and develop creative work.
The International Downtown Association is working with Downtown Durham, Inc. and the city and county of Durham to help inform the future planning of downtown Durham. We are hoping to add your voice and those of many across the community to be sure
downtown best serves everyone.
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.
Have you checked out the
Arts & Cultural Directory for Durham and the Triangle Region:
Artists, Creatives & Cultural Workers?
Check it out here!
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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.
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