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Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Welcome to Amanda Miller -
our new DAC School Director
Please join us in welcoming our new School Director, Amanda Miller! Amanda is a community arts educator and administrator, who is excited to be joining the Durham Arts Council team as the next School Director. Originally from Richmond, VA, Amanda began her career teaching art out of a patchwork-painted cabin in the woods at her childhood summer camp. Since then, she has held creative economy roles in galleries, museums, community schools, art therapy organizations, and urban parks. Most recently, she served as the Director of Programs and Marketing at Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. where she managed over 450 free programs for the community each year serving 250,000 annual visitors. Notably, Amanda also developed the first Artist in Residence program at the urban parks organization, which is a model for innovative artistic opportunity grounding site-specific narratives and community engagement in an art-making process entirely realized in outdoor, public spaces. Amanda holds a M.Ed. in Community Arts Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, as well as a B.A. in Art History and Cultural Studies from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She currently also serves on the board of Family Support Network of Central Carolina. Amanda is passionate about culturally-responsive arts practice that honors authenticity and the diversity of the lived experience, and she looks forward to working with the DAC faculty and
staff to continue developing lifelong artists in our community.
You can reach Amanda at email@example.com.
Emerging Artists Grant Recipients
Congratulations 2022-23 Grantees!
Durham Arts Council is proud to invest $24,500 in
grants to these artists!
"Lucky Stephanie" by Titus Brooks Heagins
"The Only Adult Here Is The Dog" by Hyewon Grigoni
"Autoscopic Exposition" by Sia Yazdanfar
Linda Belans, Dance
Bronwyn Charlton, Literature
Jack Thegen-Crowley, Sculpture/Installation
Nick Dahlstrom, 2D
Zachary Gossett, Music
Hyewon Grigoni, 2D
Shardae Hasan, Theatre
Titus Brooks Heagins, Photography
Tatiana Markita Johnson, Literature
Kong Lor, Film/Video
Isabel Lu, 2D
Alexander Percy, Craft
Lucy Rexrode, Craft
Khalisa Rae Thompson, Literature
Kevin McNamee-Tweed, 2D
Sia Yazdanfar, Photography
Thank you to the Emerging Artists Grant review panelists:
Geraud Staton – Chair, Durham Arts Council
Renay Aumiller, Dance
Pasha Gray, Film/Photography
Arielle Hebert, Literature
Johann Montozzi-Wood, Theater
Chieko Murasugi, Visual Art
Omar Ruiz-Lopez, Music
Anna Wagner, Visual Art
This program is funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the Kelley Katzenmeyer Fund, the Anika James Foundation and Partner Counties.
Call for Artists for 2023-2024 is now open!
The Durham Arts Council's Call for Artists for 2023-2024 is now open! If you are interested in having a show at the Durham Arts Council for the year 2023-2024, we urge you to apply. We are accepting proposals for solo, and group shows for the dates of July 2023- June 2024.
Please fill out the application here.
The deadline for the application is March 20th, 2023. If you have any questions, please email our Artist Services manager Colleen Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Spring Classes
Spring Class Registration Opens on February 17th at 10 AM!
Click here to view all classes.
I Am Therefore I Think by Lisa Creed
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.
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
Creative Arts in
Public and Private Schools (CAPS) Updates
CAPS Artist Pline Mounzeo delivers his widely heralded performance “Bou Nzenza at Lakewood Secondary School to a group of eager students, parents, and staff!
CAPS Artist StoryUp!-Aerial Theater continue to dazzle students with a performance of “Aerial Aesop’s” at Mangum Elementary School!
Upcoming Events and Artist Opportunities
Moving New Futures: Embodied Movement for a Just Society
February 13, 2023, 7:00pm
Ruby Lounge, Rubenstein Arts Center
Brooks Emmanuel's Moving New Futures workshop uses somatic strategies to help social justice practitioners imagine new possibilities for a just society.
This Feb. 13 lecture-demonstration presents findings from workshops with
civil rights lawyers, organizers, and activists.
To RSVP: brooksemanuel.com
I AM AN ANCESTOR TOO
Sat, February 11, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Join The Durham Art Guild’s Resident Assata Goff for their ethereal solo exhibition opening; I Am An Ancestor Too (2023). This immersive mixed-media experience is centered around moments of self-reflection. Assata explores themes of eco-futurism through
a Black Queer magical realism lens.
Tickets and more information here.
Cast Your Vote in Best of Durham 2023! Deadline is February 22nd at 11:59 EST.
Durham Arts Council can be found in multiple categories,
including Best Art Gallery and Best Event Space.
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.