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The arts councils from Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties, in partnership with WRAL-TV, are joining forces once again to present Big Night In for the Arts. This regional fundraising initiative has raised more than $615,000 to ensure the arts and culture will continue to thrive and remain a part of what makes the Triangle a unique place to live, work, and play.
Individual tickets for the Triangle-Wide Watch Party are now available for $75 while they last.
Join us at 6:00 p.m. at The Mayton in Downtown Cary for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Then at 7:00 p.m. our third annual Big Night In for the Arts will be shown on the big screen. During the show, WRAL-TV anchors will be at the party to give live updates, and, as a special treat, Grammy-nominated country musician Rissi Palmer will perform live for the broadcast from The Mayton.
There is a limited amount of tickets available, so secure your front-row seat to the big event TODAY!
Watch Big Night In on WRAL TV:
Thursday March 9th at 7 PM
This year’s line-up for the broadcast includes Grammy-nominated country musician Rissi Palmer (live from the watch party), roots music duo Chatham Rabbits, Tony Award-winning star Beth Leavel, Appalachian-Venezuelan fusion duo Larry & Joe, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, spoken word poet and current Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu, and just added…TikTok Dance Sensation Cost ‘n Mayor.
If you cannot join us for the watch party, there are other ways you can support the arts in the Triangle.
- Watch Big Night In from the comfort of your home on WRAL or WRAL.com at 7 PM on Thursday, March 9th.
Make a donation of any amount TODAY!
- Post on your social platforms prior to or during the event, and please tag us @durham_arts and use the hashtag #BigNightIn23
Remember: You will only have one shot to catch this hour-long broadcast, so make sure to tune in on March 9 at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit https://bignightin.org/
The broadcast will be closed captioned and audio described to increase accessibility for everyone interested in participating.
Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!
$10,000 Community Sponsor
Triangle Watch Party Sponsor
The broadcast will be closed captioned and audio described to increase accessibility
for everyone interested in participating.
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Registration for Spring Classes
Spring Class Registration is OPEN!
Woven Hall Hangings by Jillian Lea
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 email@example.com
Corrientes Latinas/ Latin Currents
Have you seen our current show at the Durham Arts Council?
“Corrientes Latinas/Latin Currents” highlights the work of the Inter-Latin American Artist Collective, a group of professional artists working in the Triangle Area.
This show is up through March 10th, 2023, only 1 more week to see it in person!
To learn more about this show click here.
“Brickcity Hug” by Jose Manuel Cruz
“El Gallo Giro” by Leticia Alvarez
Blog Posts by Piedmont Laureate, Dasan Ahanu
Have you checked out the blog posts by Dasan Ahanu?
Check out the posts and other upcoming events here.
Creative Capital: Grant Opportunity
Creative Capital provides grants up to $50,000 to individual artists to support the creation of groundbreaking new projects. The new application process comprises only 6 short questions.
The 2024 “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact” grant application for Visual Arts and Film/Moving Image is open through March 31, 2023 at 4:00PM ET
Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools Highlights
Black History Month Arts Collaboration at Northern High School
The collaboration featured artwork created with CAPS Artist, The Magic of African Rhythm, songs performed by chorus and band students, and the “Ohema To Be” performance by the theatre students.
Photos by Myra Stotesbury
It is the last weekend to check out Present Laughter!
In this show, Garry Essendine, world renowned actor, is preparing for a theatrical tour to Africa to distract himself from impending middle age. But in the weeks before the tour is to begin, he is beset by a series of fans and admirers – an unhinged young playwright, a besotted society starlet, and his manager’s wife who is determined to seduce him – who are determined to take his spotlight. One crisis leads into another as his quirky entourage try to keep him focused and the business in order – and a secret affair, once exposed, might tear apart his closely-knit family of friends.
Get your tickets here.
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.
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.