Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Our House Opening for 3rd Friday!
"Our House" which features work from over 30 students and instructors at the DAC School opens this Friday, May 19th from 6-8pm! Come and see all the beautiful work our school creates!
Artist Spotlight: Rachel Evancavich
Meet new DAC Instructor Rachel Evancavich! You can view her work on display now, in "Our House" exhibition.
It's wonderful to be a part of the Durham Arts Council team. There has been a clear path that has led me to my upcoming adventures teaching Book of the Bizarre and Printmaking with DAC. I have been an art educator with Granville County Schools for 8 years now. I followed the path of most art teachers in transferring all my artistic skill, every waking moment of my life to the art of teaching, leaving little time for my own art. This was acceptable to me considering I really never relished the act of expressing myself through art. I met my then boyfriend and accountability partner in 2019, the amazing Kelly Stiles. Then during COVID, we made so much visual art and music together that my view on creating art changed.
A big part of that was the making of the Book of the Bizarre which was our Pandemic project and 2 years later we published it! I sell it at markets, and I use it in my classroom and have even hosted a school-wide competition for coloring, giving the winner great prizes. I really love teaching with the book. It's become a classroom resource. It's very different from many other coloring books out there because the images are surreal and hand-drawn and some of my friends are in it! Some friends of mine suggested I try teaching through the Durham Arts Council. So, I applied and got in. I love the idea of teaching with the DAC using the book because I can push the wild methods of coloring even further! During the coloring class we will use mixed media and also emphasize color theory with traditional mediums to bring the pages to life with some razzle dazzle.
Teach at the DAC! Fall Course Proposals are due by end of day Sunday, May 21st. This is for any course taking place between August 28 and December 15. Submit your proposal here!
We’re prioritizing adding more classes in Fiber Arts, Dance, Music and Youth Arts, as well as day-time offerings and Friday evening, one-time workshops – new and returning instructors are welcome to help us fill these needs! If new to teaching at the DAC, please get those proposals in as early as possible.
Looking for Summer Teen Volunteers!
Got a creative teen in need of some summer service hours? Have them apply now for our Summer Arts Teen Volunteer Program!
This program gives teen volunteers the opportunity to work in a studio classroom environment as assistants to teaching artists in our Summer Arts Camps. This opportunity is for highschoolers, and volunteers must be at least 14 years old by August 31, 2023.
We’re prioritizing volunteers for the following weeks: June 20 – 30 and August 21 – 25. Apply here!
Check out our Summer Teen Intensives!
Creative classes for creative teens! Sign up for our Summer Arts Teen Intensives. These week-long intensives are designed for middle/high school teens (Ages 13 – 17) that have some experience with art and want to learn more about a specific media in depth. Each intensive runs for 3.5 hours per day, and you can bundle a morning and afternoon intensive for a full day experience.
Scholarships are available, based on financial need. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship application.
Learn more about our Summer Arts Teen Intensives by visiting our website.
Feed Durham 3-Year Anniversary Cookout
Feed Durham just turned 3! Together, we’ve fed 155,000+ neighbors since 2020. To kick-off our birthday season, we’re hosting our annual cookout (May 18-21). We’re calling all volunteers new and old to join us for a festive time of reunion, remembrance and renewal as we cook for one another and our neighbors.
We need folks to volunteer between the hours of 9am and 6pm on both Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. On Saturday we're training folks to cook on burners, smokers, and griddles.
Sunday, May 21, 12pm to 3pm, we're hosting a Plant + Plan event to plant seeds for community gardens and we're also asking folks to help us breakdown the cooksite between 12pm and 4pm.
To volunteer, email email@example.com or sign up via BuddyDo: https://www.buddydo.com/d/fwyon9/1
Durham Ballet Theatre at the Carolina Theatre
Please join Durham Ballet Theatre’s return to the stage with “Enchanted Stories.” With this performance we are celebrating our return to the Carolina Theatre, May 20th at 3pm & 6pm.
Tickets can be purchased from the Carolina Theatre box office.
"Your South, Our South" at Rofhiwa Book Cafe
PEN Write Now presents “Your South, Our South,” a community event exploring the various ideas of the “South” through the experiences of emerging writers of color who identify beyond the region. Featuring an enlightening conversation between writer and educator Dasan Ahanu, Scalawag's Director of Movement Partnerships Jonah Vincent, and Rofhiwa Bookstore owner Naledi Yaziyo., attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a "Defining Your Personal South" zine production workshop.
Exploring themes of displacement, identity, and heritage, the workshop portion of this program will call on attendees to engage with their creativity and explore their personal understandings of the American South. Participants can respond with poetry/prose or visual art with the opportunity to have their work included in a zine that PEN Piedmont will print and distribute via Rofhiwa. All materials will be provided. Learn more here.
Creative Happenings: Interactive Art & Education Exhibit
You are invited to this show which displays student work from all year, next Tuesday May 23rd from 5:00-7:00 pm at 5001 Red Mill Road, Durham, NC 27704. This includes musical performances (directed by professional Bellino Evans), drama performances, displays of interactive art and food trucks before the event.
Now Showing at the Durham Art Guild
April 7 to June 4
Extra-spectral colors cannot be evoked with a single wavelength of light, but rather by a combination of wavelengths. From the technical challenge of re-creating color to the ultra-personal choice of which hues to include to the fact that, as Josef Albers noted, we can never even see color as it physically is, making it the “most relative medium in art,” the relationship of the Artist to color is as complex as possible.
This exhibit highlights several NC-based Artists that, on the surface, use colors that are “extra” (which is where their commonality ends) to evoke their intent through a combination of this color with forms and imagery as well as the concepts embedded in color’s many identities. Artists Jane Cheek, Jerstin Crosby, Zach Storm, Tonya Solley Thornton and Leif Zikade all require color to play a primary role in their work and their relationship to an audience.
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.