Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Welcome Wendy Leigh,
our new Arts Education Assistant Manager!
Wendy comes to DAC with 20+ years of experience as an art educator and administrator, working most recently with the grades 1-8 as a Handwork Teacher at Emerson Waldorf School for the past 10 years. Previously, she was the Education Coordinator at The Scrap Exchange and was integral to the development of the Summer Camp and Preschool Artplay programs there. Wendy completed an Applied Arts certification and recently began coursework toward a Master of Arts in Art Education. She has also been an advocate for children's play and learning with "loose parts", has facilitated workshops for early childhood professionals and parents, and has mentored art, handwork, and preschool teachers.
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.
Our House: DAC School Student and Instructor Show
Save the date for our annual "Our House" show featuring work from the DAC School students and instructors! The exhibit opening is Friday, May 19th from 6-8pm.
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.
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.