Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Dear Arts Friends,
Summer is in full bloom here at the Durham Arts Council, and we couldn't be more excited about the creative energy that's swirling around us. I’m reaching out to you and other friends of DAC because the arts need your help!
Your donation this season will provide exciting arts experiences for everyone in our Durham community and support the amazing arts organizations and artists that call Durham home.
Durham Arts Council has been a vital part of the cultural landscape in our city and region for nearly 70 years. We provide support for artists and arts organizations, including grants, workshops, arts jobs, facility space and gallery exhibits. We also offer classes, festivals, exhibits and performances to the public, making the arts accessible for all. DAC advocates daily for the important role of the arts in our society.
Your donation will have a real impact on the community, inspiring creativity, promoting diversity, and fostering a sense of connection and belonging. The arts programs you support will bring people together, encourage dialogue and understanding, and help us all to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the world around us.
Your donation this summer makes art happen:
-Children ages 5 to 13 in our Summer Cultural Camps this year will learn about the artistic and cultural traditions of Nepal, Galapagos Islands, Djibouti, and Paraguay through music, dance, art, and theatre.
-Teens will explore and develop their talents in theatre tech, acting, fashion, fiber arts, creative writing, cartooning and more!
-Vital arts organizations and talented artists in Durham will receive financial grant support from DAC to help them develop and grow their artistic skills, programs, and businesses.
And so much more! Check out what’s happening at www.durhamarts.org
By sending your donation to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, you are helping to ensure that the arts are revived, restored and accessible during this rebuilding post-pandemic time. Can we count on you to support the arts? By giving back to the arts community you are investing in the future of Durham and helping to make it a more vibrant and creative place for everyone.
Durham Arts Council
P.S. Please give securely online before June 30th to help the arts thrive this summer!
Applications for the Artist Support Grant opens on June 15th!
Artist Support Grant application opens on June 15th! To learn more about the grant and apply click here.
The Durham Arts Council School is in the spotlight with Our House, an annual exhibition of student and instructor artwork. This celebration of DAC School participants showcases our vibrant community arts education program; the Durham Arts Council School provides over 700 courses each year to more than 4,000 adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, dance, photography, writing, fiber arts and more. The art in Our House reflects the hard work and creativity of our students, and the professionalism and expertise of our instructors. Our House is on view in the Allenton (first floor) and Semans (second floor) Galleries.
See you at the DAC for June Third Friday!
Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Kleinmann
View Rebecca's work in the DAC galleries for "Our House” show
Jazz multi-instrumentalist, Rebecca Kleinmann has learned to ride the force of music like a steady current on a warm June day. For over twenty years, Kleinmann served her California community as a music educator. She is a fully certified Orff Schulwerk music teacher. Recently, as an advocate of the Orff Schulwerk model, she has engaged in training workshops in San Francisco, Ghana and Brazil. After making a move that has closed the distance between her family, Rebecca now finds herself in Durham. Currently, Rebecca works alongside the Durham Arts Council as a summer camp instructor. Rebecca is also a professional painter who uses the medium to express herself and listen to music in new ways. Her work is now on view in DAC's "Our House" show.
In addition to her skills as an educator, Rebecca also possesses a world-renowned skill set as a professional flutist. As a performer, she has gained acclaim internationally and has performed with legends of Brazilian music, Flamenco and Jazz including Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira and Toninho Horta. In Durham, Kleinmann, along with her Latin Jazz Sextet, have opened for the Durham PLAYlist Concert Series. Her Brazilian Choro bands, "Noites Carolinas" and "Também" also regularly perform at a plethora of local establishments. Spending nearly a lifetime with Jazz, it is clear that Kleinmann, as well many of her other peers, hold a certain affinity for the art of performance. Her next major performance will be at Sharp 9 Jazz Gallery on July 21st.
Interested in Rebecca's work?
Additional information can be found here
Now Playing in PSI Theatre
Agape Theatre Project Presents: "CROWNS- The Gospel Musical"
Crowns is a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old girl. Yolanda is on a self-destructive path running the mean Englewood streets of Chicago. Yolanda’s mother sends her down south to live with her Grandma Shaw after Yolanda’s brother is shot and killed. Grandma Shaw introduces Yolanda to her circle of “Hat Queens” (each woman owns at least one hundred hats). Crowns has been one of the most produced musicals in the country and has played at the top regional theaters. Crowns is enjoying critical acclaim and great audiences and Agape Theatre Project open 2023 season with this arousing musical.
Friday, June 23rd at 7:30pm, Saturday, June 24th at 4pm and Sunday, June 25th at 3pm at the PSI Theatre.
Now Showing in the Durham Art Guild
The Durham Art Guild presents Visceral Structures, featuring works by Sudie Rakusin, Holly Fischer, Susan Finer and Ivana Milojevic Beck. Opening on June 16th, 6-9pm!
Ivana Milojevic Beck, Susan Finer, Holly Fischer, and Sudie Rakusin are four artists with distinctly different voices who all share the desire to push the boundaries of their chosen media and present work that challenges conventions by recontextualizing the familiar. Their work explores identity with the goal of breaking free from social constructs. By manipulating expectations, these artists explore a balance between the contrasting forces of complexity and chaos versus stillness and harmony. These artists invite their audience to suspend disbelief, delve beneath beauty and surface appearance, and enter a world of transmutation and fluidity.
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.