Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Dear Arts Friends,
I LOVE DURHAM ARTISTS & ARTS ORGANIZATIONS! The incredible talent and creativity of our Durham arts sector always inspires me! As I close out my term as President of the Durham Arts Council Board of Trustees, I am asking you to join me in supporting the arts in Durham!
Your donation to the DAC Annual Arts Fund provides:
- Encouragement and financial support for emerging, mid-career, and established artists.
Vital operating funds for dozens of arts organizations in Durham.
- Arts experiences and education for children in Durham schools.
- Exciting arts camps and life-long learning arts opportunities for toddlers to seniors!
Arts festivals and events that bring us together in celebration!
Please join me in making a gift today to the ARTS – making Durham the unique and vibrant community where we want to live and work!
In Creativity and Joy,
Dr. Constanza Gómez-Joines
President, DAC Board of Trustees
Top Left: Mural done by Emerging Artist Grantee Isabel Lu
P.S. Please give securely online before June 30th to help the arts thrive this summer!
Visit the Durham Arts Network to learn more about local artists/organizations!
Arts & Cultural Directory for Durham and the Triangle Region:
Artists, Creatives & Cultural Workers
Check it out here!
Summer Arts Camp Scholarships are Still Available!
Scholarships are still available for DAC Summer Arts Camps! If your family is in need of financial assistance, please apply today for a scholarship up to 75% off the cost of tuition for your camper. Scholarships are available for Cultural Camps, Mini Camps, and Teen Intensives. Apply HERE!
The Artist Support Grant Application is Now Open!
Artist Support Grant applications will close on August 31, 2023. Artists living in Durham, Orange, Person and Alamance Counties are welcome to apply! For more information, you can follow this link.
Stop by for "Our House" Before July 6th
"Our House", which features work from DAC School instructors and students, will be coming down July 6th. Be sure to stop by and check out this fun show that highlights the creativity of our school!
The 21c Museum Hotels Artadia Award is now Accepting Applications!!
The Third Annual 21c Museum Hotels Artadia Award has opened for residents of the Triangle. This collaborative initiative between 21c Museum Hotels and Artadia aims to support and celebrate the creative communities of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Orange, Person, and Wake counties.
The 21c Artadia Award grants $15,000 in unrestricted funds to one exceptional artist each year. This grant is specifically designed to provide crucial support and recognition to artists at pivotal stages in their careers, strengthening arts communities and inspiring new levels of achievement.
The application period is open from June 15 to July 15, 2023, and there is no application fee.
For more information, visit the award's website here.
A Call for Instructors at Kidznotes
Kidznotes is seeking to fill several program positions. Start dates range from late August through early October. The program engages with students in grades 1st through 12th in an intense out-of-school music program. While enrolled in the program, students receive instruction in choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band.
If you are interested in any of the positions to the right, please consider visiting Kidznotes' Jobs page for more information.
- Program Manager - Administrative
- Program Manager - Curriculum & Personnel
- 2 Program Assistants
- Ensemble Coach
- Mozart Program Coordinator
- Applied Music (Violin, Cello) Teaching Artist
General Music Co-Teacher (DPS Teachers only)
Now On Display at the Durham Art Guild
"A Walk with Myself"- An Original Collection by Ji Ahn Kang
"Unfolded Stories" (Pine Tree) by Ji Ahn Kang
The Triangle Community Foundation and the Durham Art Guild present “A walk with myself” featuring new works by Triangle-based artist Ji Ahn Kang. In this exhibit, artist Ji Ahn Kang gives viewers permission to slow down and take a walk with themselves. In doing so, hopefully they are able to find bliss in the beauty and stillness of nature. This collection reminds us that it is ok to take it slow and take in the moment.
This exhibition is on view virtually at the Triangle Community Foundation’s website June 13, 2023 – January 15, 2024 (and beyond).
VIEW THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION INFORMATION: LINK HERE
The Durham Art Guild presents Visceral Structures, featuring works by Sudie Rakusin, Holly Fischer, Susan Finer and Ivana Milojevic Beck
“Dilemna” by Holly Fischer; “Woman with Persimmon” by Sudie Rakusin; “Weathering 6” by Susan Finer; “Umbilicus” by Ivana Milojevic Beck
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.
The Durham Art Guild also presents “Free Associating” an exhibition displaying the work of students from DAG’s 2023 Creative Mentorship Program
Front images: We all Bleed the Same by Jazzmin Myrie, Meow by KaNora Graham, Golden Goddess by Xireon Pool, Untitled 2 by Elizabeth Nava
The Creative Mentorship Program empowers high school students to discover and develop their creative voices and artistic skills through 20 weeks of dedicated work with a professional artist at Golden Belt, involvement with the local arts community through monthly group field trips and workshops, and a month-long exhibition in the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt.
This magnificent exhibit takes place in the Golden Belt and continues from June, 12th to July 7th. Stop by and check it out!
Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu's Upcoming Events
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.
Our Contact Information
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.