Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Registration for Fall Art School Is Opening Soon!
Sign up for A Teen Intensive Printmaking Class Today!
Teen intensive camps are designed for middle/high school students (ages 13-17) who have some experience with art and want to learn more about a specific media in depth. This particular opportunity allows campers to explore fun and creative techniques for making prints. From stamps to T-shirts, concert posters to botanical prints--it is fair to say that the opportunities are endless!
Creative Community Partners Needed
The City of Durham is in the midst of developing a cultural roadmap for the next five years! The Durham Arts Council is pleased to be participating in this effort as part of the Steering Committee, along with many other cultural partners.
By infusing local artists, writers, performers, and other creative workers in the planning process, the final cultural plan will look to reflect promote a greater sense of vitality for Durham’s unique cultural community. The selected Creative Community Partners (CCP) team will be 3 to 5 artists and/or creative workers who will act as members of the project team. They will help to design, host and participate in community engagement opportunities as a sub-contractor of the consultant, AMS Planning & Research.
If you are interested, more information can be found here.
The City of Durham's Festivals and Special Events Request for Proposals has Opened Up
The City of Durham recognizes that festivals, parades, and other celebrations play an important role in fostering community well-being, creating local identity, and in contributing to an improved quality of life of Durham residents and visitors.
Currently, Durham is seeking proposals from qualified entities for new or existing cultural and arts festivals and special events occurring between July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024.
You can find more information HERE
The Durham Arts Council is Looking for Panelists!
Are you interested in serving as a grant review panelist for the Durham Arts Council?
Every year DAC assembles review panels to evaluate grant applications and recommend awards for its grant programs. If you would like to be considered to serve as a panelist, click here for more details and the interest form. All review tasks occur online so panelists do not attend meetings in person. Panelists are paid an honorarium for their time. Questions? Email Margaret DeMott at email@example.com
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. These artists invite their audience to suspend disbelief, delve beneath beauty and surface appearance, and enter a world of transmutation and fluidity.
Now Showing at the Peel Art Gallery: Applied Force
Top left: “Lord Help Me” by Bill Flick; Top right: “Blues from an Airlplane” by Robby Poore; Bottom right: “Mama's Gift;" by Chieko Murasugi
Beyond its standing reputation of being the visual zeitgeist of popular culture, screen printing can go beyond Warholian repetition and graphic line and letter. Within the canon of contemporary art practices, this medium gets pushed out to commercial arts and merchandise more times than included in any fine art category. There can be solely a visual purpose behind this practice, and it can be as fine as the mesh it uses. We don’t all print T-Shirts.
Applied Force is an exhibition of North Carolina based printmakers.
The opening for this exhibit will be during 2nd Friday (July 14th) from 6-9PM
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!
DAC is pleased to welcome our new Director of Development & Communications, Dave Colner, in July. He has worked with DAC on contract through Moss + Ross since January and now transitions to the full-time position.
Dave has over fifteen years of nonprofit fundraising and communications experience and is thrilled to support DAC's arts and cultural mission and play a role in its success. Dave has spent the majority of his career supporting Indigenous and environmental justice organizations and is excited to bring his unique experience and perspective to DAC's team. Joining DAC will allow him to shift his focus to supporting Durham's thriving local arts community. He has long had a passion for music, art and architecture (including a brief stint in music school during his college years) and spends much of his free time exploring the Triangle's incredible, growing cultural experiences with his young children.
After earning his Masters in Public Administration at New York University, and nearly a decade in NYC, Dave and his family moved to the Triangle in 2017. He was drawn to our community's reputation for cultural diversity, tolerance and growth. Dave says, “I am honored to join the DAC team and look forward to supporting our community's cultural growth.”
Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu's Upcoming Events
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Latest Blog Post
Give the Piedmont Laureate a follow with the links below!
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.