Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Durham's Young Artists Need Your Support
(Clockwise from top left) DAC Summer Cultural Camps: Nifty Nepal; Great Galapagos; Joyous Djibouti; Picturesque Paraguay
Nurturing the Next Generation of Art and Creativity in our Community
Each summer, Durham Arts Council welcome hundreds of 5 to 13-year-olds from our community to our Summer Cultural Camps and Mini Camps. These fully immersive camps provide the next generation with a cultural and artistic experience that is crucial to their development and to the future of our thriving local arts community.
This summer, DAC welcomed nearly 1,000 campers to explore global perspectives on art and culture through four thematic adventures: Nifty Nepal; Great Galapagos; Joyous Djibouti and Picturesque Paraguay! Guided by talented teaching artists, the campers were immersed in the music, dance, history, visual arts and cultural traditions of each country. We are thrilled and inspired by the creative energy each of our young campers brought to these experiences each day, and we feel honored to play a role in nurturing the next generation of artistic and cultural expression that is so crucial to our thriving community.
Your gift to Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund provides the core support necessary to carry out our important community-focused programs and services, including our Summer Cultural Camps and Mini Camps. With your help, we can continue to provide critical resources to support the next generation of locally developed art and culture that make Durham and our surrounding communities so special and important.
Giving is easy!
Just click on the button below to donate online safely and securely. You may make a one-time gift or you could amplify the impact of your gift by making a monthly contribution.
If you have any questions about how to donate or the impact of your gift on our local arts community, please contact our new Director of Development and Communications, Dave Colner, at email@example.com or 919-560-2707.
Exercise Your Creativity With DAC's Fun Fall Classes!
116 Fall Classes – that’s what’s on offer starting August 28th! Have you signed up for your next creative outlet yet? Don’t miss out on grabbing your spot.
Introducing: Friday Night Makes
Schedule too tight for a weekly class? Looking for something fun to do to kickoff your weekend? Want to pick up a new creative hobby? Join us at the DAC for Friday Night Makes, our NEW workshop series, offering a fun and laidback art-making experience every Friday night this Fall!
These workshops offer a one-night-only opportunity to get creative in everything from ceramics to collage, writing to wellness and more! Class prices range from $25-35. Check out our online catalog of classes and look for ‘Friday Night Makes’ for the full lowdown on all the workshops coming this Fall.
Feed Durham Presents: "Lovingly Prepared By"
"Lovingly Prepared by: A Multimedia Experience by Feed Durham" is now showing at the DAC. Covering both the first and second floor gallery spaces, "Lovingly Prepared by" is a celebration of Feed Durham’s inspirational work during the pandemic.
Founded by Filmmaker Katina Parker, Feed Durham is a scrappy mutual aid collective that came together in response to mounting hunger in the Durham area, due to COVID. Since 2020, Feed Durham has fed 155,000+ neighbors in need through massive no-contact cookouts, where they lovingly prepare meals for 500 people per day, and offer grocery giveaways.
Calling All Photographers and Videographers!
The Durham Arts Council is looking for photographers and videographers to document DAC programs, including festivals, special events, classes and camps. Photographers and videographers who wish to be considered for future DAC contracts should apply. Priority will be given to those from Durham and the Triangle.
The CenterFest Arts Festival has been a staple of the Triangle for nearly 50 years. Promoting local visual, as well as performing artists, the festival serves as a reminder of the impact art has on modern-day society. With the help of valuable volunteers, CenterFest has the potential to have an even greater influence.
If your organization is looking for an event to volunteer at, look no further. This experience is not only critical for supporting local artists and non-profits, but it will also be fun as well! To find out more about the festival and to sign up please use the links provided below.
ATTENTION: The Artist Support Grant Application Period Ends on August 31st.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu's Upcoming Events
Check out Piedmont Laureate Dasan Ahanu's upcoming events and blog post:
Latest Blog Post
Give the Piedmont Laureate a follow with the links below!
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!
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.