Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
CenterFest 2023 is Coming: September 16 & 17 in Downtown Durham!
CenterFest is BACK and on September 16th and 17th! Get ready to enjoy live music, local art, delicious food, and so much more. We’ll have over 110 artists, live performances all day, and don’t forget to stop by the Kidzone or grab a snack at one of our many food trucks! We can’t wait to see you there!
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 sign up please use the link provided below.
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.
Artist Support Grant Closes August 31st!
Applications for the Artist Support Grant are closing on Augsut 31st! Funded by the NC Arts Council, the program provides professional development support grants to artists living in Durham, Orange, Person and Alamance Counties.
The application for the 2024 Piedmont Laureate in Creative Nonfiction is now open! The Piedmont Laureate in Creative Nonfiction serves for the calendar year 2024 and conducts programs in Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. The application closes October 3, 2023.
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 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
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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.