Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
DAC Welcomes New Board Members, Officers & New Board President!
Durham Arts Council is proud to announce our new Board of Trustees Members, and a new Board President and Officers. We are grateful for their talent, expertise and volunteer service to help lead the Durham Arts Council and advance the arts in our community!
Welcome New DAC Board Members
Ian Lee Brown
Vice-President and Chief Employee Experience Officer
Duke University Health System
Ian Lee Brown is vice-president and chief employee experience officer at Duke University Health System.
In his role, Brown leads the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy, culture and well-being. and workplace safety initiatives. He ensures these elements are embedded within the system’s culture, so employees can live their authentic selves and deliver exceptional care to our diverse population of patients.
Jose Manuel Cruz
Artist/Photographer CEO cruzwearstudios
Jose is a Puerto Rican/Columbian Latino Artist, and K-12 art educator. He has a unique style and loves working with color and all mediums. He also enjoys photography from fashion to nature. Many notable people own his artwork including Wendy Williams, Blair Underwood, Grace Jones, Tony Braxton, Paul Mooney, Fat Joe, Savion Glover, and Foxy Brown. He has won several awards for his art and has exhibited in the United States and recently in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Treasury Solutions Consultant, Truist
Following a year of rotation off the board, we welcome back Adam Allegrini for a new 3-year term, serving on the DAC Financial Operations Committee.
Adam is a Treasury Solutions Consultant with Truist Bank with many years of financial and banking experience that he brings to help advance the arts. He has served on DAC committees and the DAC Board for 10 years and also serves on the board of The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center.
Welcome New DAC Board President & Officers for FY2023-2024
DAC Board President
Vice President of Grid Operations, Duke Energy
DAC Board Vice President- Program, Policy, Planning
Tabitha Concepcion, CFP®
Wealth Advisor/Truist Wealth
DAC Board Vice President- Development
Executive Director, Helius
DAC Board Treasurer, Finance Operations
Emric Jorgenson, CPA
Pless & Company CPAs, PA
DAC Board Secretary, Governance & Nominating
NC Senator Mike Woodard
Duke University- Administration
Complete Listing of DAC Board of Trustees (click here)
Durham Cultural Roadmap Survey is Open!
Do you want to help shape the future of Arts and Culture in Durham? Take the Cultural Roadmap survey here
Be sure to take the Cultural Roadmap Survey before October 18, 2023. Your input is critical to the develop a new cultural plan for Durham!
Sign Up for School Break Camps!
Last week, campers learned about the work of visual artist Candy Carver and how to incorporate words into their paintings. Candy’s work can be found all around Durham and throughout the southeast.
You can join us too as we explore “My Bull City” and learn about visual and performing artists, history, and more.
Space is still available for School Break Camps in November and December.
Friday Night Makes October Roundup
October is here – have you signed up for your next Friday Night Makes workshop?! Grab a friend and hit the DAC for a fun and creative night of artmaking. Check out our roundup of FNM workshops coming this October and register for your spot today!
October 6 – Ceramic Birdhouses with Becca Hulett
October 13 – Woven Coasters with Jillian Lea
October 20 – Creative Writing Process & Style with Erim Akpan
October 27 – Zines with Nora Boyle
Now Playing in the PSI Theatre
Vault Theatre presents" The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"
“The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Based on the story by C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Le Clanche du Rand
C.S. Lewis’s classic story is brought to life in this innovative retelling of the heroic tale of love, courage, and the triumph of good over evil. Through this magical hour of storytelling, Lucy and Peter weave the tale of the struggle for the control of Narnia. In this inventive piece, two-actors bring to the stage the larger-than-life story with all the beloved characters of the Pevensie siblings, Aslan, Mr. Tumnus and the inhabitants of Narnia fighting against the reign of the White Witch. Join this adventure into the world of Narnia!
Tickets can be bought here:
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe | Vault Theatre
The VrroomVip Jazz Experience is back!
Back by popular demand, the VrroomVIP JAZZ Experience returns to Durham, NC. Unlike typical jazz festivals hosting thousands of people, VrroomVIP Upclose & Personal is known for hosting unique Live Jazz experiences in a small & intimate setting. Not just a concert, in addition to an amazing lineup, the VrroomVIP JAZZ Experience offers room packages for out-of-town guests, catered "Light Delight" Mix & Mingles and many more surprises, all included with each ticket.
Thursday, October 12th @ 8pm- The Baylor Project
Friday, October 13th @ 7pm- Marqueal Jordan
@ 9pm- David P Stevens
Saturday, October 14th @7pm- Kim Scott
@ 9pm- Jeff Lorber Fusion
DAC's Emerging Artist Application is Now Open!
The Emerging Artists Grant application is now open! This grant supports professional career development projects for individual artists living in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville and Person Counties, NC (see the website for additional information on eligibility). Information sessions will be held October 17, November 9 and December 11. All sessions are on zoom at 6 pm and you can request a link by emailing Margaret DeMott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due December 30, 2023. Additional information and application links can be found on the Durham Arts Council website.
This program is funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Anika James Foundation, The Kelley Katzenmeyer Fund for Emerging Artists, the Durham Arts Council and arts councils in partner counties.
HBCU Artist in Residence Opportunity
Built from the successful model established through the Artspace North Carolina Emerging Artist in Residence program, now in its 22nd year, this year-long residency focuses on recent graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) in North Carolina. Upon graduation students often lose resources, equipment, colleagues, and mentors. This HBCU Alumni Residency seeks to remedy those issues by extending the learning process and broadening the experience for recent graduates to build their career as a visual artist. There are more 4-year HBCUs in North Carolina than anywhere else in the country, and the Artspace HBCU Alumni Residency aims to highlight and support the many talented artists graduating from these culturally rich institutions.
This career-stimulus residency for an emerging artist includes a private, rent-free studio at Artspace in the heart of downtown Raleigh for one year with 24-hour access within a collaborative environment with 30+ other professional artists and art administrators. The residency runs January-December 2024. The application deadline is October 20, 2023. For more information visit https://artspacenc.org/calls-for-artist-residencies/
Deadline: October 20, 2023
Signature Digital Artwork Call for Artists
Cone Health, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (The ACGG), is excited to announce a unique opportunity for talented digital/visual artists or artist teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to create a signature digital artwork for a prominent 224-linear-foot Parking Garage Structure in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The selected artwork will be replicated on the Parking Structure Screen, a highly visible structure on Wendover Avenue, serving as a beacon of creativity and community engagement for all who pass by. This project is part of Cone Health's commitment to fostering an environment of health, well-being, connection, and community and will be adjacent to the forthcoming $160 Million Heart and Vascular Center, designed by the renowned global architecture and design firm HKS. FlexFacades will create the screen.
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
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.