Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Art & Economic Prosperity Survey 6 Results for Durham
Groundbreaking Study Reveals Economic and Social Impact of $233 Million from Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector in Durham, NC
Durham Arts Council today announced that Durham’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $233,059,155 in economic activity in 2022, according to the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic and social impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts. That economic activity–$148,744,106 in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $84,315,049 in event-related spending by their audiences supported 3,246 jobs and generated $27,141,859 in local, state, and federal government revenue. Spending by arts and culture audiences generates valuable commerce to local merchants, a value-add that few other industries can compete with. Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study reveals that America’s nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry—one that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.
Social Impact: For the first time, AEP6 expands beyond the economic and financial data to include social impact measurements of arts and culture’s effect on the well-being of communities and residents.
· Equity and Inclusion: AEP6 broke new ground by prioritizing equity, community engagement, and inclusivity. With the goal of reducing systemic bias, Americans for the Arts transformed its approach and expanded the inclusion and participation of organizations serving or representing BIPOC- (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and ALAANA- (African, Latine, Asian, Arab, Native American) identifying communities.
“As President of the Board of Trustees for Durham Arts Council, I am so pleased that the AEP 6 study prioritized equity, community engagement, and inclusivity which is in keeping with our organization’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion. Durham’s BIPOC and ALAANA centered organizations play a strong role in preserving and sharing cultural heritage and artistic traditions. Across our community, arts and culture are vital to strengthening our well-being, shared humanity and joy,” stated Rick Grant, Durham Arts Council Board President and Vice President, Grid Operations, Duke Energy.
Key figures from Durham NC AEP6 study include:
• Durham’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $233,059,155 in economic activity in 2022.
• Durham County, NC nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $84,315,049 in event related spending by its audiences.
• The typical attendee spends $35.88 per person per event, not including the cost of admission.
• 43% of arts and culture attendees were from outside the county in which the activity took place. They spent an average of $44.65. All vital income for local merchants.
• 89.4% of respondents agreed that the activity or venue they were attending was “a source of neighborhood pride for the community.”
• 86.5% said they would “feel a sense of loss if that activity or venue was no longer
The full report, a map of the 373 study regions, and a two-page economic impact summary for each, can be found at AEP6.AmericansForTheArts.org. Durham’s report and summary are at www.durhamarts.org
Durham Cultural Roadmap Survey is Open!
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!
Join the Monster Parade & Help Raise Funds for DAC!
We want to see your spookiest, craziest, prettiest monsters come to life in AR!
Wanna join in on the fun?
1. Draw your best monster!
2. Submit your monster! From now until Oct 15th, visit durhamproductions.com to submit a picture of your drawing!
3. Pay-what-you-can! Each submission includes a pay-what-you-can fee that helps raise money for the Durham Arts Council!
4.Get the Membit Inc. AR app (get.membit.co), and head to Durham Central Park @durhamcentralpark from Oct 20th-31st to see your monsters in the parade!
Fall Classes Part 2 Coming Soon!
Our second round of Fall classes is coming in HOT! October is a reset offering a whole new session of courses running this month through mid-December. Don’t miss out on your chance to take classes in visual art, theatre, creative writing, wellness, and more. Here’s a rundown of classes with open seats starting soon:
Drawing II: Value & Composition, starting October 26 | Intro to Illustration, starting October 23 | Landscape: Larger Paintings from Smaller Studies, starting October 24 | Beginning Watercolor, starting November 1 | Watercolor Again! starting November 1 | Weekend Workshop: Watercolor Batik, November 18 + 19 | Guided Painting Studio, starting October 26 | Painting Gone Wild, starting November 6 | Weekend Workshop: Intuitive Painting, November 4 + 5 | Linocut Printmaking in Color, starting October 26 | Woven Wall Hangings, starting October 25 | Weekend Workshop: Weaving Little Jack Pumpkins, October 29 | Four Week Photography Bootcamp, starting October 26 | Digital Photography I, starting November 7 | Intro to Graphic Design, starting November 1 | Novel Writing 101, starting November 4 | Intermediate Acting, starting October 12 | Improv Hour, starting November 2 | Yoga, starting October 25
World Dance, starting October 23 | Creative Drama, starting October 23 | Acting Essentials, starting October 23 | Musical Theatre Creation, starting October 25 | Advanced Actor Training, starting October 25 | Creative Movement for Little Ones, starting October 28 | Art Explorations, starting October 19 | Cartoon Sketching: Anime & Manga, starting November 1
PLUS! Friday Night Makes Workshops every Friday!
Durham-based teaching Artist, Jillian Lea, recently visited School Break Camp to share her work with the extended day campers in Afternoon Adventures. Guest Artists bring arts activities to camp that make connections with their medium across learning disciplines.
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 and Afternoon Adventures in November and December.
Now Playing in the PSI 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!
Applications are due December 30, 2023. Additional information and application links can be found on the Durham Arts Council website.
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.
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
Deadline: October 20, 2023
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.