Creating a Vibrant Community Through the Arts
Third Friday at DAC (THIS Friday, Oct. 20th)
Opening of two new exhibits at DAC!
Come join us for an evening filled with art and live music. Our celebration will be from 6pm-8pm, this Friday, October 20th in the Durham Arts Council Building for Third Friday! Music provided by guitarist/songwriter Leia Sadiku, as part of DDI’s Third Friday busker program.
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!
During DAC School Break Camps, campers participate in both performing and visual arts activities that are inspired by the camp theme. This fall, campers are learning about the arts and cultural heritage of Durham. From the sounds of musicians to the murals on the town’s walls, we’ll explore the history of Durham, its people, and our own unique places within it.
You can join us too as we discover what makes “My Bull City” so special and how we can make our mark in Durham history.
Space is still available for School Break Camps and Afternoon Adventures in November and December.
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 20th, 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!
CAPS artist Karen Novy will lead a community circle sing along at the farmer’s market this Saturday
Our friends at Tobacco Road Tours will lead you on a family-friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and kids (children 8 years & older please) seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history as it takes you to six different Ghost & Paranormal sites including Bull Durham Factory, Kress Store Building, Devil’s Teacher, Hotel Malbourne Memory, Snow Building and the Liggett-Myers Factory stories are on the itinerary.
Make a donation to Durham Arts Council today at any level and enter this gift drawing!
To enter without donating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located at Mettlesome Theater (in Golden Belt, 800 Taylor Street, Suite 9-156, Durham, NC, 27701), Bull City Press’s downtown reading series brings you poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers. And stick around for Golden Age, which generally features one of the readers inspiring improv comedy. Free to the public.
Join the mailing list to receive an invitation: https://bullcitypress.com/reading-series/join-the-mailing-list/
Durham Symphony November Concert
On Sunday, November 5th, at 7 PM, The Durham Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro William Henry Curry, will transport audiences through a musical journey at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. In addition to beloved selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, the evening will unveil some true rarities, including the world concert premiere of the Tchaikovsky/Rapée Symphonie Elégiaque. This orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio, discovered in an archive by Maestro Curry, promises to be a poignant highlight. It has been used as ballet music, but never performed at a concert. A gifted student trio from UNC-Chapel Hill, coached by conductor Tonu Kalam, will perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio. The program will also feature another rare gem, Tchaikovsky’s Military March. Originally for piano, the work was orchestrated by Maestro Curry and was premiered by the Durham Symphony several years ago at the Carolina Theatre. Don't miss this unforgettable night of classical brilliance and historical significance.
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.
Our Contact Information
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.