The 2023 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – November 18-19
The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Durham! The Holiday Market invites art lovers to experience a weekend featuring local artists, live music, world-class restaurants, and great shopping, at easily strollable venues in the Durham city center. The Holiday Market is the perfect transition from the harvest to the holidays! Free and family friendly! Find more information here.
Volunteers needed! More information here
CAPS Director, Al Strong Performs at Carolina Theatre’s Family Saturday Series– November 11 at 11am
DAC will represent with a performance and information at Carolina Theatre’s Family Saturday Series on November 11th! CAPS Director and local musician, Al Strong will headline the performance at 11am. Al is a two-time Grammy-nominated trumpet player, composer, recording artist, and educator. A cultural innovator, he is the co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, which spawned the original Art of Cool Music Festival in Durham. Al is lauded for his distinctively unique sound. Whether melting hearts at a whisper volume or being gracefully dynamic when the music calls for more intensity, his natural ability to strike listeners at their core is unmatched.
The Durham Arts Council Education Team will have information about Classes/Camps and CAPS in the Carolina Theatre lobby before and after the performance.
Make Your Plans for the Durham Pottery Tour– November 11-12
The Durham Arts Council Clay Studio is just one stop on this weekend’s Durham Pottery Tour! Check out local potters’ studios and community pottery schools, ask questions about processes and techniques, and add to your ceramic collection by purchasing directly from local artisans. The DAC Clay Studio will be open for self-guided tours during Open Studio this weekend, November 11 (10am – 4pm) and November 12 (1:15 – 4pm). Visitors can come see the Wheel, Hand building, and Glaze Studios located on the lowest level of our building at 120 Morris St. in Downtown Durham and speak with students/studio assistants about their work.
Donate to DAC & Enter Prize Drawing!
How to enter: Click SUPPORT THE ARTS on the top right corner of the newsletter or visit durhamarts.org and click DONATE in the right-hand corner, to securely donate to the Durham Arts Council.
All donors of $5 or more during the month of November are entered to win! Current DAC sustainers are automatically entered to win!
$5= one entry, $10= two entries etc.
More information below, including what are included in the prize drawings!
November Roundup for Friday Night Makes
This November, we’ll have three exciting one-time workshops at the DAC! Whether you want to learn a new skill or explore your creative side, there’s a Friday Night Make for you.
11/3 Ceramic Holiday Ornaments with Becca Hulett: Get messy and make something beautiful and functional in this fun hand-building workshop!
11/10 Handmade Art Journals with Jillian Lea: Learn bookbinding techniques to create your own handmade journal. Take them home and fill them up with your artistic creations!
11/17 Found Poetry with Maurisa Li-A-Ping: Found poetry uses words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources to give them new meaning. Explore the ways found poetry can help you reclaim your stories and truth, no poetry experience necessary.
Emerging Artist Information Session TONIGHT at 6pm!
Left to Right: Debbie Vu & Rachel Campbell, 2022 Emerging Artist Grantees
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). Selected grantees have the opportunity to be granted $1,500, plus we anticipate granting a total of $20,000 to Emerging Artists in this grant cycle.
Information sessions will be held 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.
The Snapdragon Fund is back! Snapdragon is VAE’s regional re-granting initiative funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Snapdragon Fund is offering grants that serve artists and communities in 12 north carolina counties: Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Wake, Wayne, Wilson. Applicants must be 18 or older. Previous grantees may apply.There are three grant options: Micro ($500), Research ($2,000), and Project ($5,000).
Micro Grants directly support individual artists with a demonstrated talent in social artistry. Micro Grants are intended to encourage emerging artists to invest in the creation of new work.
Research Grants directly support artists who want to do research for a new or ongoing project. Research Grants are intended to incubate ideas that have the capacity to develop into proposals for Project Grants.
Project Grants directly support artist or group organized projects of high artistic merit and community impact. Projects should prioritize fair pay for artists and community members. Eligible projects include exhibitions, workshops, archives, or performances.
Applications for the 23/24 round are open through 11/12/2023. For more information, visit snapdragonfund.org!
Cultural Roadmap Survey Deadline Extended to November 17th!
The City of Durham and Durham County is seeking input from all who live, work and play in Durham for the Durham Cultural Roadmap. Residents are asked to complete a brief survey on their priorities for the arts and culture in our community. The information gathered from these surveys will inform the development of the vision and goals for the new five-year cultural plan for Durham.
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.