ARPA Grant Applications are now OPEN!
Exciting News for Durham’s Arts & Culture Scene!
The Durham Arts Council is thrilled to announce the launch of the Culture and Arts: Invest to Restart ARPA Grant Program This $1 million initiative, funded through the American Rescue Plan funds allocated by the City of Durham, is set to help breathe life back into our vibrant creative community post-pandemic.
The two-year program will provide grants and free training/capacity building programs to support arts and cultural organizations, small businesses, and individual artists in Durham. All beneficiaries of these programs must provide documentation of financial loss due to the COVID pandemic and must be based in the City of Durham. The application portal opens on November 28, 2023, with the first-round application deadline set for January 15, 2024.
We are grateful for this American Rescue Plan Act support from the City of Durham which comes at a crucial time when arts and culture are emerging from the pandemic and when most Covid relief funding and Payroll Protection federal relief programs have ended. Durham’s arts and cultural sector faced substantial losses during the pandemic. While recovery is underway, persistent challenges remain. The DAC ARPA program seeks to bridge this gap by offering financial aid, training, and support for a swift and robust recovery.
For more information and start applying, visit https://durhamarts.org/arpa/
Creative Non-Fiction Writer and Washington Post Columnist Steven Petrow Selected as 2024 Piedmont Laureate
Photo Credit: Bethany Cubino
“Steven Petrow is the quintessential creative nonfiction writer, mentor, teacher, advocate, biographer, and community builder who speaks the language of the heart for so many of us,” says Jaki Shelton Greene, 2009 Piedmont Laureate and current NC Poet Laureate. “His artistic genius and warm personality have proven to be the backbone for his successful career and innovations in creative nonfiction that repeatedly serve to promote, engage, enrich and sustain the diversity of human stories, experiences, and connections.”
We are so excited to welcome Steven Petrow as the 2024 Piedmont Laureate! Read more here.
Registration for Spring School Break Camps is OPEN!
Creepy, crawly, fluttery and fun! Budding entomologists will put their insect knowledge to the test creating fabulous works of art inspired by the world’s coolest bugs.
March 18 – 22
March 25 – 29
April 1 – 5
April 1 (single day option)
School Break Camps (Ages 5-12) accommodate year-round and traditional school breaks and teacher workdays on Durham Public Schools calendars. Campers participate in both visual and performing arts inspired by an awesome camp theme. Each week has different activities, so campers can participate in multiple sessions!
Camp runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Drop-off begins at 8:00AM
Afternoon Adventures programming available for campers needing full-day care, from 3PM to 5:30PM
Now Playing in the PSI Theatre
Emerging Artist Information Session Monday, December 11th at 6pm
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. Deadline to submit applications is December 30th, 2023.
The information session will be held December 11 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 DAC is looking for grant 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
Durham Savoyard Open Auditions
Open auditions are Sunday Dec 10th 6-9pm at:
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts#500 Franklin Square1829 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Callbacks at Monday December 11th 5:30-9pm at:
The Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
Sign up here
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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.