One of this year’s superstar lineup for the March 7th BigNight In includes 2X GRAMMY nominated Pierce Freelon! With his joyful music blending hip-hop, electronic jazz and soul, Freelon’s modern and dynamic sound is inspired by his journey as a millennial dad and is carefully crafted for today’s modern families. Through honest and playful lyrics, rich melodies and fresh beats, he shares his story and welcomes kids and adults to his world.
Pierce’s critically acclaimed work has been featured on the TODAY Show, NPR, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Parents Magazine and the PBS Kids animated series’ Alma’s Way and Work it Out Wombats! He is also the co-creator and talent of the PBS Kids podcast “Jamming on the Job” and has written two children’s picture books with Little Brown. Pierce is currency GRAMMY nominated alongside his mother, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, for their first family album together, AnceStars.
For more information, go to https://bignightin.org/
DAC welcomes Denise Stroud as our ARPA Project/Data Manager
We are delighted to welcome Denise Stroud to the Durham Arts Council Team in the new position of ARPA Project/Data Manager. In this role, Denise will assist applicants to the Durham Arts Council’s City of Durham ARPA program and administer the review, contracting and reporting process. Denise brings an extensive skill set in business, nonprofit and creative sectors.
She recently completed an MS degree in Information Science at UNC and has experience as a financial and business analyst for Credit Suisse and Bentson Copple & Associates. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes Foundation Source, Summer Search and the Philadelphia Film Society, and she’s served on community non-profit boards in Greensboro and Philadelphia. Early in her career she spent 9 years in Zurich and Vienna with Goldman Sachs and Philips Electronics. In 2022 she won the UNC Bland Simpson Prize for Creative Non-fiction and in 2023 produced podcasts and radio features for WCHL’s Carolina Connection. Her favorite color is airport light blue!
We hope you have the opportunity to meet her soon. Denise can be reached at 919-560-2730 or email@example.com.
Open Call for Artists to show at DAC!
Interested in exhibiting work at the Durham Arts Council? We have an opening in our exhibition schedule for a show in July 2024!
The deadline to apply for this opportunity is March 15th, 2024. Please note there is a $5 application fee.
We can’t wait to see what you create!
Want to know more about DAC’s exhibits? Visit us at: https://durhamarts.org/exhibits/
Save the Date! Spring Registration Opens February 16
The digital version of our Spring 2024 catalog is available to view on our website. Check out our lineup of fabulous classes, camps, and workshops AT THIS LINK.
New classes this Spring include:
Print & Pattern Play (Ages 16+) with Theresa Pastoriza-Tan
Weekend Workshop: Weaving Tiny Bird Pockets (Ages 16+) with Jan French
Calligraphy: Art of Italic Writing (Ages 16+) with Anne Baugh
Landscape Photography (Ages 16+) with Freeman Long
Intro to Photographic Portraiture (Ages 15+) with Alec Himwich
Weekend Workshop: Music of the Circle (Ages 16+) with Eric Bannan
World Dance for Adults (Ages 13+) with McDaniel Roberts
Impressionist Painting for Teens (Ages 13-18) with Myra Stotesbury
Mark your calendars for Friday, February 16th at 10am for Spring registration’s opening day! Get a jumpstart by creating an account in our registration system HERE.
Seeking Visual Arts Instructors for Summer Camp 2024
Durham Arts Council (DAC) holds eleven weeks of camp each summer, including a series of Cultural Camps with Visual and Performing Tracks for ages 7-12. In each Cultural Camp session, campers will take a journey on a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a particular country. Each session culminates in a visual art exhibition and performance on the final Friday.
We are seeking a contracted Visual Art Instructor who has several years of experience as an arts educator or teaching artist. Our preference is to contract with one teacher who can teach all three Visual Track areas: 2-D dry and wet media, as well as 3-D sculpture as detailed in the camp schedule list below. A Bachelor of Fine Arts or arts related teaching degree is preferred but not required. Camp instructor positions are independent contract positions that pay $27/hour.
Applicants must be available from 7:45am – 3:15pm during the following Cultural Camp weeks, Monday through Friday:
June 17 – 28 (2 weeks, no camp June 19) – Jammin’ Jamaica: 3-D Sculpture (ex: ceramics, found object sculpture, papier mache)
July 8 – 19 (2 weeks) – Fabulous Finland: 2-D Dry Media (ex: drawing, collage, fiber arts such as weaving and embroidery)
July 29 – August 2 (1 week) – Festive Philippines: 2-D Wet Media (ex: painting, printmaking, mixed media)
The Visual Track will be divided by age into three groups of 15 campers each, and the groups will rotate through all three areas of visual art throughout each day. Supplies are provided by the DAC. Camp Instructors design their own curriculum and prep all activities.
Optional opportunities available for subbing other weeks of camp or co-leading the extended day program, Afternoon Adventures, from 3-5:30pm.
Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Wendy Leigh, Arts Education Assistant Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For qualified applicants, an interview will be scheduled.
To find out more about the Durham Arts Council summer camp programs please visit https://durhamarts.org/dac-art-camps/. Background check and COVID vaccine required before employment.
DAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. DAC is committed to Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.
Scholarships Available for DAC School
Apply today! Limited scholarship funding is available for youth/adult classes and School Break Camps to cover up to 50% of the tuition for those with low income (Summer Camp scholarships also available!). Please email Arts Education Assistant Manager, Wendy Leigh at email@example.com for a scholarship application.
Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of the Fox Family Foundation, Durham Merchants Association, Sheetz, the Arlene Hyman Fund, and individual donors.
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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.