Founded in 1954 as Allied Arts, we became a recognized arts council and changed our name to Durham Arts Council, Inc in 1980. In the mid 1980s, after a three year renovation, the city-owned former City Hall building became DAC’s long term home and, together with the adjacent Carolina Theatre, part of the Royall Center for the Arts in Downtown Durham.
Learn More about our Facility
Since the 1950’s, we’ve been working to make our vision of art for all a reality. You do not need to be a resident of Durham to use our space or services, or to take one of our classes! (Although some restrictions may apply to our grant and exhibit programs.)
Durham Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities, and services available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender preference, marital status, or political affiliation.