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Mission

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.

DAC is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization funded by earned revenues, grants and contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, and support from the City of Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vision

We envision a community where creativity and the arts are highly valued, positive and transformative forces in Durham’s cultural, educational, and economic life. We envision an excellent and sustainable arts and cultural sector that is vital to quality of life in Durham.

 

Goals

· To increase participation in high-quality arts experiences throughout the community,
· To expand arts education both in and outside of schools,
· To build an environment for artists and arts organization so that they can create and present their work, and
· To be a resource to the community for advocating, planning, and developing Durham’s arts and cultural community, creative place-making and building the creative economy

 

Mission

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.

DAC is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization funded by earned revenues, grants and contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, and support from the City of Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vision

We envision a community where creativity and the arts are highly valued, positive and transformative forces in Durham’s cultural, educational, and economic life. We envision an excellent and sustainable arts and cultural sector that is vital to quality of life in Durham.

 

Goals

· To increase participation in high-quality arts experiences throughout the community,
· To expand arts education both in and outside of schools,
· To build an environment for artists and arts organization so that they can create and present their work, and
· To be a resource to the community for advocating, planning, and developing Durham’s arts and cultural community, creative place-making and building the creative economy

 

2020-21 DAC Board of Trustees

BOARD OFFICERS

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Baron Tymas

Board President

Associate Professor of Music, North Carolina Central University

 

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Rick Grant

1st Vice President, Programs, Policy, + Planning Committee

General Manager, Power Generation Carolinas Operations East, Duke Energy Carolinas

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Janene Tompkins

Board 2nd Vice President, Co-Chair Development Committee

Co-Owner, Common Sense Financial and Accounting

 
Peter

Peter Wooldridge

2nd Vice President, Co-Chair Development Committee

Vice President of Corporate + Continuing Education, Durham Technical Community College (retired)

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Rick Jorgensen

Treasurer, Financial Operations Committee

CPA, Pless & Company

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Tabitha Concepcion

Secretary, Governing/Nominating Committee

CFP, BB&T Wealth
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Dr. Constanza Gómez-Joines

Immediate Past Board President

Assistant VP & Executive Director, Center for the Global Learner, Durham Technical Community College

BOARD MEMBERS

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Adam Allegrini

Immediate Past Board Treasurer

Business Development Officer, Vice President, Fidelity Bank

Susan

Susan Amey

President + CEO of Discover Durham

 
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Antonio Arce

Director, International Development, Latin America & Europe Duke Development Office
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Lori Blake-Reid

Director of Facilities, North Carolina Central University
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Eugene Brown

Founder & President, Distinctive Properties
 
 
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Heidi Carter 

Durham County Board of Commissioners
 
Appointed by Durham County Commission
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Nancy Clapp Channing

Immediate Past Board Secretary

Manager, Clinical Research Outcomes, Duke University (retired)
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Chandra Guinn

Director, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University

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Kenneth Hinton

Adjunct Instructor, Shaw University and NCCU; Artistic Director of the Agape Theatre Project

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Mark-Anthony Middleton

Durham City Council Member

Appointed by Durham City Council

 

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Marjorie Pierson

Visual Artist, Photography

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Geraud Staton

Executive Director, Helius

 

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Wade Walcott

Director, City of Durham Parks + Recreation Department

 Appointed by City of Durham

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Elisabeth Wiener

Independent Marketing and Advertising Professional

Staff Directory

LEADERSHIP

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Sherry L. DeVries

Executive Director

sldevries@durhamarts.org
919-560-2709

ARTIST SERVICES

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Margaret DeMott

Director of Artist Services

mdemott@durhamarts.org
919-560-2720
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Susan Tierney

Artist Services Manager

stierney@durhamarts.org
919-560-2719

ARTS EDUCATION

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Lauren Tannenbaum Whittaker

School Director

ltannenbaum@durhamarts.org
919-560-2735
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Janet Bell

Assistant School Manager + Registrar

jbell@durhamarts.org
919-560-2726
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Shana Adams

Director of Creative Arts in Public + Private Schools

sadams@durhamarts.org
919-560-2718
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Lillianna Hoffman

Arts Education Coordinator

saa@durhamarts.org
919-560-2730

DEVELOPMENT + COMMUNICATIONS

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Christy Thompson

Director of Development + Communications

cthompson@durhamarts.org
919-560-2707

FACILITIES

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Anthony Zefiretto

Director of Facilities + Visitor Services

azefiretto@durhamarts.org
919-560-2711
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Fay Marin

Assistant Manager of Facility Sales + Services

fmarin@durhamarts.org
919-560-2787
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Darriel Williams

Maintenance Assistant

919-560-2724
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Justin Bond

Maintenance Assistant

919-560-2724

CONTRACT SERVICES TEAM

Financial Accounting

Neal, Bradsher + Taylor PA

Angela Yearby
Michael Clonch
Joe Sullivan

Theatre Technical Support

No Regret Productions

Kevin Esprella
Bill Ogonowski

IT Management

Work Smart

Security Services

Durham County Sheriff Team

Team Lead: Deputy Derrick Neville

History

Founded in 1954 to promote and nurture the arts of Durham, Allied Arts was renamed Durham Arts Council, Inc. (DAC) in 1975 when it became what is now the second oldest arts council in the United States . Three years later, the Council moved in to the historic Central High School and City Hall building, which was constructed in 1906 at 120 Morris Street in downtown Durham. In the mid-1980’s, after a three-year renovation, the city-owned building became DAC’s long term home.

  • March 1954

    Allied Arts (the former name of Durham Arts Council) is incorporated as a nonprofit.

  • 1971

    Allied Arts begins its education program, offering its first classes in dance, craft, drama, music, photography and eurythmics.

  • 1974

    Allied Arts hosts the first annual two day Street Arts Celebration in Downtown Durham, which later developed into a two festival and was renamed CenterFest.

  • 1975

    Allied Arts changes its name to Durham Arts Council, Inc. as it is known today.

  • 1978

    DAC moves in to the historic Central High School and City Hall building, which was constructed in 1906.

  • 1979

    The Council for Creative Arts Program becomes a partnership program of DAC and Durham City and County Schools, changing its name to Creative Arts in Public Schools later called Creative Arts in Public/Private Schools.

  • 1984

    DAC develops the Emerging Artists Program and awards the first round of grants to local artists.

  • 1985-1988

    DAC runs a successful Capital Campaign, raising $5.3 million to renovate the city-owned building that it calls home. The ground-breaking is in 1986 and the staff return to the finished building in 1988.

  • 1999

    DAC’s clay studio moves offsite to accommodate the growing program. Eventually in 2011 the clay studio settled in its current Northgate Mall location.

  • 2006

    DAC accepts the responsibility of organizational leadership for the growing Art Walk program.

  • 2008-2011

    The DAC building undergoes a series of much needed “behind the scenes” updates, including HVAC system, flooring, storage areas, theater tech systems and more.

  • 2020

    DAC gets a complete makeover with a new logo, new signature colors, and a shiny new website!

Contact

Durham Arts Council Building
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC 27701

DAC Building Hours: M-Sat 9:00am – 9:00pm Sun 1:00pm – 6:00pm School Office Hours: M-Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm

919.560.2787

info@durhamarts.org

 

Clay Studio – Clay Classes Only
Northgate Mall 1058 W. Club Blvd. Durham, NC 27701 Space 836

Located on the plaza near Stadium 10 Theater

919.560.2726

jbell@durhamarts.org